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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.

Wednesday, Oct 18

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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.

Egypt draws $1.8B of investments for solar projects

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Egypt’s fledgling solar industry attracted $1.8 billion of investment, largely from the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank’s International Finance Corp.

Financial woes put Libyan oil recovery on shaky ground

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Libya’s oil production revival is being undermined by the same financial, economic and security problems that threaten the promise of stability and a better life for the divided North African nation.

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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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Rouhani renews Aoun's invitation to Tehran

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Wednesday again extended an invitation to President Michel Aoun to visit Tehran, after the Lebanese president was originally invited in August.

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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.

Tuesday, Oct 17

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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.

Qatari banks to cut dollar sales to foreign lenders

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Some Qatari banks are becoming less willing to sell dollars to foreign lenders amid a lingering regional standoff with a Saudi-led alliance, according to people familiar with the matter.

Threat to Qatari banks’ liquidity fading: Fitch

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The threat to Qatari banks’ funding and liquidity, triggered by withdrawals of foreign deposits amid a Saudi-led boycott of Doha, appears to be fading, Fitch Ratings said Tuesday.

Inspection battle places Egypt’s vital wheat supply in jeopardy

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Wheat shipments to Egypt, the world’s largest buyer, are being disrupted by a dispute involving government inspectors angered by a ban on the expenses-paid foreign trips they once enjoyed to approve cargoes at their ports of origin.

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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Iran aircraft deals hang by thread as Trump targets Tehran

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President Donald Trump's hawkish new approach towards Tehran, coupled with banking worries and domestic political turbulence in both countries, are causing growing uncertainty over Iran's $36 billion deal to buy airliners from Boeing,…

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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

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79 Syrians detained across Lebanon

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Lebanese Army Intelligence arrested 50 Syrians Monday in a raid on a Syrian refugee settlement north of the southern city of Sidon.