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KSA daily: Lebanon to be rescued by Iran-backed Saudi-Syrian initiative

The Lebanese file was a priority on the agenda of the meeting that was held in Jeddah between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Syrian President Bashara al-Assad, a Saudi newspaper reported on Thursday, expecting a return to the so-called S-S (Saudi Arabia-Syria) equation in Lebanon.

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Jumblat resigns after 46 years as PSP chief

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat on Thursday announced his resignation as PSP chief, a post he has held since the 1977 assassination of his father Kamal Jumblat.

Jumblat also resigned from the PSP’s leadership council and called for an electoral convention on June 25 as per the party’s constitution and bylaws, the PSP’s al-Anbaa news portal reported.

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Bou Saab: Presidential efforts fruitless but communication ongoing

Deputy Speaker Elias Bou Saab has lamented that the latest efforts to break the presidential deadlock have been fruitless while noting that “communication is still ongoing.”

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Bassil: Alliance with Hezbollah has entered different stage

Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil has confirmed that “the alliance with Hezbollah has become in a different stage.”

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Germans hand Beirut arrest warrants for Salameh, 4 others

A German delegation has visited the Lebanese’s judiciary headquarters in Beirut and handed over five arrest warrants issued in Germany for Central Bank chief Riad Salameh and four others over corruption charges, officials told the Associated Press.

They did not reveal the name of the four others.

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Prominent Egyptian rights activist briefly detained in Lebanon

Lebanese authorities have briefly detained a prominent Egyptian blogger and human rights activist, his lawyer and sister said, but the reason for his arrest was not immediately clear.

The first word about the arrest of Abdul-Rahman Tarek, also known by his nickname Moka, came from his sister, Sara Tarek. She posted on her Facebook page that her brother was detained by plainclothes policemen Wednesday afternoon from his apartment. She called for his release saying he had spent seven years in jail in Egypt until his release last year.

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Salameh travel banned, his passports confiscated

A Lebanese judge has banned Central Bank chief Riad Salameh from traveling, days after Beirut received an Interpol red notice following a French arrest warrant, a judicial official said.

The judge questioned Salameh and "decided to release him pending investigation, ban him from traveling, and confiscate his Lebanese and French passports," the official told AFP.

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Hezbollah pressing 'Christian MPs', was 'behind Alain Aoun's stance'

Hezbollah is seeking to secure one-half-plus-one of parliament’s votes for its candidate Suleiman Franjieh through “intensifying individual meetings with Christian MPs,” a parliamentary source said.

“It is trying to create a Christian bloc that would vote for Franjieh when a presidential election session is scheduled,” the source told the Nidaa al-Watan newspaper in remarks published Wednesday.

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Berri wants swift election of president who can talk to Syria, Arab countries

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said Wednesday that Parliament's doors are not closed to legislative and electoral sessions.

"We hope that a president will be elected as soon as possible, which can only happen when parliamentary blocs show a sincere will to reach an agreement and overcome obstacles," Berri added.

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Qatari team to return to Beirut, Paris may shelve its initiative

A Qatari delegation will return to Lebanon in the next few days to continue its presidential initiative, a media report said on Wednesday.

“It will meet with a number of parliamentary blocs, especially from the opposition, as part of the efforts aimed at unifying their ranks and agreeing on a common presidential candidate,” ad-Diyar newspaper reported.

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