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Foreign Ministry Condemns Israeli Violations

Lebanon’s foreign ministry condemned on Friday the Israeli violations against Lebanon’s sovereignty following Israel’s construction works on disputed points along the Blue Line near the Misgav Am settlement, the National News Agency reported.

“The Security Council should meet and the international community should deal with this clear and frank violation of Resolution 1701, as it did with the complaint made by the Israeli enemy,” a ministry statement said.

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Al-Mustaqbal Newspaper to Cease Print Edition

Another Lebanese newspaper has decided to stop printing and go fully online in the face of the deteriorating readership of print media in Lebanon and the world.

“Faced by the transformations that the press industry is witnessing in Lebanon and the world, and the continuous decline in sales and advertising revenues in the local marker, the administration of al-Mustaqbal Newspaper has decided to stop issuing the daily’s print edition as of February 1, 2019,” it said in a statement.

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Aoun Meets Hariri as Defense Council Tackles Israeli Violations

President Michel Aoun held talks Thursday with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri ahead of an emergency meeting for the country’s Higher Defense Council.

A statement issued after the Council's meeting said discussions focused on “the developments on the southern border, especially the construction works that the Israeli enemy is carrying out to build a separation wall on disputed points along the Blue Line near the Misgav Am settlement.”

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Pompeo Says U.S. Won't Accept Hizbullah 'Status Quo' in Lebanon

The United States will not tolerate the “status quo” that Hizbullah has created in Lebanon, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday.

"In Lebanon, Hizbullah is a major presence, but we won’t accept this as the status quo. Our aggressive sanctions campaign against Iran is also directed at the terror group and its leaders, including the son of Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hizbullah," Pompeo said in a speech at the American University of Cairo.

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Consultative Gathering Backs Delaying Economic Summit, Says Govt. Solution 'in Hariri Hand'

The Consultative Gathering, a grouping of six Hizbullah-backed Sunni MPs, on Thursday voiced support for calls to postpone Beirut’s upcoming Arab economic situation to ensure Syria’s participation in it.

“Avoiding the invitation of Syria to the summit is not beneficial for Lebanon, which has endorsed the dissociation policy,” MP Faisal Karami announced after the Gathering’s periodic meeting, saying “it is okay to postpone the economic summit until Syria regains its normal place in the Arab League.”

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Aoun Decries 'Regional Influences on Domestic Situation'

President Michel Aoun on Thursday lamented what he called “the regional influences” on Lebanon’s “domestic situation,” amid a protracted government formation deadlock.

“We were hoping to achieve our wishes last year, but unfortunately the formation of the government faltered after elections and a number of developments occurred in the region,” Aoun said at the Baabda Palace during a meeting with the members of the consular corps.

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Israel Resumes Installation of Cement Blocks Opposite Adaisseh

An Israeli tank was positioned behind a dirt cover in the settlement of Misgav Am while the Israeli forces resumed digging and installing cement blocks along the technical fence in the outskirts of Adaisseh village in Marjayoun, the National News Agency reported on Thursday.

The enemy deployed a number of soldiers while the Lebanese Army and the international emergency forces patrolled the area, NNA added.

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Report: Govt. Formation 'May Be Pushed' until Arab League Summit in Spring

Speaker Nabih Berri’s suggestion to postpone Beirut’s Economic Social Development Summit until Lebanon’s government is formed is “because there is an effort to bring Syria back to the Arab League,” the pan-Arab al-Hayat daily reported on Thursday.

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Officials Meet at Center House to Discuss Plans after Storm

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri chaired an "expanded" ministerial meeting at the Center House on Thursday to discuss the damages and compensation following a storm that pummeled Lebanon for five consecutive days.

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Berri Prefers 'Postponement' of Arab Economic Summit until Govt. is Formed

MP Ali Bazzi told reporters on Wednesday that Speaker Nabih Berri prefers the postponement of the imminent Arab economic summit in Beirut until the new government is formed, the National News Agency reported.

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