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Salam: Government with a Non-Functioning Cabinet is Useless

Prime Minister Tammam Salam stated on Tuesday that Lebanese politicians must realize that a cabinet that does not convene is useless and urged recognition to the accomplishments made in the food safety file.

“We, as a government, will continue to shoulder responsibility no matter what the difficulties we face are. There is no need for a government without a functioning cabinet,” said Salam during the quality rating of Lebanese restaurants announcement.

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Civil Defense Volunteers Stage Sit-in, Demand Full-Employment

Civil Defense volunteers warned on Monday that they will escalate measures if a decision to fully-employ them was not approved during a cabinet session this week.

“If a decision on our full-employment was not approved on Wednesday, we are going to take some surprising measures,” the volunteers said in a press conference they held in Martyrs Square.

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Salam: If Paralysis Persists, Cabinet Could Become Caretaker

Prime Minister Tammam Salam warned that the government could become a caretaker in light of the current paralysis that the cabinet and the country is witnessing, An Nahar daily reported on Monday.

“We may go there in reality, and I have already said that there is no need for a cabinet that does not convene and produce,” Salam told the daily in an interview highlighting the four-month paralysis of the cabinet.

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Army Arrests IS Militant who Confesses to Terrorist Plans

The army arrested Lebanese fugitive Ahmed Adnan al-Hamad in the Akkar town of Mashta Hasan for having links to terrorist groups, the Army Orientation Directorate said in a statement on Saturday.

Al-Hamad had links with terrorist Mohammed Ahmed al-Satem and had schemed to carry out attacks in the area of Wadi Khaled, the statement added.

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Mass Held on 10th Assassination Anniversary of Gebran Tueini

A mass was held at the St. George's Cathedral in Downtown Beirut marking the tenth anniversary of the assassination of MP Gebran Tueni.

Beirut Greek Orthodox Archbishop Elias Audeh, who celebrated the mass, asked: “Did the martyrs who died for the sake of the country die to see the nation wither away without a president or parliament that legislates for a better life.”

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Report: Hizbullah in a Meeting with Franjieh, Adheres to Aoun's Nomination

Well informed sources confirmed that a meeting between Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh took place two days ago and highlighted the party's stance on the nomination of the latter for the top state post, An Nahar daily reported on Saturday.

“The meeting was not positive with regard to the nomination of Franjieh, which reflects Hizbullah's cautious stance from the proposed settlement,” unnamed sources told the daily on condition of anonymity.

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Several People Injured in Restaurant Gas Canister Explosion

More than sixteen individuals were injured in a gas canister explosion on Friday, the state-run National News Agency said.

The canister exploded at the Roadster Diner in Antelias north of Beirut, it added.

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Hobeish after Meeting Aoun: Contacts Ongoing over Deadlock

Efforts are continuing to solve the presidential deadlock and make the new political settlement that could see the nomination of Marada leader MP Suleiman Franjieh as president.

Al-Mustaqbal MP Hadi Hobeish met with Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun in Rabieh on Friday in what seems to be an attempt to convince him of the said settlement.

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Franjieh Meets Aoun in Rabieh over Presidential Initiative

A much-anticipated meeting was held Wednesday afternoon in Rabieh between Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh and Change and Reform bloc chief MP Michel Aoun, amid ambiguity in the ties between the two allies that followed the northern leader's presidential nomination.

The meeting was held in the presence of Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil -- Aoun's son-in-law.

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Hizbullah Kills 9 Nusra Fighters in Arsal Outskirts, Including Top Official

Hizbullah on Wednesday killed an al-Qaida commander and eight of his men in an attack on their convoy along the Lebanese-Syrian border, the group's media said.

Al-Manar television said the convoy of al-Qaida affiliate al-Nusra Front fighters had been traveling on the outskirts of the restive Lebanese border town of Arsal when Hizbullah struck. 

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