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Salam Meets Saniora: Some Trying to Seize Control of Judiciary

Former premier and Beirut MP Tammam Salam held talks Monday with ex-PM Fouad Saniora and defended him in the face of the latest controversy over the state's financial accounts.

“Everyone has been annoyed by the targeting of a grand patriotic figure, ex-PM Fouad Saniora,” Salam said after visiting Saniora's residence in Beirut's Bliss area.

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STL Says Rulings Timing Depends on 'Complexity' of Issues Mulled by Trial Chamber

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon has submitted its tenth annual report to the United Nations Secretary-General and to the Government of Lebanon, the STL said on Monday.

The annual report details the activities of the Tribunal from 1 March 2018 to 28 February 2019, its objectives for the coming year and “highlights the achievements of the four organs: Chambers, Office of the Prosecutor (OTP), Defense Office and Registry,” the court said in a statement.

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Hariri Holds Talks with King Salman in Riyadh

Prime Minister Saad Hariri held talks Monday with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz at the al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, Hariri's office said.

“The meeting focused on the bilateral cooperation between the two countries and the latest developments in the region, especially in Lebanon," the office added in a statement.

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Jreissati Slams Decision to Exclude Gharib from Brussels Delegation

Minister of State for Presidential Affairs Salim Jreissati on Sunday criticized a decision to exclude State Minister for Refugee Affairs Saleh al-Gharib from a Lebanese official delegation that will represent Lebanon at a Brussels conference on refugees.

“The U.N. refugee agency is more and more heading into Syria to assist the Syrian refugees who are returning to their country, and as we want for the government to endorse its political paper on refugees, we have not understood the exclusion of the state minister for refugee affairs from the official delegation to the Brussels conference,” Jreissati tweeted.

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Lebanese-Saudi Cooperation Panel Begins Work in Riyadh

A technical panel tasked with discussing means to boost cooperation between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia began its works on Sunday at the InterContinental Riyadh hotel in the Saudi capital.

Saudi Arabia's assistant finance minister Abdul Aziz al-Rashid opened the meetings in an address in which he stressed “the need to activate Lebanese-Saudi ties.”

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Hizbullah Calls on Supporters to Donate to the Group

The leader of Hizbullah is calling on his supporters to donate funds as it comes under tighter sanctions from western countries.

The rare call came during a televised speech Friday by Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, a few days after Britain joined the United States in banning the group as a terrorist organization. The U.S. has increased its pressure on the group recently, placing several sets of sanctions on Hizbullah and its regional backer, Iran.

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Report: Washington Displeased with Lebanon Position on Hizbullah

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will expectantly arrive in Beirut next week as part of a travel plan that includes Israel, Kuwait and Lebanon.

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Report: Berri ‘Dismayed’ with Satterfield over Oil Position

Speaker Nabih Berri expressed “anger” with David Satterfield, acting U.S. assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, who met with several Lebanese officials in Lebanon last week without meeting the Speaker or President Michel Aoun, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

But Berri has assured that “he would have refused to see Satterfield even the latter asked to meet him,” added the daily.

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Alloush Asks if Nasrallah Will 'Fight Corruption with Weapons'

Al-Mustaqbal Movement official ex-MP Mustafa Alloush wondered Friday if Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah intends to “fight corruption with weapons,” after the Hizbullah leader announced the anti-corruption fight is “as sacred as” his group's military resistance against Israel's occupation of southern Lebanon.

“After setting aside Jerusalem's liberation and after the doors were locked in the face of the trade of blood, wars and destruction, someone today is inventing an alternative holy war titled as the battle against corruption! Then why should the weapons stay and will he fight corruption with weapons?” Alloush tweeted, in an apparent reference to Nasrallah.

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Officer, Policeman Held in ISF Corruption Case

An Internal Security Forces officer and a policeman were ordered detained on Friday in an ongoing probe into corruption in the ISF institution.

“Under the supervision of the military prosecution, the ISF Intelligence Branch continued its interrogation of a large number of security personnel and civilians in the multi-pronged corruption file, in which new details emerge everyday,” the National News Agency said.

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