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Al-Sayyed Clashes with Khalil, Withholds Confidence as Hariri Walks Out

Firebrand lawmaker Jamil al-Sayyed on Tuesday engaged in a verbal dispute with Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil as he addressed Parliament during a session to debate the new government's Policy Statement.

The minister said that “the state's treasury was empty and then it turned out that there were 600 billion liras and that the state did not pay the wheat farmers in the Bekaa,” al-Sayyed said, drawing a swift and angry response from Khalil, who interrupted his speech.

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Two Men Face Death over Gavin Ford's Murder

A Lebanese prosecutor requested a death sentence Tuesday against two Syrian men accused of the November murder of a British radio host, the National News Agency reported.

The pair, both in their twenties, were charged with the premeditated murder of Gavin Ford, a British national who had been a popular radio host in Lebanon for years.

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Aoun Meets with UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon

President Michel Aoun has met with UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Ján Kubiš at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, the National News Agency reported on Tuesday.

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Hariri Recites Policy Statement: Lebanon Has Non-Recurring Opportunity for Salvation, Reform

Prime Minister Saad Hariri recited the Cabinet’s policy statement on Tuesday during a parliament session dedicated for a government vote of confidence.

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Parliament Convenes for Govt. Confidence Vote

A parliamentary session convenes on Tuesday and Wednesday dedicated to discussing the cabinet's policy statement where lawmakers will hold a government vote of confidence.

Two days of parliamentary debate had been scheduled but Prime Minister Saad Hariri has asked to limit the number of speeches in a session to be aired live on television.

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Al-Aloula in Beirut: Over 20 Agreements with Lebanon Will be Activated

Saudi royal envoy Nizar al-Aloula arrived Tuesday in Lebanon for talks with senior Lebanese officials.

“We came to congratulate over the formation of the government, which we hope will bring welfare to you, because if Lebanon rises the Arab world will rise,” al-Aloula told reporters at Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport.

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Arrest Warrants for 4 ISF Officers, 11 Personnel in Bribery Probe

Mount Lebanon First Examining Magistrate Nicolas Mansour on Monday issued arrest warrants against four Internal Security Forces officers and 11 ISF personnel.

The defendants are accused of “collaborating with networks for forging and circulating currency and others involved in human trafficking,” the National News Agency said.

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Hariri to Zarif: Lebanon Respects Its Pledges towards Arab, Int'l Community

Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Monday told visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that Lebanon “respects its pledges and commitments towards the Arab and international community.”

A statement issued by Hariri's office said the Grand Serail meeting tackled the local and regional situations and the bilateral ties between the two countries and that the meeting was held in the presence of Iranian Ambassador Mohammad-Jalal Firouznia and ex-ministers Ghattas Khoury and Bassem al-Sabeh.

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Zarif Meets Nasrallah, Says Iran Ready to Help in All Files

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks Monday with Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah during an official visit to Lebanon.

The meeting was held in the presence of Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad-Jalal Firouznia and the delegation accompanying Zarif.

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Arslan from Baabda: No Refugee Solution without Clear Relation with Syria

Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan on Monday stressed that there can be no solution for Lebanon's refugee crisis without a “clear and frank relation with the Syrian state.”

Arslan voiced his remarks after meeting President Michel Aoun along with Saleh al-Gharib, the new State Minister for Refugee Affairs.

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