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Hariri Inaugurates Projects in Tripoli, Says Agrees to 'Any Electoral Law'

Prime Minister Saad Hariri began an unannounced visit on Thursday to the northern city of Tripoli as part of a tour to inspect the implementation of a number of developmental projects in the area.

“Saad Hariri will support any electoral law, regardless whether it is based on proportional representation or a hybrid system,” Hariri said.

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Man Kills Wife, Daughter Before Committing Suicide in Tyre

A man shot his wife and 15-year daughter before turning the gun on himself in a domestic-murder suicide in the southern city of Tyre, the National News Agency reported on Thursday.

Identified by his initials, M.Sh from the town of Jnata in Tyre killed his wife (S.Sh) and daughter before committing suicide, NNA said.

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Mashnouq Says Parliament's Responsibility to Call for Elections

After his announcement that Lebanon's parliamentary elections are doomed to be staged under the controversial 1960 law if a new law is not agreed, Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq pointed out that calling “again” the electoral bodies to begin preparations for the elections is the parliament's responsibility, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Thursday.

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Stances Interact after Riyadh Summit, Cabinet Renews BDL Governor Term

President Michel Aoun chaired an ordinary cabinet meeting at the Presidential Palace in Baabda that tackled agenda items, the outcomes that emerged after the Riyadh summit and renewed the term of the Central Bank governor.

Aoun chaired the meeting in the presence of Prime Minister Saad Hariri and the ministers, NNA said.

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Gen. Joseph Aoun Hails Army's Efforts, Determined to Bring Kidnapped Soldiers Home

Army Commander General Jospeh Aoun hailed the army's relentless efforts to confront terrorism and the Israeli army, vowing determination to unveil the fate of the soldiers abducted in 2014.

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Hamadeh Says Aoun Should Have Signed Election Decree

Education Minister Marwan Hamadeh said if President Michel Aoun had signed the decrees inviting voters for the elections in line with the constitutional deadlines, he would have saved the country from risks of delayed elections, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Wednesday.

“If President Michel Aoun had signed the draft decrees submitted by Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq and calling the electoral bodies to stage elections on their constitutional dates, he would have saved the country from danger,” Hamadeh told the daily in an interview.

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Hariri Calls Shorter, Condemns Manchester Deadly Attack

Prime Minister Saad Hariri condemned the terrorist attack that took place at dawn today in the northern English city of Manchester.

“We strongly condemn the terrorist attack that left tens dead and many innocent civilians wounded in Manchester,” he told the British Ambassador to Lebanon Hugo Shorter in a telephone conversation.

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Syrian Ambassador: Lebanon Must Look for Solutions for Displaced Syrians

Syria's ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul Karim Ali said he acknowledges the burden on Lebanon as the result of displaced Syrians fleeing the war ravaging their country, but he questioned the “lack of Lebanese government initiatives to find solutions,” the National News Agency reported on Tuesday.

Ali admitted that Lebanon is bearing “the burden of displaced Syrians,” but he wondered about the reasons keeping the Lebanese “government from taking initiatives to find solutions” for the crisis, he said.

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Jaber Says US Renders 'Invalid' Draft 'Sanctions' Against Lebanon

The Lebanese parliamentary delegation in Washington assured that new US financial sanctions against Lebanon will not be imposed, pointing out that reports about the matter were inaccurate “leaks,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Tuesday.

“Everyone is talking as if there are new US sanctions against Lebanon, which is a big fallacy because it has not happened yet," a member of the delegation MP Yassin Jaber told the daily.

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Ibrahim: Battle against Takfiris Didn't Stop Us from Chasing Spies

General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim stressed that the agency's strenuous efforts against terror groups entrenched on Lebanon's porous border, have not stop it from pursuing the battle against Israeli spies, Ad Diyar daily reported on Monday.

The agency is increasingly vigilant in “monitoring and arresting Israeli agents,” said Ibrahim stressing that “the battle with Takfiri terrorism did not stop us from pursuing and dismantling networks dealing with the Israeli enemy,” he told the daily in an interview.

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