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Jumblat Urges Pacification as Abu Faraj's Family Drops Lawsuit

"All we want in Choueifat is for justice to be fulfilled," Progressive Socialist Party leader ex-MP Walid Jumblat said on Tuesday, as the family of a slain PSP member dropped its lawsuit in the case as part of an initiative sponsored by President Michel Aoun.

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Ogero Employees Pledge to Continue Strike

Employees of the state-run telecommunications company Ogero announced in a press conference on Tuesday the continuation of their strike over austere budget measures proposed in the state budget.

"We raise the voice high. State failures keep accumulating and burdening citizens after the disruption of a number of service sectors," protesters said.

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Mansourieh Residents Scuffle with Police over Installation of High-Voltage Lines

A scuffle erupted between workers from Electricte du Liban, the security forces and residents of the North Metn town of Mansourieh area against the backdrop of installation of high-voltage electricity lines.

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Shamsi Says UAE Plans to Lift Travel Ban to Lebanon

UAE Ambassador to Lebanon Hamad al-Shamsi on Tuesday confirmed that his country will soon be lifting restrictions on travel of Emirati citizens to Lebanon.

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Central Bank Workers Suspend Strike ‘Temporarily’

The Head of the Syndicate of Central Bank employees Abbas Awada announced on Tuesday a temporary suspension of an open-ended strike that began last Friday and almost paralyzed the country.

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Aoun Meets Berri and Hariri in Baabda over Budget Protests

President Michel Aoun, Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Saad Hariri held a meeting Monday evening at the Baabda Palace, amid a growing crisis related to proposed austerity measures.

Information obtained by TV networks said discussions were supposed to tackle "an agreement on the state budget, addressing protests and strikes, and finding a formula whose responsibility would be shouldered by the three parties."

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Govt. 'Keen' on BDL Independence as Hariri, Salameh 'Agree on Ending Strike'

The contacts between Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Banque du Liban Governor Riad Salameh are "positive," after all ambiguities on which BDL employees based their strike were clarified, a media report said.

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Jumblat Says Khalil's Austerity Measures 'Better than Suicide'

Progressive Socialist Party leader ex-MP Walid Jumblat noted Monday that the austerity measures proposed by Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil remain "better than suicide."

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BDL Strike Threatens to Spark Fuel Crisis

The Syndicate of Gas Station Owners in Lebanon warned Monday of a fuel shortage crisis in connection with the open-ended strike declared by the central bank's employees over proposed cuts to their benefits. 

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Budget Discussions Resume in Parallel with BDL Protests

The Cabinet convened at the Grand Serail on Monday to resume austere budget discussions marred by labor street protests and open-ended strike announced by state employees of the Banque du Liban that is threatening to paralyze the country’s banking sector.

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