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Monday, Aug 21

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Lebanon played major role in foiling Sydney terror plot: Machnouk

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Lebanon played a major role in foiling a recent terror plot to blow up an Emirati airplane filled with 400 passengers bound for Abu Dhabi from Australia, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Monday.

Lebanon’s three largest banks growing slowly: report

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Cairo-based investment bank EFG Hermes expects Lebanon’s three largest banks to record a slight increase in customer deposits at the end of 2017 despite the challenges in the country.

Libya halts big oil field loadings in latest disruption

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Libya halted loadings from its biggest oil field in the latest disruption to the OPEC nation’s crude production and shipments.

Saudis could get $21 billion non-oil boost in 2018: BofA

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Saudi Arabia’s non-oil revenue could surge by some 80 billion riyals ($21.3 billion) next year, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, boosting the kingdom’s efforts to reduce the economy’s reliance on crude.

All about the UAE’s nuclear energy plan

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The United Arab Emirates aims to join the list of states with a nuclear power program by 2018.

UAE nuclear program edges toward 2018 launch

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At first glance, the long hallway seems abandoned.

Turkish firms ready $64 billion spending spree to leave home

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Robert Yuksel Yildirim had barely been at the family’s construction-materials business a year before the company won its first international contract.

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Army gears up for final push as funerals held

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The Lebanese Army’s engineering unit Monday worked to clear the liberated areas in the outskirts of Ras Baalbeck and Al-Qaa from landmines and IEDs as it prepared for the final push in its offensive against Daesh (ISIS).

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Hezbollah and the Syrian Army push against Daesh

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Hezbollah and the Syrian army advanced Monday against Daesh (ISIS) positions on the Syrian side of the Lebanese-Syrian border, in the outskirts of western Qalamoun

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RECAP: Day 3 of Fajr al-Joroud operation

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As the Lebanese Army's Fajr al-Joroud offensive against Daesh (ISIS) militants on the northeastern border around Ras Baalbeck and Al-Qaa entered its third day Monday, the Army prepared the ground for the final phase of the offensive and…

Sunday, Aug 20

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Six reported killed as rocket strikes entrance to Damascus trade fair

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Six people were reported killed Sunday when a rocket hit near an international trade fair being held in the Syrian capital for the first time in five years.

Army secures swift gains over Daesh

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The Lebanese Army had liberated two-thirds of Daesh- (ISIS) occupied territories on the outskirts of Ras Baalbeck and Al-Qaa by Sunday evening.

America’s elites respond to Trump with cowardice

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Much of America has reacted swiftly and strongly to Donald Trump’s grotesque suggestion that there is a moral equivalence between the white supremacists who converged on Charlottesville, Virginia, and those who protested against them.

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Hezbollah and Syrian Army advance against Daesh

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Hezbollah and the Syrian Army advanced Sunday against Daesh (ISIS) militants on the Syrian side of the Qalamoun region near the Lebanese border.

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Statue of Saint Charbel begins pilgrimage to Faraya

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Lebanon’s largest statue of Saint Charbel began its pilgrimage from the Jounieh town of Haret Sakhr to its installation site early Sunday, state media reported

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Three soldiers killed in offensive against Daesh

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Three Lebanese soldiers were killed and one wounded Sunday after their vehicle detonated a landmine on the Dowar al-Najasa road near the border town of Arsal, the Lebanese Army announced in statement.

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RECAP: Day 2 of Fajr al-Joroud operation

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The Lebanese Army’s Fajr al-Joroud (Dawn of the Outskirts) offensive entered its second day Sunday, inflicting casualties on the Army as it advanced on positions held by Daesh (ISIS) militants in the outskirts of the northeastern towns of…

Iraqi forces start operation to retake Tal Afar from Daesh

Iraqi security forces launched Sunday an offensive to take back the city of Tal Afar, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Daesh (ISIS) militants, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said

Saturday, Aug 19

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Palestinian in West Bank attack bid killed: Israel police

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A Palestinian teenager who tried to attack an Israeli border guard in the occupied West Bank with a knife on Saturday was shot dead, an Israeli police spokeswoman said.

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Turkey slams 'arrogant' German reaction to Erdogan poll call

Turkey on Saturday lashed out at "arrogant" German reaction to comments by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urging ethnic Turks in Germany to vote against both parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition.

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Shell lifts its first crude cargo from Libya in 5 years: industry sources

Royal Dutch Shell has lifted a cargo of 600,000 barrels of crude oil from Libya's Zueitina port, its first from the war-torn north African country in 5 years, two industry sources told Reuters on Saturday.

Daesh members surrender to Hezbollah in Syria

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Militants from Daesh (ISIS) have started to lay down their arms and surrendered to Syrian and Hezbollah forces Saturday after a major offensive in Syrian Qalamoun near the Lebanese border, the party's War Media Center reported

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Expected course of battle: bombardments followed by ground push

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The Army is expected to pound Daesh (ISIS) fortifications before commencing a gradual ground advance towards fortified positions.

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Recap Day 1: Army launches Fajr al-Joroud operation against Daesh

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The Lebanese launched 'Fajr al-Joroud' operation against Daesh (ISIS) positions on the outskirts of al-Qaa and Ras Baalbek towns Saturday.

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Lebanese Army secures swift gains against Daesh

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The Army secured quick gains and rapid advances against Daesh (ISIS) during the first day of its long-awaited offensive against the militants entrenched on the Lebanese-Syrian border Saturday.

Friday, Aug 18

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Hariri eyes 24/7 electricity with gas-powered plants

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Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Friday he would endeavor to provide 24 hours electricity to Lebanon through the construction of more power plants that run on gas.

Salameh reiterates BDL commitment to monetary policy

Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh seized the opportunity of the book launch of Payment Systems in Lebanon Friday to reiterate that Banque du Liban was fully committed to the monetary policy established over the last 24 years.

Firms flock to Syria fair, eyes on reconstruction contracts

Lured by potentially enormous contracts for reconstruction work in war-torn Syria, international companies have laid out their wares at the Damascus International Fair for the first time in six years.

Russia reaps blowback from covert campaign

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Intelligence officers sometimes talk about blowback, when covert actions go bad and end up damaging the country that initiated them.

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Beirut port website hacked by 'Saudi Electronic Army'

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The Port fo Beirut website Friday appears to have been hacked by a group calling themselves the Saudi Electronic Army.