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Abdul Samad Apologizes to the Lebanese People

Information Minister Manal Abdul Samad apologized to the Lebanese people on Wednesday for an economic crisis that pushed many into poverty, saying that “the people are hungry and prices are soaring.”

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RHUH Announces First Death of Baby with Coronavirus

The governmental Rafik Hariri University Hospital announced in a statement on Wednesday the first infant death from Covid-19 in Lebanon who suffered from "congenital heart defects."

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Hariri: Lawsuit against al-Amin a Blatant Attack on Dignity of Lebanese

Al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri on Tuesday described a lawsuit filed against anti-Hizbullah Shiite cleric Sayyed Ali al-Amin as “a blatant attack on the dignity of the Lebanese.”

“It represents a crime, a blatant attack on the dignity of the Lebanese and contempt for their intelligence and patriotism,” Hariri said in a tweet.

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Schenker Denies Nasrallah Claims, Vows Sanctions against 'Hizbullah Activities'

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker on Tuesday dismissed Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s latest anti-U.S. accusations and said sanctions related to Hizbullah’s “activities” will be implemented in Lebanon.

Describing Nasrallah’s allegations as fictitious and baseless, Schenker denied in an interview with al-Hadeel magazine that Washington is preventing the entry of dollars into Lebanon and said the rise in the dollar exchange rate in the country has many other reasons.

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Gemayel Urges Talks on Arms, Economy, Elections, Govt.

Kataeb Party chief Sami Gemayel on Tuesday announced that he will boycott the Baabda national meeting, urging dialogue over the country’s “real problems.”

“We call on President Michel Aoun to put the essential issues on the table. We are advocates of dialogue and peace and we want the country to be civilized,” Gemayel said at a press conference.

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19 New Coronavirus Cases in Lebanon

Nineteen more COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Lebanon on Tuesday, which raises the overall tally to 1,622.

Twelve of the cases were recorded among residents and seven among expats repatriated from Ivory Coast, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Nigeria and the Central African Republic, the Health Ministry said.

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Franjieh, Amin Gemayel Announce Boycott of Baabda Talks

Marada Movement chief Suleiman Franjieh and former president Amin Gemayel on Tuesday announced their boycott of Thursday’s national dialogue meeting in Baabda.

“We will not take part in the Baabda meeting on Thursday, while wishing the attendees success in their endeavor to rescue the economic, security and social situation and find the aspired solutions,” Franjieh tweeted.

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Prosecution Sues Anti-Hizbullah Shiite Cleric for 'Meeting Israelis'

The public prosecutor’s office in Mount Lebanon on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against anti-Hizbullah Shiite cleric Sayyed Ali al-Amin for “meeting Israeli officials in Bahrain” and a host of other charges, the National News Agency said.

The prosecution’s move is based on a lawsuit filed by the lawyer Ghassan al-Mawla on behalf of Nabih Awada, Khalil Nasrallah, Shawqi Awada and Hussein al-Dirani.

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Mouallem: Syria Eager to Cooperate with Lebanon to Face Caesar Act

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid el-Mouallem said during a press conference on Tuesday, that Syria is willing to cooperate with Lebanon to face the new US sanctions "if Lebanon shows the same willingness."

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Economic Crisis, Pandemic Hit American University in Beirut

One of the Arab world's oldest and most prestigious universities, which endured civil war, kidnappings and various economic crises, is preparing for what may be the biggest challenge in its 154-year history.

The American University of Beirut is confronting a global pandemic, a severe recession and the collapse of Lebanon's currency — all at the same time — and is planning a series of sweeping layoffs and salary cuts in response.

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