LATEST Lebanese News

Date: 30 - 31  October 2014


Ex-PM Hariri donated $20 million for reconstruction efforts in clashes-hit Tripoli and Bhannine.

National News Agency: A shell fired from Syria landed in the outskirts of the Lebanese town of al-Dabbabiyeh.

Families of captive servicemen: The prime minister put us in the picture of the current negotiations and he's awaiting the return of the Qatari envoy from Arsal.

Families of captive troops and policemen: We have decided to suspend our escalation until the return of the Qatari envoy (from Arsal) and we'll go back to to escalation if we don't sense tangible progress.

Families of captive servicemen: PM Salam did not give us any guarantees or positive indications.

LBCI: The meeting between the prime minister and the families of the captive servicemen ended a while ago.

MTV: Al-Nusra Front showed leniency in its demands, especially regarding the number of those it wants released.

MTV: The Qatari envoy started his meeting with the Islamic State group 10 minutes ago and talks are still underway.

Jreij: The Development and Construction Council was tasked with setting up power plants to tackle the gas emitted by the Naameh garbage dump.

Jreij: Ministers noted the poverty in some areas of Tripoli and Akkar. Cabinet therefore decided to dedicated LL30 billion to help these regions.

Jreij: Salam presented the results of the Berlin conference, where Lebanon presented its position on the Syrian refugees even though the aid to them was minimal.

Jreij: Salam highlighted the damage incurred in the city of Tripoli during the latest round of clashes.

Information Minister Ramzi Jreij after cabinet session: PM Salam reiterated at the start of the meeting the need to elect a president as soon as possible.

MTV: The meeting between the Qatari delegation and al-Nusra is still ongoing and the Syrian mediator said the main demand is still the prisoner exchange.

OTV: A delegation of the families of the Arsal captives is holding talks with PM Salam.

LBCI: The cabinet has approved LBP 30 billion in compensations for Bab al-Tabbaneh and Tripoli's old souks.

OTV: The cabinet adjourned discussions over the issue of waste disposal to next week.

Al-Jadeed: The finance ministry has finalized the transactions of the salaries of servicemen and General Security agents while measures related to other public administrations are still underway.

The Military Court received the detainee Ahmed Miqati and Saqr charged him as well as Othman, al-Ahmed and several fugitives with belonging to a terrorist group.

LBCI: The Qatari mediator has arrived in Arsal's outskirts.

Sources informed on case of captive troops to LBCI: The Qatari delegation made practical steps today in order to receive the demands of the abductors.

VDL (93.3): The Qatari delegation headed to Arsal's outskirts after it was escorted by a General Security team to the town.

The army arrested a man identified as B. F. as the Commando Regiment deployed in al-Buqaiaa and Wadi Khaled and raided some places in the area.

MTV: The Qatari delegation arrived in Arsal.

LBCI: The Qatari delegation, accompanied by General Security officers and a convoy of six aid trucks, headed to Arsal.

The families of captive servicemen granted the cabinet until 6:00 pm to brief them on the details of the case, warning of escalatory measures.

Beirut First Examining Magistrate Ghassan Oueidat issued an arrest warrant against the maid of Rakan family in the death of the child Celine.

MTV: The cabinet dedicated a financial grant to aid Tripoli after it was considered a disaster zone.

The ISF said it arrested one of the top robbery suspects in the Bekaa after he tried to escape from a police patrol in Brital.

Kataeb MP Sami Gemayel arrived in Bnashii for talks with Marada movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh.

NNA: An old grenade was found on the outskirts of Alma Zgharta. The military expert is defusing it.

LBCI: A decree to pay public sector salaries has been signed to be paid at the beginning of November.

VDL (93.3): The mother of captive soldier Khaled Moqbel attempted to set herself on fire in protest against the government's stalling.

Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim to NBN: We are waiting to receive the demands of the abductors and they are demanding to hand them over only to the Qatari negotiator.

NNA: Army chief Jean Qahwaji is inspecting army positions in Tripoli and Akkar.

Speaker Nabih Berri scheduled a parliament session for Wednesday to discuss projects and draft-laws on its agenda.

LBCI: ISF special panthers unit was brought it to guard the entrance of the Grand Serail.

The families of abducted servicemen: The zero hour for our escalation will start when the Qatari envoy returns from Arsal.

MTV: The relatives of the Arsal hostages calmed down after Salam promised to meet them following the cabinet session.

The Notre Dame University in Louaize suspended the student elections for the current academic year.

A cabinet session is underway at the Grand Serail under PM Tammam Salam.

LBCI: The St. Joseph University decided to suspend student elections for the 2014-2015 academic year.

VDL (93.3): The relatives of the Arsal hostages met to decide on their next step after Salam informed them that he could not meet them before the cabinet session.

VDL (93.3): The families of the captive servicemen are demanding to meet with PM Salam ahead of a cabinet session at the Grand Serail.

TMC: A man was injured in a collision between 5 vehicles on Monsef highway.

NNA: The army detained 13 suspects in raids in al-Dreeb town in Akkar.

VDL (93.3): Heavy deployment of security forces from Shekka to Qalamoun and Tripoli.

Minister Michel Pharaon to VDL (100.5): The priority should remain for the presidential elections, the extension of the parliament's tenure and the security developments.

The EDL committee denied reports saying that a quarrel occurred between protesters in Mar Mikhael.

VDL (93.3): Army helicopters overflew Tripoli, Bhannine and Akkar at low altitude.

MP Joseph al-Maalouf to Free Lebanon radio: We hope that Hizbullah and the FPM would awaken their conscience over the presidential crisis.

NNA: EDL contract workers clashed with sticks and knives near the site of their protest in Mar Mikhael.

MP Assem Araji to VDL (93.3): We should resort to resolution 1701 and the UNIFIL to safeguard our eastern border.

MP Antoine Zahra to Radio Orient: The parliament's extension session will not lack quorum. All Christian MPs, that are not affiliated to the FPM, will attend.

ISF arrested 92 people for committing different crimes across Lebanon.

EDL contract workers set tires on fire near New Royal tower in Mar Mikhael.

Father of abducted soldier Mohammed Youssef to VDL (100.5): The Nusra Front informed us that Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim is obstructing the release of our sons.


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