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Cabinet struggles with budget, more sessions ahead

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The Cabinet will meet again Thursday after concluding another fruitless session to agree a draft state budget, yet Information Minister Melhem Riachi described the deliberations as “positive.” “We continued discussing the budget … and the salary scale and all the files that are included within the budget,” he told reporters ...

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Rouhani lauds Berri as stabilizing force in Lebanon

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani praised Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri as a provider of support for Lebanon during a meeting yesterdy in Tehran. Rouhani voiced his support for Berri’s role in maintaining stability in Lebanon and the prospect of improving the two countries’ economic and trade relations. “We place a ...

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Child Rights Toolkit out in Lebanon

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“Everywhere around us, everyday Children are denied their rights,” Tanya Chapuisat, UNICEF representative in Lebanon, said at the launch of the joint EU-UNICEF Child Rights Toolkit Wednesday. “Society and the time we live in often take this for granted. It shouldn’t be so and that’s why we are here today.” ...

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International Support Group for Lebanon urges timely elections

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Members of the International Support Group for Lebanon yesterday called on Lebanese politicians to work together to reach a new electoral law and conduct timely elections. The group urged political leaders to reach “an early compromise, which would present an appropriate electoral framework for Lebanon.” It also called for “timely, ...

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Riachi discusses media cooperation with China

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Information Minister Melhem Riachi discussed possible media cooperation with Chinese Ambassador to Lebanon Wang Kejian Wednesday. “Lebanon’s media sector has a large impact not only in the country but regionwide as well,” the state-run National News Agency reported Wang as saying after the ambassador expressed interested in working with Lebanon ...

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Hariri to lead Lebanon-Egypt joint-committee in Cairo

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Prime Minister Saad Hariri will head to Egypt next month for the first meeting of the Lebanese-Egyptian Joint Higher Committee since 2010, Egypt’s Ambassador to Lebanon announced after meeting with the prime minister Wednesday. “I had the honor of meeting with Prime Minister Hariri to discuss the preparation of upcoming ...

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Airstrikes by Russia Buttress Turkey in Battle vs. ISIS

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 Russian warplanes have carried out airstrikes to support Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria against the Islamic State, an important evolution in a budding Russian-Turkish partnership. The deepening ties threaten to marginalize the United States in the struggle to shape Syria’s ultimate fate. The air missions, which took place for about ...

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Truck-ramming attack kills four Israeli soldiers

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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: A Palestinian rammed a truck into a group of Israeli soldiers visiting a popular tourist spot in occupied Jerusalem Sunday, killing four and wounding 17 others, authorities said. The driver was also killed at the location overlooking holy sites. It was the deadliest Palestinian attack in Jerusalem in ...

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Melhem Antoun Riachy

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Melhem Antoun Riachy is from “Khenchara” in the district of North Metn. He is a writer, a journalist, and a researcher in Middle East affairs and comparative religions, having several studies in this field. He is a consultant in political affairs and strategic negotiations, a professor of Geostrategic communication in ...

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