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Aoun chairs meeting on Syrian refugees

President Michel Aoun, caretaker Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib, caretaker Social Affairs Minister Hector Hajjar, and Maj. General Abbas Ibrahim met Wednesday in Baabda to discuss the Syrian Refugees repatriation.

Also on Wednesday, Kuwaiti newspaper al-Anbaa reported that Syria is dissatisfied with a statement by Bou Habib that accused the Syrian regime of not wanting to return the refugees to their homeland.

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Report: Bassil to meet al-Rahi over Archbishop al-Hajj

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi will meet Free Patriotic Movement head Jebran Bassil to find a solution regarding Archbishop Mussa al-Hajj's case, MTV said Wednesday.

According to the channel, Bassil had sent delegates to Bkerke to prepare for his visit.

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Aoun rejects decree to raise customs dollar

President Michel Aoun has refused to sign a decree that would increase the customs fees, media reports said Wednesday.

The so-called customs dollar will determine the LBP to USD exchange rate that will be used to calculate customs on imports.

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New buyer sought for grain shipment after Lebanese buyer canceled order

A new buyer is being sought for the first grain shipment to leave Ukraine under a hard-won deal with Russia after the original Lebanese buyer cancelled its order, the Ukrainian embassy said.

The Sierra Leone-flagged vessel Razoni left the Ukrainian port of Odessa on August 1 carrying 26,000 tons of maize and had been expected to dock in the Lebanese port of Tripoli at the weekend.

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Report: Jumblat to meet Safa in bid to join 'winning team'

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat will meet with Hezbollah coordination official Wafiq Safa by the end of the week, MTV said Wednesday.

It quoted a source close to the PSP as saying that "Jumblat has read the situation well and has chosen to be with the winning team."

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Report: Azour tops al-Rahi's presidential candidates list

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi has started thinking of potential candidates for the presidential election, Kuwait’s al-Rai newspaper reported on Tuesday.

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Report: Israel hasn't told Lebanon it wants to delay demarcation

Lebanon has not been informed through a brotherly or friendly country that Israel wants to delay settling the sea border demarcation file until after its early legislative elections in the end of the next fall, a highly informed Lebanese source has said.

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Reports: US asked Israel not to make Lebanon talks part of 'electoral bazar'

The United States has pressed Israel on the issue of sea border negotiations with Lebanon, asking it not to make the file a part of the domestic "electoral bazar" in Israel, which is readying for a new round of early legislative elections.

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Jumblat slams 'failed presidential tenure', urges dialogue with Hezbollah

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat has lashed out at President Michel Aoun’s presidential term, describing his tenure as “failed,” “spiteful” and “disastrous.”

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Nasrallah to Israel: Don't make a mistake over oil and gas issue

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday warned Israel against “making a mistake towards the resistance in Lebanon” or over “the issue of oil and gas and the issue of the maritime border.”

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