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Aoun Decries 'Regional Influences on Domestic Situation'

President Michel Aoun on Thursday lamented what he called “the regional influences” on Lebanon’s “domestic situation,” amid a protracted government formation deadlock.

“We were hoping to achieve our wishes last year, but unfortunately the formation of the government faltered after elections and a number of developments occurred in the region,” Aoun said at the Baabda Palace during a meeting with the members of the consular corps.

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Israel Resumes Installation of Cement Blocks Opposite Adaisseh

An Israeli tank was positioned behind a dirt cover in the settlement of Misgav Am while the Israeli forces resumed digging and installing cement blocks along the technical fence in the outskirts of Adaisseh village in Marjayoun, the National News Agency reported on Thursday.

The enemy deployed a number of soldiers while the Lebanese Army and the international emergency forces patrolled the area, NNA added.

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Report: Govt. Formation 'May Be Pushed' until Arab League Summit in Spring

Speaker Nabih Berri’s suggestion to postpone Beirut’s Economic Social Development Summit until Lebanon’s government is formed is “because there is an effort to bring Syria back to the Arab League,” the pan-Arab al-Hayat daily reported on Thursday.

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Officials Meet at Center House to Discuss Plans after Storm

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri chaired an "expanded" ministerial meeting at the Center House on Thursday to discuss the damages and compensation following a storm that pummeled Lebanon for five consecutive days.

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Berri Prefers 'Postponement' of Arab Economic Summit until Govt. is Formed

MP Ali Bazzi told reporters on Wednesday that Speaker Nabih Berri prefers the postponement of the imminent Arab economic summit in Beirut until the new government is formed, the National News Agency reported.

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Khoury Protects LAK School Building by Giving It Heritage Status

Caretaker Culture Minister Ghattas Khoury on Wednesday issued a decree adding the building of the Lycée Abdel Kader school in Beirut’s Msaitbeh area to Lebanon’s list of traditional buildings.

The decree protects the building against any demolition or restructuring plans, following a flurry of reports in recent months suggesting that the school will be turned into a shopping mall.

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Aoun Raises Concerns over Refugees’ Crisis

President Michel Aoun emphasized on Wednesday that Lebanon has borne the burden of the consequences of neighboring wars and the influx of Syria refugees, lamenting the “unclear” position of the international community vis-à-vis the refugees' return to their homeland.

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Rahi to Meet Maronite Leaders to Pressure Govt. Formation Efforts

Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rahi reportedly plans to schedule a meeting with “Maronite” leaders in a bid to reflect his “anger” at the delayed efforts to form a new government, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Wednesday.

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Report: Mustaqbal-Syria Ties Overtures ‘Probable, but Conditional’

A scenario weighing the possibility of “ties overtures” between Lebanon’s PM-designate Saad Hariri (of al-Mustaqbal Movement) and Syria seems “science fiction” to some, but those familiar with the regional shifts believe it has become “realistic,” and that the “zero hour is not far off,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Wednesday.

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Child Missing as Storm Wrecks Syrian Refugee Camps in Lebanon

Heavy rains and snow wrecked several informal settlements housing Syrian refugees in Lebanon and left thousands in need of emergency assistance, aid workers said on Tuesday, as a toddler girl was reported missing.

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