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Deryan Hails Ibrahim’s Efforts in Qabrshmoun Case: Wise Politicians Will Resolve the Issue

General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim met on Wednesday with Grand Sunni Mufti of the Republic Sheikh Abdulatif Deryan in Dar al-Fatwa where talks reportedly tackled the repercussions of the Qabrshmoun incident.

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Report: US, France Regret ‘Freeze’ of Demarcation Talks between Lebanon, Israel

France and the United States have reportedly expressed regret over the freezing of US-mediated negotiations between Lebanon and Israel over the demarcation of land and maritime border that would have an impact on offshore oil and gas exploration, al-Joumhouria daily said on Wednesday.

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Report: Washington, Paris Eager on Lebanon’s Stability

The ambassadors of European Union countries reportedly discussed in their monthly meeting the latest developments in Lebanon, and reached a result that the deadly Qabrshmoun incident has “external dimensions,” and that their countries must act to prevent the aggravation of the situation in Lebanon, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Wednesday.

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Hariri Says Won't Convene Cabinet 'before Everyone Calms Down'

Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Tuesday announced that he will not call for a cabinet session “before everyone calms down.”

“Let them calm down for the sake of the people and the country,” Hariri said.

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Climate Change Threatens Progress across Sustainable Development, U.N. Warns

The impacts of climate change and increasing inequality across and within countries are undermining progress on the sustainable development agenda, threatening to reverse many of the gains made over the last decades that have improved people’s lives, warns the United Nations’ latest report on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Launched on the opening day of the U.N. High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, a critical annual stocktaking event, the report, which is based on the latest available data, remains the “cornerstone for measuring progress and identifying gaps in the implementation of all 17 Sustainable Development Goals,” the U.N. said in a statement.

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Mustaqbal Says No One Can Eliminate Other, Warns of 'Heading into Unknown'

Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc on Tuesday stressed that “no one in Lebanon can eliminate the other, no matter the elements of power and authority that they possess.”

“The exchanges of tirades, no matter how fierce and sectarian they get, will not manage to eliminate anyone from the political equation,” said the bloc in a statement issued after its weekly meeting.

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U.S. Puts Hizbullah MPs on Sanctions Blacklist for First Time

The U.S. Treasury placed two Hizbullah members of Lebanon's parliament on its sanctions blacklist on Tuesday -- the first time Washington has taken aim at the Iran-allied group's elected politicians.

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Strong Lebanon to PSP: State to Have Upper Hand in Crisis

The Free Patriotic Movement-led Strong Lebanon bloc on Tuesday lashed out at the Progressive Socialist Party, saying the “sobbing” of some of its ministers and MPs “will not deceive anyone.”

“It will not prevent the State from having the upper hand in all of the crisis' junctures,” said the bloc in a statement issued after its weekly meeting, referring to the political crisis sparked by the deadly Qabrshmoun incident.

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Hariri Envoy Meets Aoun but No Cabinet Session Expected This Week

Prime Minister Saad Hariri's political adviser Ghattas Khoury on Tuesday held talks with President Michel Aoun at the Baabda Palace.

Khoury left without making a statement but the National News Agency said he relayed to the president a “verbal message” from Hariri about “the latest developments.”

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Ibrahim, Pederson Tackle Issue of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim on Tuesday held talks at his office with UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, accompanied by his deputy Khawla Matar, the National News Agency reported.

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