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Dar al-Handasah pitches $200M airport upgrade

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Proposals to expand the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut will cost at least $200 million, representatives of Middle East Airlines and an Arab contractor and consulting firm told the prime minister Tuesday. During the meeting with Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Dar al-Handasah (Shair & Partners) consultancy proposed a plan ...

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Aoun reaffirms Lebanese security and political stability


President Michel Aoun Tuesday assured high-ranking diplomats in Beirut that Lebanon was maintaining security and political stability. In a speech to diplomats and other foreign envoys at an annual event held at the beginning of the New Year at Baabda Palace, Aoun reiterated that the parliamentary elections slated for this ...

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Lebanese ambassador to U.N. presents credentials

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Lebanon’s new Ambassador to the United Nations Amal Mudallali presented her credential to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres , the state-run National News Agency reported. Mudallali was appointed ambassador of the Lebanese mission to the U.N. in July 2017 and is the first women to hold the position. She was an adviser ...

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Berri talks Lebanon and region with Rouhani


Speaker Nabih Berri discussed regional developments with Iranian President Hasan Rouhani on his third day of high-level meetings in Tehran Wednesday. “The meeting was positive and Rouhani noted the calm situation in Lebanon and his hopes that it would remain this way,” Voice of Lebanon (93.3FM) quoted Berri as saying ...

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Migrant arrivals in Germany down sharply in 2017

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The number of new asylum seekers in Germany fell sharply last year to 186,000, the government said Tuesday, easing pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel as debate rages on whether to impose a cap on migration. The figures are a far cry from the record 890,000 arrivals registered in 2015 after ...

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Macron in Calais on foray into migrant dilemma


President Emmanuel Macron is visiting the port city of Calais, where hundreds of migrants hide out while trying to make an end run to Britain. The northern city, laced with high fences and a wall, is the closest point between France and Britain, with two cross-Channel transport systems, the Eurotunnel ...

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Gen. Aoun to cadets: merit only means to graduate


Lebanese Army head Gen. Joseph Aoun Monday inspected the military academy in Baabda’s Fayadieh and met with new students who he told that only merit would allow them to graduate. During the inspection, Gen. Aoun met with the head of the academy, officers and first-year students that were admitted to ...

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Chinese trade agency selects Beirut for MENA headquarters


Lebanon was chosen as the Middle East and North Africa regional headquarters for the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry announced Tuesday. Lebanon was chosen due to its strategic location, free economy and openness to investment, according to the statement. “CCPIT has 30 representative offices ...

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Hariri: Lebanon must steer clear of Arab conflicts

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Prime Minister Saad Hariri called Monday on rival Lebanese parties to fully comply with the government’s policy of dissociation from regional conflicts, in the latest attempt to reassure Arab Gulf states infuriated by Hezbollah’s deep involvement in the war in Syria and other regional disputes. “We have agreed in the ...

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