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Launch of Lebanon Crisis Response Plan: Govt., UN, partners appeal for $3.2 billion

Prime Minister Najib Mikati, together with the Minister for Social Affairs Hector Hajjar and the U.N. Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Najat Rochdi, officially launched on Monday the 2022-2023 Lebanon Crisis Response Plan at the Grand Serail.

"Eleven years into the Syria crisis, the Government of Lebanon and its national and international partners today appealed for $3.2 billion to address the ongoing impact of the Syria crisis through delivery of critical assistance to people in need and support to Lebanon’s public infrastructure, services and local economy, amid deepening vulnerabilities," the United Nations Information Centre in Beirut said in a statement.

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Report: LF may nominate Mikati, discussing portfolios with him

The Progressive Socialist Party and the Lebanese Forces are discussing "how to make a settlement with a premier who would confront Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil," al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Monday.

"That's why PSP and LF representatives yesterday discussed the name of the candidate who would best represent their plan, and they found (in principle) no one better than Mikati to delegate him for this role," the daily added.

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Raad: PM-designate, 'while not a saint', must recognize 'resistance national role'

Hizbollah MP Mohammed Raad said Monday that the new PM will surely not be a saint but he must be pragmatic and he must "understand the importance of the resistance."

"Hizbollah has no illusion that the new PM will be a saint or an angel," Raad said, adding that the new PM "must be open to realistic solutions and at the same time must know the importance of the resistance in protecting the country and its crucial national role for Lebanon and the Lebanese."

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How many MPs will name Mikati as new PM?

Between 59 to 61 MPs will name caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati in the binding parliamentary consultations that will be held on Thursday in Baabda, sources said.

The sources told al-Joumhouriah newspaper, in remarks published Monday, that the number of the MPs who will name Mikati might increase, exceeding the parliamentary majority.

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How did Russia-Ukraine war trigger a food crisis in Lebanon, developing countries

Weeks of negotiations on safe corridors to get grain out of Ukraine's Black Sea ports have made little progress, with urgency rising as the summer harvest season arrives.

Countries like Lebanon, Somalia, Libya, Egypt and Sudan are heavily reliant on wheat, corn and sunflower oil from Ukraine and Russia.

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Al-Rahi urges inclusive govt. with no portfolio monopolization

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi on Sunday called for the formation of an “inclusive” government in which there is no monopolization of ministerial portfolios.

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Mikati hints he's ready to return as PM, rejects 'bargains'

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati has signaled that he is willing to be re-appointed to his post, in the first such stance since the parliamentary elections.

In remarks at a university graduation ceremony in Tripoli, Mikati called for speeding up the designation of a new premier, warning that Lebanon no longer has the “luxury of time.”

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UNRWA inaugurates new school in Sidon

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has inaugurated the newly constructed Trilingual UNRWA al-Sakhra Co-educational School at the Mieh Mieh camp in Sidon.

The inauguration was attended by United States Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea, French Ambassador to Lebanon Anne Grillo, Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon Ashraf Dabbour, Chairperson of the Lebanese-Palestinian Dialogue Committee (LPDC) Bassel El Hassan, UNRWA Deputy Commissioner-General Leni Stenseth, and the Director of UNRWA Affairs, Lebanon, Claudio Cordone. The inauguration was also attended by Lebanese officials, representatives of the Palestine refugee community in Lebanon, teachers, students and parents.

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UN chief urges all to 'respect STL's decision' after latest verdicts

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on all parties to “respect the decision” of the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon, after the court sentenced two more Hezbollah members to life imprisonment in relation to the 2005 assassination of ex-PM Rafik Hariri.

“The Secretary-General’s thoughts are with the victims of the 14 February attack, and their families,” his spokesperson said.

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LibanPost: Employee well-being is key to excellent customer experience

The Universal Postal Union has published on its website a LibanPost statement about the company’s efforts to achieve the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goal 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth).

Below is the statement’s full text as published by UPU:

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