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'Furious race against time' to complete Brexit treaty: EU's Tusk

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European Council President Donald Tusk warned Tuesday that completing a Brexit treaty and agreeing on future relations with Britain would be a "furious race against time" where EU states would have to stick together to avoid economic…

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Marada, FM election alliance likely: Frangieh

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MP Sleiman Frangieh signaled Tuesday that his Marada Movement and the Future Movement might form an alliance during next year’s parliamentary elections.

World Bank says will cease financing upstream oil and gas after 2019

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PARIS, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The World Bank said on Tuesday it will no longer finance upstream oil and gas projects after 2019, apart from certain gas projects in the poorest countries in exceptional circumstances.

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Lebanon vital for Syria reconstruction: report

Lebanon’s air, land and sea routes will be needed for Syria’s reconstruction in case of any upcoming political solution to the country’s civil conflict, a European diplomat told a local daily in remarks published Tuesday.

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Arbid elected president of Socio-economic Council

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Prime Minister Saad Hariri hailed Monday the election of the new executive committee for Lebanon’s Socio-economic Council headed by Charles Arbid.

EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump’s Jerusalem move

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EU foreign ministers firmly rebuffed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request that allies join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, seeing the move as a blow against the peace process.

Beginning of end for Israel: Nasrallah

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Monday called on all groups who resist Israel’s plans in the region to determine a unified strategy for a major confrontation, after what he said were victories against takfiri groups.

Aoun prepares for summit on Jerusalem

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President Michel Aoun is drafting suggestions to put forward at an upcoming Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit on occupied Jerusalem in Istanbul Wednesday.

Jerusalem move won’t destabilize Lebanon: experts

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Despite Sunday’s clashes between protesters and security forces near the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon, analysts say the recent U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will not have an overwhelmingly negative effect on…

MedInvesment closes $25M securitization

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MedInvesment Bank, the financial arm of Bankmed, conducted a successful $25 million securitization for Lebanon’s largest car rental company, the biggest such transaction in the Levant for a car rental business, the bank announced in a…

U.K. steps up fight against money laundering

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Britain said Monday it would create a new national economic crime center to crack down harder on money laundering by drug dealers and people traffickers who are expected to net 90 billion pounds ($120.3 billion) this year.

The explorers who slip through the cracks

For nearly two centuries cavers have explored, photographed and documented the vast caverns of Lebanon’s Jeita Grotto, yet still to this day new limestone chambers are being discovered.

Bitcoin futures soar in hype over virtual currency

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Bitcoin’s debut on a major U.S. exchange is a hit so far, with the price of the first-ever futures contract for the virtual currency rising 18 percent.

Investors told to brace for steepest rate hikes in over a decade

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Wall Street economists are telling investors to brace for the biggest tightening of monetary policy in more than a decade.

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Britain's May hails new optimism in Brexit talks after deal

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Prime Minister Theresa May Monday hailed the deal struck on the first stage of Brexit talks, saying it proved Britain could leave the European Union in a "smooth and orderly way."

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USTR Lighthizer says WTO losing focus, must rethink development

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U.S. President Donald Trump's trade chief said Monday that the World Trade Organization is losing its focus on trade negotiations in favor of litigation and needed to rethink how it defines developing economies.

Nasrallah calls for a third intifada in Palestine

Nasrallah calls for a third intifada in Palestine

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Nasrallah calls for third Palestinian intifada

Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Monday that the best response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem was to call for another intifada.

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5th day of protests over Trump's Jerusalem move

A fifth day of angry protests was expected in the Middle East on Monday over US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, as Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas visited Cairo for crisis talks

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Jordan parliament to review peace treaty with Israel

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Lawmakers in Jordan have tasked a parliamentary committee to review all agreements with Israel, including a 1994 peace treaty, following the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

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Socio-economic Council president elected after 15 years

Lebanon’s Socio-economic Council elected Charles Arbid to be its president Monday, effectively reactivating the body after it had lain dormant for over 15 years.

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Berri to snub Arab meeting on Jerusalem

Speaker Nabih Berri will not attend the emergency Arab Parliamentary Union meeting Wednesday reportedly due to his discontent at the failure to invite Syria to the meeting.

Syrian army, Iranian-backed militias push toward Idlib

The Syrian army and Iranian-backed militias backed by Russian air power stepped up a military campaign against rebels in eastern Hama province in a push toward the rebel stronghold of Idlib province in northwestern Syria, rebels and…

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Bitcoin tops $18,000 in debut on major bourse

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Bitcoin surged past $18,000 after it began trading on its first major global exchange Sunday, the latest in a series of highs that have excited some investors while leaving others nervous of a bubble.

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Lebanon raps Arab League on Jerusalem

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Lebanon Sunday criticized a resolution issued by Arab foreign ministers after their emergency meeting regarding Jerusalem, saying it fell short of addressing the gravity of the situation resulting from the U.S. decision to recognize the…

Authorities probe Iraq militia head’s trip to south Lebanon

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Lebanese authorities are investigating a visit to south Lebanon by the head of an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia group that prompted a response from Prime Minister Saad Hariri over the weekend.

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U.S. Embassy protest turns violent

Protests at the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon took a violent turn Sunday when Internal Security Forces charged demonstrators after firing tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons as the crowd was dispersing.

Fresh protests flare over Trump’s Jerusalem decision

New protests flared in the Middle East and elsewhere Sunday over U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move that has drawn global condemnation and sparked days of unrest in Palestine.

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UK won't pay Brexit bill if no trade deal agreed: Davis

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Brexit Secretary David Davis said Sunday Britain will not honor financial commitments agreed this week with the European Union if they fail to secure a future trade deal, contradicting finance minister Philip Hammond.

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Iraqi group responds to Hariri over head's southern sojourn

Iraq militia group Asaib Ahl al-Haq responded to criticism by Prime Minister Saad Hariri Saturday by saying the group’s leader entered Lebanon legally and his trip to the border was in a show of support.