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Off-the-cliff Brexit would not derail German economic upturn: DIHK

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Failure in reaching a Brexit agreement in time would not stifle Germany's economic upswing, but such a scenario would be a huge political setback, Germany's DIHK Chambers of Industry and Commerce said on Thursday after raising its growth…

Hariri pays respects to slain intelligence chief

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Political figures and security officials Thursday paid homage to slain police intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan, five years after his assassination.

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Parliament passes first state budget since 2005

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Lawmakers passed the country's first state budget in over a decade Thursday after holding a three-day legislative session headed by Speaker Nabih Berri.

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Land mine kills Syrian star commander

Senior Syrian commander Issam Zahreddine, who led the fight against Daesh in Deir al-Zor, was killed Wednesday in operations against the militant group in Sakr Island, east of the embattled city, a Hezbollah-affiliated media unit reported.

Hariri hits back at critics as MPs wrap up budget debate

Prime Minister Saad Hariri Wednesday hit back at MPs who criticized his Cabinet’s performance, saying his government was the most productive in recent years, as Parliament wrapped up two days of discussions and prepared to ratify a state…

Experts scoff at ISF’s surreal estimate of Dali artwork

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A painting recovered by the Internal Security Forces thought to be an original work of Spanish painter Salvador Dali may be less valuable than originally reported.

Infrastructure investments essential, overdue

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Lebanon Needs to Unlock More Growth.

Financially hit TSC closes supermarkets

The Kuwait-based company TSC seems to be closing the curtain on its investments in Lebanon as employees of the supermarket chain plan a demonstration Thursday to demand their full salaries and compensations.

Market reforms must promote growth for everyone, ECB chief warns

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European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says governments must ensure that pro-business reforms create economic benefits for everyone if the changes in worker protections are to find acceptance.

WTO members concerned about Trump’s ‘Buy American’ order

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Israel, China and Taiwan joined a number of U.S. allies at the World Trade Organization Wednesday to express concerns over a Trump administration executive order that calls on U.S. authorities to maximize use of American-made goods,…

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Excavations underway on both sides of the Lebanese-Israeli border

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Bulldozers worked along the Lebanese-Israeli border Wednesday, digging out some areas and cleaning waterways.

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Prominent Syrian army commander killed in Deir al-Zor

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Senior Syrian regime military commander Issam Zahreddine was killed Wednesday during an operation against Daesh (ISIS) in Deir al-Zor, the Hezbollah-affiliated War Media Center reported.

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Hamas demands that wanted Lebanese leave Ain al-Hilweh

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The political committee of the Hamas Movement outside of Palestine called Wednesday for an immediate halt to the construction of a wall around Ain al-Hilweh.

From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel

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Iran's military chief discussed ways to deepen cooperation with the Syrian military during a visit to Damascus on Wednesday, pledging to fight Israel and Sunni insurgents, Syrian state media said

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ISF seizes probable Dali painting worth millions

The Internal Security Forces has recovered a painting thought to be an original work by legendary artist Salvador Dali, according to an ISF statement released Wednesday.

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Parliament OK's delayed budget audit, adjourns

Parliament ended Wednesday’s session with a vote on a cabinet bill allowing the 2017 state budget to be passed without an audit, paving the way for the country’s first fiscal plan in 12 years.

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Calm Parliament session heralds easy budget approval

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Parliament Tuesday began the first of three successive legislative sessions to debate and ratify a state budget for the first time in over a decade, with lawmakers delivering low-key speeches reflecting the top leaders’ political…

Daesh leader’s ex-wife tells her tale in court

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The Military Court this week issued a verdict in the case against Saja al-Dulaimi, the former wife of the Daesh (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ending a controversial trial.

Early morning shooting spree kills three, wounds four

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Residents of a small Beirut neighborhood expressed shock and surprise Tuesday after a local teenager went on an early morning rampage with a shotgun leaving three – including his father – dead and four wounded.

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Pricey high-tech features define new smartphone wars

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The front lines of the battle for smartphone dominance over the coming years have grown clearer after Chinese firm Huawei presented a phone powered by artificial intelligence designed to go head-to-head with Samsung and Apple.

Toys ‘R’ Us to mull options for $2 billion Asia unit

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‘Toys R Us Inc., the retailer that filed for bankruptcy in North America, has been exploring options for its growing Asian business, including a potential initial public offering, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Powell will likely be next Fed chairman: economists

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Jerome Powell likely will be the next Federal Reserve chairman, a slim majority of economists in a Reuters poll said – although most of them admitted current Fed Chair Janet Yellen would be the best option.

OECD: In U.K. interests to keep close EU economic ties

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The OECD said U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May risks doing long term-damage to the economy unless she secures a deal that maintains strong trade ties with the European Union.

Torbey: Arab banks complying with anti-terror-funding rules

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A leading banker Tuesday expressed concern about the reluctance of American banks to deal with Arab lenders despite the fact that the latter have complied with all international standards to combat money laundering and terrorism funding.

Kurds abandon territory as Iraq government forces advance

The Baghdad government recaptured territory from Kurds across northern Iraq Tuesday, making startlingly rapid gains in a sudden campaign that has shifted the balance of power in the country almost overnight.

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AUB ranked top university in Arab world

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The American University of Beirut has earned the number one spot in the QS Arab Region University Ranking of 2017/2018, a statement from AUB said Monday.

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Brexit transition period can create certainty for businesses: UK's Hammond

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Companies in Britain and the European Union will benefit from the certainty of a time-limited transition period during Brexit, British finance minister Philip Hammond said Tuesday.

AUB and LF win lawsuits against Al-Akhbar

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Local daily Al-Akhbar was ordered Tuesday to pay LL1,000 to both the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese Forces, after the newspaper was found to have slandered these parties in two separate cases.

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Parliament resumes session on state budget

Parliamentary committee members were re-elected and the 2017 state budget was discussed during Tuesday's parliamentary session, which was headed by Speaker Nabih Berri.

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Daesh defeated in their Syrian capital Raqqa

U.S.-backed militias in Syria declared victory over Daesh (ISIS) in its capital Raqqa on Tuesday, raising flags over the last extremist footholds after a four-month battle