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Aoun Calls for 'Immunizing Independence', Says Army Can Defend Borders

President Michel Aoun on Monday called for “immunizing independence” and noted that the army has the ability to defend Lebanon's borders should its capabilities be boosted. “We must immunize independence through ref...

Hariri Says Lebanon Committed to Saudi-Led Causes, al-Faisal Says Lebanon Not a Discord Arena

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri stressed Monday that “Lebanon is committed to all the Saudi-led causes” as visiting Saudi envoy Prince Khaled al-Faisal announced that Lebanon should not be “an arena for Arab dis...

Miqati, Bassil to Meet after Warning that Israel Could Access Offshore Oil

Caretaker Premier Najib Miqati is scheduled to meet on Monday with Energy Minister Jebran Bassil who warned last week that Israel's discovery of a new offshore gas field near Lebanese territorial waters means the Jewish st...

Salam Says No Cabinet Formation Progress, Cites Option of Stepping Down

Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam said Monday that there was still no progress in the formation of a new government and that a decision to step down was one of the available options.“There is still no progress in...

Dean of Journalists and Veteran Politician Ghassan Tueni Dies

The dean of Lebanese journalists Ghassan Tueni, who is the honorary president and former chairman of the board of directors of An Nahar newspaper, passed away at dawn Friday. He was 86.He had been hospitalized for the past...

Decision to allocate funds gives Cabinet new lease on life

The Cabinet’s decision Thursday to allocate LL10.394 trillion ($6.8 billion) to cover the expenses of all ministries for the rest of this year has temporarily breathed life into a government that was severely hamstru...

Jumblat Urges March 14 to Attend All-Party Talks, Slams Opposition's Policy

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat slammed on Friday the March 14-led oppositions’ stance over the national dialogue, stressing the importance of all-party talks to resolve all disputed issues.&ldquo...

Cabinet to 'Legalize' Overspending after Suleiman-Miqati-March 8 Deal

The cabinet will approve a draft-law to legalize the controversial extra-budgetary spending during its session on Thursday, President Michel Suleiman announced.In remarks to As Safir daily on Wednesday, Suleiman said the g...

Deal on EDL contract workers yet to be finalized: Jreissati

Labor Minister Salim Jreissati said Tuesday that an agreement to make Electricite de Liban contract workers permanent employees has not been completed yet.“Up till now, no final agreement has been reached regarding t...

Miqati Approves Decree to Appoint 5 HJC Members, Refers it to Suleiman

Prime Minister Najib Miqati inked a decree to appoint five judges to the Higher Judicial Council as the tenure of the current members ended on June 5, An Nahar newspaper reported on Tuesday.According to the daily, the prem...

PSP Delegation in Ain el-Tineh as March 14 Drafts Initiative on National Dialogue

A delegation from the Progressive Socialist Party and the National Struggle Front that are headed by MP Walid Jumblat will visit Speaker Nabih Berri on Monday to discuss with him the National Dialogue that is set to take p...

Annan to meet with Lebanese officials

U.N.-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan will meet with President Michel Sleiman Thursday upon arriving in Lebanon from Amman, Jordan, the National News Agency reported.Annan will meet with the president at 5:30 p.m. at Baa...

Mediation on hostages down to Mikati, Turkey

Efforts to release 11 Lebanese hostages held by Syrian rebels are now restricted to Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Turkish officials, ministerial sources told The Daily Star Tuesday.The prime minister also said Ankara's r...

Safadi Proposes L.L.3,500 Billion Spending Bill, Miqati Says Turkey Trip Still On

Finance Minister Mohammed Safadi on Tuesday said the cabinet will discuss Wednesday a new extra-budgetary spending bill, noting that “the 4,900 billion was slashed to 3,500 billion, including the public sector wages....

Berri Denies Kidnapped Pilgrims Executed, Preaches Patience

Speaker Nabih Berri sought on Monday to appease the angry families of Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped in Syria, saying sources from the Syrian opposition and Turkish officials have confirmed that they are still alive.In remark...

Report: Hariri Threatens to Halt Funding Syrian Revolution if 11 Pilgrims Not Released

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri proposed to pay a ransom to the abductors of the 11 Lebanese pilgrims in exchange of their release, al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Monday. The daily said that Hariri’s proposal faci...

U.S. calls for immediate release of Lebanese hostages in Syria

The U.S. Embassy in Beirut called Thursday for the immediate release of a group of Lebanese men kidnapped by Syrian rebels in Aleppo.“We condemn the kidnapping of Lebanese citizens in Aleppo and call for their immedi...

FPM, PSP Ministers Argue on Army's Role in Akkar

A request by Free Patriotic Movement cabinet ministers to task the army with controlling the security in the North and put the Internal Security Forces under its command was rejected by ministers loyal to Progressive Socia...

Miqati Hits Back at Mustaqbal MPs, Says 'Dousing Fire Ignited by Their Fiery Stances'

Prime Minister Najib Miqati on Monday snapped back at Beirut’s MPs over their call for him to resign, noting that he is trying to “douse the fire ignited by some Mustaqbal Movement MPs through their fiery, irre...

Qahwaji Says Army Will Not Allow Situation to Deteriorate

Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji urged officials on Monday to end sedition in the country, saying the Lebanese are holding onto their government and army.“The problem is with the political rhetoric which is the re...