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Report: Hizbullah Pressuring Officials to Invite Syria to AESD Summit

As Lebanon continues to invite Arab leaders to the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit it hosts in January, Hizbullah party has reportedly been “pressuring President Michel Aoun into inviting Syria” to the summit, the Kuwaiti Asseyasah daily reported on Wednesday.

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Police Arrest Suspect in Akkar over IS Links, Bombing Plans

The Internal Security Forces Information Branch arrested a suspect in the northern region of Akkar over links to the Islamic State terror organization, ISF said in a statement on Wednesday.

The detainee admitted during investigations that he had joined the IS ranks eight months ago through groups that encouraged him to carry out terror attacks in Lebanon instead of Syria, said the statement.

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Jumblat: An Offer for Settlement Doesn’t Mean Relinquishing Principles

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat emphasized on Wednesday that his offer to make a settlement to ease the government formation process must not be taken as a relinquishment of the party’s principles.

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Kataeb Calls for Government of Specialists

The Kataeb party on Tuesday urged President Michel Aoun and Premier-designate Saad Hariri to form a government of specialists and end wrangling between political parties over shares and portfolios.

Speaking during the party’s politburo weekly meeting, Kataeb chief Sami Gemayel sounded the alarm over “unprecedented conflict over shares and quotas, and the destructive logic that has prevailed," between political parties.

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Report: No Breakthrough in Government Formation

Although there is no major breakthrough in Lebanon’s government formation, but Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is determined to form one in the next few days now that the ten-day deadline he set after his “positive” meeting with President Michel Aoun last week has ended, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Tuesday.

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Report: France in Focus on Lebanon Refugees Crisis, Economy and Govt Lineup

France is worried that a further delay in lining up Lebanon’s government could affect implementation of the CEDRE conference, although French diplomats affirm “commitment” to its resolutions that garnered billions of dollars for the Mediterranean country.

Al-Joumhouria daily said on Tuesday that “the French interest in Lebanon is focused on the government formation process, the country’s economy and the crisis of Syrian refugees.”

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Abi Khalil, Siemens Representative Agree to Cooperate on Electricity Sector

Caretaker Energy and Water Resources Minister Cesar Abi Khalil announced on Monday that an agreement has been reached with representative of Siemens company to coordinate efforts in a bid to find a solution for the electricity crisis in Lebanon.

“An agreement on bilateral cooperation between the Ministry and the company has been reached in order to find the required solutions to the electricity crisis in Lebanon,” said Khalil.

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Police Arrest Syrian Doctor for Illegal Cosmetic Procedures

Police have arrested a Syrian doctor and his wife in Beirut’s neighborhood of Hamra on charges of performing illegal cosmetic procedures, the Internal Security Forces announced in a statement on Monday.

It said the practitioner carried out plastic surgeries inside an apartment in Hamra.

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Lebanon Invites Arab Leaders to AESD Summit

Dispatched by President Michel Aoun, caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil left on a regional tour to invite Arab leaders to the Arab Economic and Social Development summit to be held in Beirut on January 19-20, the National News Agency reported Monday.

NNA said that Bassil will first travel to Kuwait where he will hand an invitation to Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah. The two are expected to hold talks on several issues including the ties between the two countries.

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Report: PSP Delegation to Visit Berri Monday

A Progressive Socialist Party delegation, possibly led by its chief and Democratic Gathering parliamentary bloc MP Taymour Jumblat, will reportedly visit Speaker Nabih Berri to discuss the latest developments as per the Cabinet formation, al-Joumhouria daily reported Monday.

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