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Wednesday, Jul 18

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Lebanon looks to legalize growing medicinal hash

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Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday told U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard that Parliament is preparing to study and approve legislation to legalize the cultivation of cannabis for medical use, the state-run National News Agency…

Raad blasts Sayyed after Amal remarks

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Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raad implicitly blasted MP Jamil al-Sayyed after the latter was critical of the Amal Movement, headed by Hezbollah’s ally, Speaker Nabih Berri.

Rooftop solar now exceeds 50MW: Khoury

Electrical power generated from rooftop solar photovoltaic systems in Lebanon now exceeds 50 megawatts, said Pierre al-Khoury, general-director of the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation.

Tuesday, Jul 17

Relics of St. Marina return to Lebanon from Italy

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The preserved body of St. Marina the Monk was returned to Lebanon in a glass box Tuesday from Italy’s Venice, in the presence of caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and religious representatives.

Trump’s stunning answer to ‘who do you believe?’

President Donald Trump was doing pretty well in Helsinki, really, laying out a modest but achievable agenda for improving U.S.-Russia relations.

Economists warn Cabinet formation delay will hurt

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is racing against the clock as he intensified consultations to form a Cabinet that is expected to tackle a wide range of issues – perhaps most importantly stimulating the stagnated economy and…

Bahrain bond rally fizzles out as Gulf bailout elusive

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Bondholders’ relief over a Gulf pledge to prop up Bahrain’s struggling economy has given way to anxiety now that three weeks have passed without any sign aid is on the way.

Abu Dhabi firm challenges bid for Abraaj unit

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A unit of Abu Dhabi Financial Group has made a fresh offer for the rights to manage Abraaj Group’s funds, challenging a bid from Cerberus Capital Management LP, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Ain al-Hilweh gunfire kills teen on vacation with family

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A stray bullet Monday from a Palestinian refugee camp in south Lebanon took the life of a 17-year-old expatriate spending his summer vacation in Sidon.

Monday, Jul 16

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Putin must wonder what else America knows about Russia

When President Vladimir Putin sat down at the table in Helsinki Monday, he surely had in the back of his mind some intelligence worries that had nothing to do with the U.S. president seated across from him.

Lebanon turns to wind farms for electricity

Caretaker Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil said Monday that his ministry has signed an agreement with the private sector in Lebanon to buy electricity from the power generated from the wind farms once they are built.

Want to be an Egyptian? It’ll cost you at least $390,000

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Foreigners living in Egypt will be able to apply for citizenship after five years of residency under new rules given initial backing by Parliament – as long as their pockets are deep enough.

Bahrain needs comprehensive package of economic reforms: IMF

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Bahrain needs a comprehensive package of reforms to reduce its fiscal deficits over the medium term, the IMF said, as the island kingdom seeks to secure crucial support from rich neighbors in order to avoid a currency devaluation.

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Power barge not docked due to bad weather: Abi Khalil

After a power barge was prevented from docking in the southern coastal town of Jiyyeh Monday, a day after its arrival to Lebanon, caretaker Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil said that weather conditions were to blame.

Sunday, Jul 15

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Trump knows GOP base ripe for ideological revolution

President Donald Trump’s trip to Europe is being portrayed by both him and his critics as revolutionary.

Iran urges Trump not to use strategic reserve

A senior Iranian oil official urged U.S. President Donald Trump not to use the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to push prices lower, and instead drop sanctions on Iran’s crude exports.

Abraaj founder reaches initial deal on $300M loan

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Arif Naqvi, the founder of embattled Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj Group, reached an interim settlement with a creditor on a $300 million loan, his lawyer and a person close to the creditor said.

Beirut protesters decry corruption, politicians’ vacations

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Protesters gathered in Downtown Beirut’s Riad al-Solh Square Sunday in condemnation of the government’s failure to provide basic services, also decrying rampant corruption and high pollution levels throughout the country.

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Intruders run on to pitch during World Cup final

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Four intruders ran on to the pitch from the stands during the second half of the soccer World Cup final in Moscow between Croatia and France, briefly interrupting the game on Sunday.

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France wins its second World Cup title

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France overwhelmed Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium on Sunday to lift the trophy for the second time in 20 years.

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Outcry as Lebanon receives a third power barge

South Lebanon residents protested Sunday as Turkish company Karadeniz delivered a third power barge to the country.

Saturday, Jul 14

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Victim of sexual harassment, 11, faces deportation

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A Syrian woman and her 11-year-old son were given a 15-day deadline to leave Lebanon after the mother reported that her son was sexually harassed by a Lebanese man, according to an ISF tweet Saturday.

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Lebanon reintroduced to Vatican pilgrimage list after 12 year absence

The Vatican will authorize official pilgrimage visits to Lebanon in 2019, Lebanese Charge d'Affaires in Vatican City and UNESCO Ambassador Khalil Karam told the country’s officials, according to the state-run National News Agency Friday.

Friday, Jul 13

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Erdogan pledges strong Turkish economy by year 2023

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has opened his Cabinet’s first meeting since taking office in a new term with sweeping powers, renewing a promise to make Turkey one of the world’s top economies. Erdogan vowed to work tirelessly to…

Better relations with Russia are a worthy goal

As the Helsinki summit approaches, President Donald Trump appears to be on the verge of acquiescing to the belligerent strategy and behavior that Moscow has been pursuing for decades.

Tunisia sees tourism take off after terror fears

Holidaymakers are returning to the Tunisian seaside this summer in a marked turnaround three years since dozens of tourists were killed on one of the country’s beaches. Relaxing by the pool with a whiskey in hand, Steve was thrilled with…

Abraaj posts $188 million loss after using investor funds

Abraaj Holdings had an unusual business model reliant on short-term borrowing, and key financial statements are missing or nonexistent, according to one of the firms tasked with salvaging the Dubai-based private-equity firm’s assets. In a…

Tourism minister denies sea polluted

Representatives of Lebanon’s tourism sector Friday sought to dispel notions that Lebanon was suffering from a severe environmental crisis, including the heavy pollution of its coast.

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Hariri to meet Aoun after latest Cabinet lineup set: reports

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Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is widely expected to visit President Michel Aoun Friday to present the latest draft proposal on Cabinet formation, according to local media reports.

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Hariri: Reviving economy top priority

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri sought to allay the fears of investors and the international community Thursday by assuring them the new government will seek to revitalize the Lebanese economy.