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Report: Aoun Warns of Failed Efforts to Solve Electricity Crisis

President Michel Aoun's warnings of prolonged failure to address Lebanon's long-standing electricity crisis means the country “could plunge into severe power rationing that could impact everything in Lebanon,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Friday.

Ministerial sources told the daily that Aoun has sounded the alarm and stressed the need to find a quick solution for the country's suffering which “means soon there shall be severe power shortage that will affect the Lebanese and various aspects of everyday life.”

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Aoun Briefs Cabinet on Tillerson, Satterfield Talks, Says Lebanon to be 'Gas Producing Country'

President Michel Aoun on Thursday briefed the Cabinet on his separate talks with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield, while noting that Lebanon will become a “gas producing country.”

“We have informed the U.S. side of Lebanon's stance over the issue of the (Israeli) cement wall and territorial waters, and we focused on continuing discussions and consultations to reach solutions for these issues,” Aoun said, noting that Tillerson was appreciative of the Lebanese stance during his talks earlier in the day with the president.

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Lebanese Journalists Attend Seminar on STL, Int'l Criminal Proceedings

Twenty-four journalists from Lebanese and Pan-Arab media have attended a two-day seminar at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in the Netherlands.

The seminar was held on 13 and 14 February 2018 and aimed at briefing the journalists on the latest developments in the work of the Tribunal and responding to questions they may have.

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In Beirut, Tillerson Says Hizbullah Actions Threaten Lebanon, Region

Hizbullah's actions pose a threat to the security of Lebanon and have a destabilizing influence in the Middle East, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday.

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Aoun: We Don't Want War with Anyone, U.S. Must Put End to Israel Violations

President Michel Aoun on Thursday called on Washington to press Israel to stop its "continued violations against Lebanon's territorial, maritime and aerial sovereignty," during talks in Baabda with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Aoun also told Tillerson that the U.S. should urge Israel to "commit to the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701."

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Jumblat: Lebanon Won't Waiver Border Rights, Must Benefit from Upcoming Entitlements

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat said on Thursday that President Michel Aoun has “given his remarks” to visiting US secretary of state Rex Tillerson, noting that he sees “positivity” in Tillerson's statements.

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U.S. Secretary of State in Lebanon, Meets Senior Officials

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Lebanon Thursday where he held talks with senior Lebanese officials.

Tillerson's visit, part of a tour of the Middle East, comes at a time of tension between Lebanon and neighboring Israel, notably over the role of Hizbullah and Israel's encroachment on the country’s land and maritime border.

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Reports: Cabinet to Issue 'Official' Position on Oil Rights after Tillerson's Visit

Prime Minister Saad Hariri has called the Cabinet for a meeting on Thursday at Baabda Palace to take a “unified” stance as for a U.S. offer regarding the disputed oil field with Israel, the Kuwaiti al-Anbaa daily reported.

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Collapsed Building Kills Mother and Child in Beirut Southern Suburbs

A residential building collapsed in a Palestinian refugee camp in the southern suburbs of Beirut on Thursday killing a woman and her child and wounding a man, the National News Agency reported.

NNA said the building, which partially collapsed in Ain el-Sekkeh neighborhood in Bourj al-Barajneh camp, killed a seven-year old child identified as Sali, and her mother Zainab, while the father was injured.

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Head of Defense Office Francois Roux Leaving the STL

The Head of the Defense Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, François Roux, is leaving the Tribunal on March 1, 2018, the STL said on Wednesday.

“Mr. Roux has not been reappointed due to the fact that he has passed the retirement age set at 65 by the STL Staff Rules and Regulations,” the tribunal explained in a statement.

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