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Bou Saab: Capital control law on right track

The capital control draft law that is being discussed by the joint parliamentary committees is on the “right track,” Deputy Speaker Elias Bou Saab said on Wednesday.

“We have discussed the draft clause by clause and it needs drastic amendments in many points,” Bou Saab said after a committees session.

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Two containers go up in flames at Beirut port

Two containers went up in flames on Wednesday at the blast-hit Port of Beirut.

State-run National News Agency said the containers had car parts and furniture in them.

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Countries including Lebanon agree concrete change to end sexual violence in conflict

More than 50 countries, including Lebanon, and the U.N. agreed urgent action to end sexual violence in conflict at the UK-hosted PSVI Conference this week, signing up to a new declaration, the British embassy in Lebanon said.

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Geagea says dialogue with Hezbollah is 'waste of time'

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea has blamed Hezbollah and its allies for the crises that are gripping the country, noting that dialogue with them is of no use.

“We cannot exit the crisis through talking to those who caused it,” Geagea said in an interview with Asharq al-Awsat newspaper published Wednesday.

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Berri to 'provide cover' for cabinet session called for by Mikati

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri will provide cover for any call for a cabinet session that caretaker PM Najib Mikati may make, informed sources said.

“Necessities permit the forbidden and if preserving (sectarian) balances is necessary, protecting people’s health is a duty,” the sources told al-Joumhouria newspaper in remarks published Wednesday.

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Politicians deprive Lebanese of 'simple pleasure of watching World Cup'

Football fans looking for a respite from Lebanon's crushing economic crisis have found a challenge in simply watching the World Cup after the bankrupt state failed to pay for broadcasting rights.

"No football this year," said Jean Bassil angrily, flicking through channels on his old-fashioned television screen.

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Mouawad on capital control: Ruling class evading accountability, depositors paying price

Lawmaker and presidential candidate Michel Mouawad slammed Wednesday a capital control draft law after joint parliamentary sessions resumed discussing it.

Mouawad said that the law will make the depositors bear the burden of the financial crisis.

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Trial underway in 2016 Ivory Coast attack that killed 19, including Lebanese

Eighteen people have gone on trial in Ivory Coast accused of involvement in one of West Africa's bloodiest jihadist attacks -- a machine-gun assault on a beach resort in 2016 that left 19 dead, including one Lebanese.

But only four of the 18 will be physically present for the long-awaited proceedings in Abidjan, Ivory Coast's economic hub.

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Depositors upset as joint committees discuss capital control

Joint parliamentary committees convened again on Wednesday to resume the discussion of a capital control draft law.

The committees had convened Tuesday, as depositors and activists rallied near Parliament to protest the law.

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Depositor storms Credit Libanais in Chhîm to treat wife with cancer

A depositor stormed Wednesday a bank in the town of Chhîm to retrieve his savings in order to fund his wife’s cancer treatment.

Depositor Walid Hajjar walked into the Credit Libanais Bank with his family, poured about gasoline and threatened to set the bank on fire if he did not get his money out.

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