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Aoun Affirms Commitment to Dissociation Policy

President Michel Aoun received on Friday a delegation of Lebanese nationals living in Gulf countries, the National News Agency reported.

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Sunni Opposition Reiterates ‘Representation Right’, Rejects ‘Infringement’ on Hariri’s Powers

Sunni lawmakers not affiliated with al-Mustaqbal Movement voiced calls on Friday for their representation in the new Cabinet, nevertheless rejecting infringement on the powers of the Prime Minister.

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Amid Strained Ties, Aoun Receives Invitation to Commemoration of ‘Lebanese Forces Martyrs’

President Michel Aoun received caretaker Information Minister Melhem Riachi, of the Lebanese Forces, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, the National News Agency reported on Friday.

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Ibrahim: General Security Goal to Shift to Online Operating System

General Security Directorate chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim stressed to al-Akhbar daily in an interview on Friday that the goal of the directorate “during the next five years” is to shift to an online operating system.

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Australian Political Challenger Says Country Mistaken to Receive Lebanese Immigrants

Peter Dutton, the government lawmaker who has challenged Australia's prime minister for his job, is publicly perceived as a hard man and a leading hard-right conservative. His face is associated with turning back asylum seekers boats, stripping citizenship from extremists and striving to increase the English-language standards for migrants who want to gain citizenship.

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Health Inspectors Carry Out Shut Down Campaigns

As part of health campaigns to ensure food safety, the Ministry of Health closed a restaurant, a supermarket and a slaughterhouse in the northern Batroun area for health violations.

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Qabalan Blasts ‘Corrupt Lobbying Tearing Country’ apart, Calls for Cabinet Formation

Grand Jaafarite Shiite Mufti Sheikh Ahmed Qabalan urged all political leaders in Lebanon to facilitate the government formation, blasting at what he described as “corrupt lobbying” tearing up the country, the National News Agency reported on Tuesday.

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Hariri Congratulates Lebanese on Eid al-Adha

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri congratulated the Lebanese, the Arabs and Muslims on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, praying they be blessed with peace, happiness and security, his media office said on Monday.

Hariri hoped the efforts to form a new government would succeed as soon as possible, hoping the new cabinet will reflect aspirations of the Lebanese and realize their wishes for a better country.

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Geagea Affirms Adherence to Maarab Agreement

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea affirmed commitment on Monday to the Maarab Agreement signed with the Free Patriotic Movement during his meeting with a delegation of expatriates at his residence in Maarab, the National News Agency reported.

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Lavrov, Bassil Agree to Put Refugee Repatriation Plan into 'Action'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Russia “rejects any foreign intervention in Lebanon,” stating during a joint press conference with caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil that they have discussed a Russian plan to repatriate Syrian refugees in Lebanon back to their homeland.

“Russia and Lebanon stand on the same page regarding the repatriation of refugees,” Lavrov said, noting that he and Bassil have discussed the file during their meeting in Moscow.

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