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Jumblat: Mouawad not confrontation candidate but Franjieh is

Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblat said overnight that he does not consider MP Michel Mouawad to be a confrontational presidential candidate.

“I do not consider Michel Mouawad a confrontation candidate. He is the son of Taef (Accord’s) martyr Rene Mouawad, and we want a president who would address the main controversial topics through dialogue. (Hezbollah’s) arms are one of these topics for example and the file should be tackled through a defense strategy,” Jumblat said in an interview on LBCI TV.

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More details emerge about government reshuffle

Several caretaker ministers have requested not to be part of the new government, LBCI television said.

“Telecom Minister Johnny Korm has informed PM-designate Najib Mikati of this, proposing the name of Ziad al-Jalfoun to be his successor, and he has informed the Marada Movement of his decision,” LBCI quoted informed sources as saying.

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Four banks stormed by depositors across Lebanon

Four Lebanese banks were stormed Tuesday by depositors, a day after a man stormed BLOM Bank’s branch in Haret Hreik.

In the northern city of Tripoli, employees and workers of the Kadisha Electricity Company stormed a branch of the FNB bank in protest at the bank’s deduction of fees from their salaries.

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Lebanon requests 'amendments of specific sentences' in response to Hochstein

Lebanon has requested "amendments of specific sentences" in its response to U.S. mediator Amos Hochstein’s latest and final proposal, a Lebanese official involved in the negotiations said.

The remarks include "amendments of specific sentences so that there is no room for misunderstanding," the official added.

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Lebanese suspect held as Liberia seizes $100 million of cocaine

Liberian authorities have said that they have seized some $100 million worth of cocaine, with help from the United States' international narcotics agency.

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Report: 5 ministers to be changed, new govt. will be formed

The expected governmental reshuffle might expand to target five portfolios, informed sources have said.

The reshuffle “will not stop at replacing the economy and displaced ministers but will also target three other portfolios: youth and sports, social affair and foreign affairs,” the sources told al-Joumhouria newspaper in remarks published Monday.

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Berri says to call for presidential vote session before mid-October

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri has said that he will call for a second presidential election session before the middle of the current month.

“All parties must shoulder their responsibilities regarding this juncture,” Berri added, in remarks to Annahar newspaper published Monday.

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Bou Saab says Israel deal possible within days as leaders meet in Baabda

President Michel Aoun, Speaker Nabih Berri and PM-designate Najib Mikati held a meeting Monday in Baabda to discuss a U.S. proposal to demarcate the maritime border with Israel -- a step that could allow both countries to explore offshore resources.

The meeting followed another by a Lebanese technical team and advisors to Aoun, Berri and Mikati. The technical team later joined the meeting of the three leaders.

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Lapid to Netanyahu: Don’t join 'Nasrallah's propaganda'

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Monday hit out at opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu over the latter’s criticism of the emerging sea border deal with Lebanon.

“Some facts for Netanyahu, simply because he did not see the agreement: Israel receives 100% of its security needs, 100% of the Karish field and even some of the profits of the Lebanese field,” Lapid tweeted.

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Aoun says no partnership with Israel as Israelis discuss Qana with TotalEnergies

President Michel Aoun announced Monday that there will be no “partnership” with Israel in the offshore gas fields, as an Israeli media report said Israel is discussing its “share” in Lebanon’s Qana field with French oil giant TotalEnergies.

“Lebanon will today decide its stance on the written proposal presented by U.S. mediator Amos Hochstein in consultation with Speaker Nabih Berri and PM-designate Najib Mikati and in light of the observations of the technical committee formed for this purpose,” Aoun said in a Baabda meeting with Anne Gueguen, the head of the MENA region at the French foreign ministry.

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