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Report: Hizbullah Rebuffs US Aid Threats, Says Parties in Agreement on Portfolios

Hizbullah has reportedly stressed consensus among Lebanese leaders to allocate the health ministry for the party, brushing off all US threats.

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Report: U.S. Threatens to Cut Aid for Lebanese Ministries Allocated for Hizbullah

The U.S. embassy in Beirut has reportedly “intensified threats to cut any US or international assistance for Lebanese ministries allocated for Hizbullah party” in a bid to pressure officials tasked with forming the government, al-Akhbar daily reported on Friday.

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U.S. Treasury Sanctions Lebanese Businessman, Companies for 'Hizbullah Ties'

The US Treasury Department on Thursday imposed sanctions on Mohammed Abdullah al-Amin and seven companies he owns allegedly for providing financial and technological support for Hizbullah.

The Treasury has imposed sanctions on companies owned by al-Amin which include Lebanon-based company Sierra Gas S.A.L. Offshore, Lama Foods S.A.R.L, Lama Foods International Offshore S.A.L, Impulse S.A.R.L, Impulse International S.A.L. Offshore, M.Marine S.A.L. Offshore and Thaingui SAL Offshore.

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Nasrallah Reportedly Calls Aoun as Raad Stresses 'Relentless Support' for President

President Michel Aoun held a meeting at Baabda Palace with members of the Loyalty to the Resistance Parliamentary bloc headed by MP Mohammed Raad, the National News Agency said on Wednesday.

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Report: World Bank Tells Berri Economic Situation ‘Worrying’ in Lebanon

Speaker Nabih Berri said on Wednesday that a World Bank delegation has raised concerns about the economic situation in Lebanon describing it as “critical” in light of a government formation delay, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Wednesday.

“Some foreign officials seem worried about Lebanon. They are more concerned than Lebanese parties, that a government be formed,” Berri was quoted as telling his visitors.

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Report: Netanyahu’s UN Claims Raise ‘Fear of War’

Israeli claims that Hizbullah has secret rocket sites near the Beirut airport have “aggravated fears of an Israeli aggression against Lebanon,” as Lebanese officials strongly deny the claims describing them as “baseless,” the Saudi Asharq al-Awsat daily reported on Wednesday.

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Austrian Foreign Minister meets President in Baabda

President Michel Aoun met at Baabda palace with Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl and an accompanying delegation, the National News Agency reported on Tuesday.

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Khoury Tells 'Angry' Generator Owners: Meters Will Be Installed

As the government puts into effect a consumer protection measure pressing private generator owners to install electricity meters, caretaker Economy Minister Raed Khoury emphasized on Tuesday that there will be “no backing down on the decision.”

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Report: Aoun Wants UNHCR to Reconsider Aid Halt for Returning Refugees

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has reportedly promised President Michel Aoun during their meeting in New York last week, to reconsider a UNHCR decision halting aid to displaced Syrian refugees returning back to their country, since it is reserved for them in host countries, the pan-Arab al-Hayat daily reported on Tuesday.

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Bassil Takes Ambassadors to 'Missile Sites', Urges World to Prevent Any Attack

Caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil led dozens of ambassadors and journalists to locations near Beirut's international airport on Monday, including a golf course and a soccer stadium, seeking to dispel Israeli allegations of secret Hizbullah rocket facilities.

In a speech before the U.N. General Assembly last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Lebanese group of setting up rocket factories near the airport and hiding them among civilians, holding up an aerial image of the area with the alleged missile sites labeled.

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