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Aoun to Visit Iraq and Armenia

President Michel Aoun will kick start visits to Iraq and Armenia on Tuesday at the invitation of his Iraqi and Armenian counterparts where he will be heading a ministerial, administrative, parliamentary, and consultative delegation, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.

The accompanying delegation will be comprised of Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq, Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil, Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hassan, Tourism Minister Avedis Kedanian, State Minister for Combating Corruption Nicolas Tueini and head of the Tashnaq party MP Agop Pakradonian, well-informed sources told the daily.

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British Interior Minister in Beirut

British interior minister Amber Rudd arrived in Beirut Sunday evening, the National News Agency reported on Monday.

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Refugees Evacuated, Families Trapped as Heavy Rains Wreak Havoc across Lebanon

Flooding caused by heavy rains has caused damages across Lebanon, trapping Lebanese families and destroying Syrian refugee encampments.

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UNDP Administrator Meets Officials, Highlights Impact of Syrian Crisis on Lebanon

Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Achim Steiner, visited Lebanon on February 15 and met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Speaker Nabih Berri and Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq, the UNDP said in a statement Saturday.

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Report: Israel 'De-escalates' Gas Dispute after 'Warning' from Drilling Companies

Drilling companies working offshore Israel have sent “warning signals” to Israeli authorities that escalating a dispute with Lebanon over oil drilling rights "could push them to withdraw which prompted Israel to de-escalate” tensions, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

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U.S. Accuses 3 Men of Trying to Export Drone Parts to Hizbullah

A federal grand jury in Minnesota indicted three people on charges that they conspired to export drone parts and technology from the U.S. to the Iranian-backed Hizbullah in Lebanon, authorities announced Friday.

The U.S. Attorney's office for Minnesota said two of the suspects — brothers Usama and Issam Hamade — are now in custody in South Africa, while the third, Samir "Tony" Berro, remains at large.

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Lebanese Man, Wife Killed in Turkey, Child Missing

A Lebanese man and his Syrian wife have been killed in Turkey's Istanbul while their son has gone missing, Lebanon's National News Agency reported on Friday.

The agency said the crime occurred overnight Thursday in Istanbul's Arnavutkoy area.

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Aoun: Refugee Crisis Solution More Urgent than Ever

President Michel Aoun on Friday called for an urgent solution to Lebanon's Syrian refugee crisis.

“The refugees definitely want to return to their country to live in it in dignity instead of staying in encampments and gatherings,” Aoun said in a speech at a conference for the Rotary International organization at Beirut's Phoenicia Hotel.

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Satterfield Meets Berri, Hariri and Bassil

U.S. Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs David Satterfield held separate talks on Friday with Speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil one day after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with senior Lebanese officials during a one-day visit to Lebanon.

Satterfield, accompanied by the US ambassador to Lebanon, first met with Bassil at the foreign ministry. He left the meeting without making a statement.

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Marcel Ghanem Released Pending Indictment in Defamation Case

First investigative judge in Mount Lebanon, Nicola Mansour, on Friday interrogated prominent TV talk show host Marcel Ghanem and allowed him to leave pending indictment, as his attorney MP Boutros Harb said the indictment will be issued in a “couple of hours or days.”

“The judge decided to leave Ghanem after he signed a residency guarantee document... We will continue to consider the judiciary independent and... What happened today in the meeting was good," said Harb.

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