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Atallah urges Hariri to adopt unified norms on Cabinet

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MP George Atallah urged Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri to adopt a unified standard based on the results of the recent parliamentary elections in the formation of the new government.Atallah, whose words came during an interview to "Radio Liban" Station, linked the delay in forming a new government to "external" factors.Finally, the lawmaker urged political counterparts to give top priority to economic and social concerns that facilitate people's affairs.Source: National News Agency

A hideout of elements of the Daesh organization inside it a drone plane seized in the city of Mosul

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BAGHDAD, The Military intelligence seized a hideout of Daesh elements and inside it a drone plane in the city of Mosul.A statement issued by the Security Information Center said that "the detachments of the Military Intelligence Directorate in the 16th Brigade carried out a qualitative security operation following accurate intelligence. They managed to reach a terrorist hideout and seized inside it a drone plane which was used by the Daesh elements in the village of Tel Tiba, South of Mosul.Source: National Iraqi News Agency

A security operation carried out to pursue the remnants of Daesh northeast of Baquba

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Baquba, A security force carried out an operation to pursue the remnants of Daesh northeast of Baquba, the center of Diyala province.A security source said that the force of the Diyala police carried out a security operation in the district of Jalawlaa northeast of Baquba, including the inspection of areas and villages of the bridge of Helwan and the village of Al-Maadan and Zour."He added that the operation comes within the strategy of the Operations Command to pursue the remnants of the Daesh terrorists gangs and the sleeper cells and secure the region." Source: National Iraqi News Agency

President of the Republic receives honorary doctorate from Notre Dame University Louaize: Beware of confusing between differences and hostility, a political adversary is not an enemy but a partner in the homeland

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President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, confirmed Saturday his belief that "radical changes in societies can only be achieved by the youth, especially the students," adding that "it is necessary to prepare the generations, enrich their political culture and their ability to conduct dialogue, debate and logical argument, and develop their sense of criticism." "Beware of confusing between differences and hostility, for a political adversary is not an enemy but a partner in the nation," said Aoun, adding that political competition and opinion differences are healthy and necessary for democratic life. The President hoped that with the near birth of a new government, a new phase of work and serious national production would begin so as to overcome the past political and economic burdens and cat...

Zeaiter discusses banana exports with Syrian Economy Minister

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Caretaker Agriculture Minister, Ghazi Zeaiter, pursued on Friday his visit to Damascus, as part of an official invitation to participate in the 60th Damascus International Fair.Minister Zeaiter met with Syrian Trade and Economy Minister, Dr Samer al-Khalil, with whom he discussed means to enhance economic and agricultural relations between the two countries.Discussions also covered the issue of the export of Lebanon's bananas to Syria.Zeaiter extended an invitation to the Syrian Economy Minister to visit Lebanon, underlining the depth of relations between the two countries.Source: National News Agency

Iraq, Iran Agree To Open Khosravi Border Crossing During The Arbaeen Visit

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Baghdad, The governor of Kermanshah, Hoshenk Basund announced that Iran and Iraq agreed to open Khosravi border crossing during the next al-Arbaeen visit."The two sides agreed to conclude a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to reopen the Khosravi border crossing," Basund said, adding, "the memorandum was signed during the visit of the Iranian interior minister who arrived in Iraq yesterday to discuss border security and facilitate the entry and exit of Iranian visitors at Arbaeen visit. "He stressed that the two sides "signed a memorandum of understanding on the Arbaeen visit," noting that" the most important items of the memorandum is to reopen the crossing, "Khosravi" in front of visitors"He concluded, "The Khosravi crossing, in terms of infrastructure, is fully equipped to receive visit...

Aoun discusses bilateral ties with Chinese delegation, tackles developments with Baabda interlocutors

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Baabda Palace witnessed on Thursday a series of meetings touching on local, regional and international issues.Amongst Baabda visitors had been a Chinese delegation headed by Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Vice Chiarperson, Chen Xiaoguang, who visited him in the company of Chinese Ambassador to Lebanon, Wang Kejian. The meeting reportedly broached the best means to bolster Lebanese-Chinese relations.Welcoming his visiting Chinese delegation, Aoun stressed that Lebanon's intellectual relationship with China dated back to many years, not to mention the commercial relations between both countries that dated back to the year 1954."China is on the top of the list of countries from which Lebanon imports products," Aoun said, hoping that China would follow suit importin...

Wednesday Gathering: Berri pushes for concessions to facilitate cabinet formation

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Speaker of the House, Nabih Berri, said on Wednesday that all the Lebanese political parties were called forth to make concessions in a bid to facilitate the formation of the lengthily awaited cabinet.Berri's fresh stance came during the weekly Wednesday Gathering meeting, during which the House Speaker also sounded the alarm on the dire economic situation in Lebanon.This fact ought not to be ignored, especially that Lebanon is different from Iran and Turkey, Berri warned.Moreover, the House Speaker said that Israel was stepping up its oil activities near the Lebanese border, particularly in "Karich" oil field. Israel has signed a contract with a Greek company to launch drilling on this site as of March 2019, he explained.Consequently, Berri stressed that the Lebanese state must act quick...

Reports about the killing of the Wali of Kirkuk of Daesh in strikes by the international coalition

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KIRKUK, A security source said that the International Coalition aircraft hit targets of Daesh elements in the mountains of Hamrin south of Kirkuk.The source said that there is preliminary information about the killing of seven terrorists, including the terrorist (Khamis - Abu Janna), who was known as the governor /Wali/ of Kirkuk in Daesh." Source: National Iraqi News Agency