LATEST Lebanese News

Date: 18 - 19 September 2014


Jreij: The cabinet approved the Higher Relief Committee's request on paying compensations to those affected by the Tripoli clashes from 2011 until 2013.

Jreij: The cabinet said the decree on revising and slashing internet fees is still in effect, asking the telecom minister to turn his suggestions to improve the sector into a draft decree that would be submitted to the cabinet for legalization.

Jreij: Bassil briefed the cabinet on the Jeddah and Paris meetings and the decisions taken there regarding the Lebanese state. He also explained that Lebanon is keen to support the international campaign against terrorism and to dissociate itself from the policies of axes.

Information Minister Jreij after cabinet session: The cabinet has decided to hold a session soon to discuss the issue of Syrian refugees in light of the report that will be submitted by the specialized ministerial panel.

OTV: The cabinet has agreed to carve out a new road linking Roumieh to Beit Mery.

Traffic Management Center: Residents blocked the road with burning tires in Barbir in protest at power cuts.

LBCI: The decrees on the cabinet's agenda have been signed.

Ministerial sources to LBCI: The issue of the signatures needed for the decrees has been resolved following a mediation by Qazzi and Fneish, and all decrees will be signed.

National News Agency: The army raided a Syrian refugee encampent in the Akkar town of al-Qarqaf where it arrested a Syrian man from the Sharrouf family.

MTV: Arsal's municipality is preparing a list containing the names of residents who own property in the mountainous areas in order to give it to the army so that it allows owners of stone crushing plants to practice their profession.

National News Agency: The Israeli army continued fortifying its military posts along the border with Lebanon facing the Adaisseh-Kfarkila road.

NNA: Two Syrians were arrested, while a third managed to escape, as they attempted to smuggle drugs in a rented vehicle in Kfar Rumman.

Interior Minister Mashnouq to MTV: Intensive contacts prompted the IS to agree, in principle, to postpone its threat to kill one of the soldiers.

The cabinet session got underway at the Grand Serail.

LF chief Samir Geagea: I reject some proposals that MP Michel Aoun assume the presidency for a year or two because I oppose meddling with the presidential term and I don't believe he is a suitable president for Lebanon.

Industry Minister Hajj Hassan ahead of cabinet session: This is not the time for political disputes but rather for national solidarity.

Al-Ayyoubi: We'll continue knocking the doors of all parties who can contribute to resolving the case of our sons.

Al-Ayyoubi: We said that the abductors have a feeling that the negotiations have ground to a halt, but the arrival of the Qatari envoy can revive the talks. The main principle is stopping the death threats permanently so that the government can continue negotiating.

Ahmed al-Ayyoubi on behalf of abducted troops' families: We'll keep mobilizing towards the government and towards the parties that are detaining our sons. Any harm against them does not serve the goals of the kidnappers.

Families of abducted troops: Salam told us that the negotiations have not stopped and that the demands received by the government need some time.

MTV: A Qatari envoy will visit Lebanon on Friday to discuss the case of the abductees.

ISF chief Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Basbous discussed with the Italian Ambassador the country's security situation.

Education Minister Bou Saab discussed with U.S. Ambassador David Hale educational assistance to Syrian refugees.

VDL (93.3): Ulema Hani Fahs's funeral procession will be held at 3 pm on Friday in his hometown Jebshit in Nabatiyeh.

VDL (93.3): PM Salam is holding talks with General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim on the case of abducted soldiers and policemen.

VDL (93.3): The suspicious car in al-Tebbaneh didn't contain any explosives.

The families of soldiers and policemen kidnapped by jihadists held a protest near the Grand Serail.

VDL (93.3): The army blocked the road near al-Tebbaneh bridge after suspecting a white car parked on the side of the road.

A state security unit detained two Syrians in Nabatiyeh for the possession of drugs.

MP Fouad Saniora held talks with the Turkish Ambassador and the U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon.

Environment Minister Mohammed al-Mashnouq after meeting the new Mufti at Dar al-Fatwa: We absolutely reject blackmail in the case of the soldiers and policemen taken captive by jihadists.

LBCI: PM Salam pledged to grant the relatives of the families of Lebanese nationals missing in Syria the investigation files no longer than Monday.

Gemayel: We are thinking with Jumblat about certain steps to preserve the institutions, including the army.

Gemayel: We care about providing the minimum level of services to citizens. We should preserve state institutions and consolidate them.

Gemayel: We had similar viewpoints in finding modest solutions to problems that we are suffering from.

Jumblat: It's important to have presidential elections but it seems there are factors outside the local equations. The extension of parliament's term has its damages but we should preserve state institutions.

Jumblat after meeting Gemayel: We hope for a modest initiative to back institutions, mainly the army, and those that preserve the state and the Republic.

VDL (93.3): The families of Lebanese nationals missing in Syria held a sit-in near the Grand Serail.

MTV: State security arrested a gang that promotes counterfeit currency in Zuqaq al-Blat in Beirut.

VDL (100.5): A meeting is underway between PSP leader MP Walid Jumblat and Kataeb Party leader Amin Gemayel in Bikfaya.

MP Qassem Hashem to Free Lebanon radio: There is no political deal on the extension of parliament's term.

Ulema Hani Fahs has died after a long battle with illness

TMC: One person was injured in a collision between two cars on the Sayyad highway.

MP Salim Salhab o VDL (93.3): The meeting between Jumblat and Aoun focused on the security situation. The presidential elections were a secondary issue.

ISF arrested 51 people for committing different crimes across Lebanon.

MP Ghazi al-Aridi to VDL (100.5): The presidential elections are a priority because they revive state institutions.

MP Samir al-Jisr to VDL (100.5): We welcome any initiative and any meeting that pushes for the presidential elections.

NNA: The Israeli army fired at dawn flares over Mount Hermon amid heavy overflights.


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