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Absi elected patriarch of Melkite Church


Syrian Bishop Joseph Absi Wednesday was elected the new patriarch of the Melkite-Greek Catholic Church. “It’s great, he’s an educated man, an administrative man, a man of reconciliation and an open man,” President of the Melkite-Greek Catholic League Maroun Bou Rjeily told The Daily Star. The election of Absi comes ...

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Party chiefs head to Baabda to lay plans for coming months

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Top political party leaders represented in the Cabinet will meet Thursday at the invitation of President Michel Aoun with talks expected to center around means to streamline the work of both the executive and legislative bodies over the coming months. Thursday’s meeting comes after Wednesday’s Cabinet session decided to refer ...

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Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman elevated to Crown Prince


Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was promoted to crown prince on Wednesday, replacing his cousin in a sudden announcement that confirms King Salman’s 31-year-old son as next ruler of the kingdom. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has been relieved of his post and replaced by Mohammed ...

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Two ministers quit French government


French Defense Minister Sylvie Goulard unexpectedly quit her job on Tuesday , saying she did not want to stay on because of an investigation overshadowing her MoDem party’s affairs in the European Parliament. That followed an announcement late Monday that Richard Ferrand, an aide to President Emmanuel Macron and minister ...

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Mobile internet prices not expected to fall


DSL internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile internet service providers welcomed a decree passed by the Cabinet earlier this month that significantly reduces internet tariffs. If the terms so far informally set by Ogero are respected, ISPs will soon be able to provide faster connections and consequently a wide range ...

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Abi Khalil poised to discuss electricity plan


Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil Tuesday expressed anticipation at discussing the electricity reform plan at Cabinet, set to meet later this week. “The electricity plan will be [discussed] at the Cabinet meeting,” he said following a Change and Reform bloc meeting. “We are committed to providing it to citizens at ...

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Cabinet meeting set to talk power

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Cabinet is set to meet Wednesday to discuss a long-waited electricity reform plan, including controversial proposals to rent two additional power barges that will be top of the 67-item agenda. Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil confirmed that the electricity reform plan would be discussed during the Cabinet session chaired by ...

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Trump calls Warmbier’s death a ‘total disgrace’

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President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the death of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier after his lengthy detention in North Korea was a “total disgrace,” and said if the college student had been returned home to the U.S. earlier, “I think the result would have been a lot different.” Trump said he ...

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Lightning kills at least 22 in Bangladesh


Lightning strikes have killed at least 22 people in Bangladesh in the last 48 hours, authorities said Tuesday, a week after monsoon rains triggered a series of deadly landslides in the country. The deaths came as storms swept the country Sunday and Monday, the head of the disaster management department ...

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Bassil, Shorter meet relatives of missing Grenfell family

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Relatives of a Lebanese family missing and feared dead after the Grenfell Tower fire in London met Tuesday with Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, according to a Foreign Ministry statement. The meeting was attended by Bassem Choucair’s parents and cousin, Mounir Choucair, as well as Haytham Jomaa, director-general for the Lebanese ...

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