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Le Drian arrives in Beirut for talks with top officials

The French President's Special Envoy to Lebanon, Jean-Yves Le Drian, arrived Tuesday in Beirut for talks with top officials.

Le Drian will meet with Speaker Nabih Berri on Wednesday, Asharq al-Awsat newspaper said, adding that Berri will respond to a Quintet's statement after meeting Le Drian.

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Defiant Berri says dialogue to happen 'sooner or later' and he will chair it

"Dialogue is the key to the presidential vote and will happen sooner or later," said Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri who accused the Lebanese Forces of obstructing the presidential dialogue.

Berri told al-Joumhouria newspaper, in remarks published Tuesday, that he will definitely be the one chairing the dialogue in Beirut, after local media reports said earlier this week that France is considering holding a presidential dialogue for Lebanese parties in Paris.

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Bou Habib warns refugee conference that Lebanon has reached 'point of no return'

Caretaker Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib has warned the annual international conference on Syrian refugees in Brussels that Lebanon has “reached the point of no return” in its Syrian refugee crisis.

“We have reached the point of no return due to the increase of incidents, disturbances, skirmishes, thefts, crimes and organized crime gangs, the tools of which are largely displaced Syrians, which has united the Lebanese over rejecting the ‘business as usual or more of the same’ policy,” Bou Habib told the conferees.

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Hezbollah shells Israel including Meron after 2 killed in Bint Jbeil strike

An Israeli strike targeting a motorcycle in southern Lebanon hit next to a hospital entrance Monday, killing the motorcycle driver and a hospital security guard and wounding several civilians nearby, local health officials said.

It was not immediately clear who the driver was or why he was targeted in the strike in the town of Bint Jbeil.

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Beirut design fair reborn after four years of economic crisis

A Beirut design fair has made a comeback after Lebanon's economic meltdown forced a four-year hiatus, with some pieces on display in spaces devastated in a deadly 2020 port explosion.

We Design Beirut, which ended Sunday, exhibited work from more than 150 designers and artisans for four days in several locations in the Lebanese capital.

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Hochstein working behind the scenes on Lebanon-Israel solution

U.S. mediator Amos Hochstein is visiting many countries in a bid to pacify the Lebanon-Israel border clashes, Asharq al-Awsat said Monday.

Sources told the daily that Hochstein is holding his meetings away from the spotlight and has managed to set the main headlines for the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701.

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Lebanese rally in Brussels ahead of Syrian refugees conference

Supporters of Lebanese parties, Lebanese expats and a number of Lebanese MPs staged a protest Monday in Brussels ahead of an annual international conference on Syrian refugees.

The Lebanese protesters voiced rejection of perceived attempts to “keep the Syrians in Lebanon.”

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French presidential initiative: Latest developments

French President's Special Envoy to Lebanon, Jean-Yves Le Drian, was expected to arrive in Beirut on a diplomatic visit Tuesday in a bid to break the presidential deadlock in the crisis-hit country.

Le Drian will meet with Speaker Nabih Berri on Wednesday, Asharq al-Awsat newspaper said, adding that Berri will respond to a Quintet's statement after meeting Le Drian.

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Franjieh calls for presidential race among top 3 Christian leaders

Marada Movement chief Suleiman Franjieh has suggested that the country’s top three Christian leaders nominate themselves for the presidency as an exit from the current presidential crisis, referring to himself, Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea.

“The balances have not changed and no one can elect a president today before a settlement in the region, which will reflect positively on Lebanon,” Franjieh added, in an interview on al-Jadeed TV.

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Israeli army stages Lebanon attack simulation

In recent weeks, the Israeli army’s 146th Division and the 205th Reserve Armored Brigade held a divisional and brigade exercise simulating “a maneuver in Lebanon,” the Israeli army said on Monday.

“The exercise simulated combat scenarios in the northern arena, the rapid deployment of forces in the field, the functioning of the division and brigade headquarters and the readiness of the forces for an attack,” the Israeli army said in a statement.

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