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Berri meets Mikati, Parliament Bureau meeting postponed

A Parliament Bureau meeting that was scheduled for Monday was postponed, caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Thursday after meeting with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri in Ain el-Tineh.

"Some laws will be referred to the parliamentary committees to be studied, and this is why the parliament Bureau meeting was rescheduled, in order to have more laws in the coming legislative session," Mikati said.

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Delegation from port victims relatives meet Judge Abboud

A delegation from the families of the Beirut port blast victims met Thursday with Higher Judicial Council head Suheil Abboud, and described the meeting as "positive."

The families had rallied in front of the Justice Palace to protest the obstruction of the probe.

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Qassem: Nothing to lose if Lebanon rebels against US-European pressure

Hezbollah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem on Thursday noted that “the region has started moving against the U.S.-Israeli direction,” adding that “the Iranian-Saudi agreement has thwarted the scheme of making Iran the enemy instead of Israel.”

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Nasrallah: KSA, Iran didn't discuss Lebanon, presidential file is domestic

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Wednesday noted that Iran and Saudi Arabia did not tackle the Lebanese file in the talks that led to their recent reconciliation agreement, stressing that the presidential file is “domestic” and that the Lebanese “must benefit from the positive atmosphere.”

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Report: US says Franjieh would be legitimate president as Geagea rejects Azour

U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea answered three Lebanese officials weeks ago by saying that Suleiman Franjieh would be a “legitimate president,” a media report said on Wednesday.

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Tallet el-Khayat water station reopens with EU and UNICEF support

On the occasion of World Water Day, the Beirut and Mount Lebanon Water Establishment (EBML) in partnership with UNICEF and the European Union inaugurated the newly rehabilitated Tallet el-Khayat station, one of the oldest water pumping stations in Beirut. 

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MPs raise questions on financial crisis, get no answers

Joint parliamentary committees convened Wednesday to discuss the financial situation and to question the government represented by Deputy Prime Minister Saadeh Shami and Minister of Finance Youssef el-Khalil.

Deputy Speaker Elias Bou Saab said that the dialogue was constructive and calm during the session.

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Mawlawi vows to curb bird and gunfire threat near airport

Caretaker Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi on Wednesday pledged that measures will be taken to limit the threats of birds and gunfire in the vicinity of Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport.

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Police fire tear gas at armed forces retirees protesting salaries

Security forces fired tear gas on Wednesday to disperse hundreds of protesters, mainly retired soldiers, who tried to break through the fence leading to the Grand Serail in downtown Beirut.

Retired members of the armed forces protested their low salaries at Beirut's Riad al-Solh Square. They rallied earlier Wednesday in front of Parliament as joint parliamentary committees convened to discuss the financial situation in the country.

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Banks suspend open-ended strike a day before Ramadan

Lebanon’s struggling banks resumed work Wednesday on the occasion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, after a day of protests and sharp currency swings.

The Association of Banks announced Tuesday night that all lenders in the country will suspend the strike and resume work Wednesday.

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