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Bassil calls for 12 electoral rounds over three days

Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil has noted that he is “not carrying out an initiative, but rather an effort to finalize the presidential juncture.”

“We agree with Speaker Nabih Berri that the priority is for consensus over a president prior to the election, which would give a success chance to the new presidential tenure, contrary to the approach of confrontation,” Bassil said at a press conference that he held to announce the outcome of his meetings.

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Vatican Secretary of State to visit Lebanon next week

Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Parolin is visiting Lebanon next week, after he met at the Vatican last week with French Presidential Envoy Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Parolin and Le Drian discussed the situation in Lebanon, the presidential crisis, and the results of the Quintet's efforts, media reports said.

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Mikati urges world to stop Israel's 'terrorist aggression'

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Friday condemned “the continuation of the Israeli attacks on the south and the deliberate killing of its people.”

During a Cabinet session, Mikati also decried “the destruction of towns and the burning of crops,” calling on the international community to “put an end to the destructive and terrorist aggression.”

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Hezbollah shells Kiryat Shmona, Kfar Szold in response to Janata strike

Hezbollah attacked Friday Kiryat Shmona and Kfar Szold with dozens of rockets, in response to an overnight strike that killed 2 women and injured several civilians in south Lebanon.

Sirens sounded on Friday morning in northern Israel, and police said munitions had fallen in the Kiryat Shmona area, with no immediate sign of victims.

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Two women killed in Israeli strike on Janata

Two civilians were killed and at least seven others injured in an Israeli nighttime strike on southern Lebanon, the country's national news agency reported on Friday.

Enemy warplanes launched a raid targeting a three-story house in the town of Janata in the Tyre district, killing a woman, Sally Skaiki, and injuring seven other civilians, the agency said.

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Israel vows to respond 'with force' to Hezbollah 'aggressions'

Israel vowed to respond forcefully to all Hezbollah attacks after the group fired a barrage of rockets and drones across the border for the second successive day on Thursday.

"Israel will respond with force to all aggressions by Hezbollah," Israeli government spokesman David Mencer said during a press briefing, adding that "whether through diplomatic efforts or otherwise, Israel will restore security on our northern border."

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Bassil wraps up presidential talks by meeting Raad

Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil on Thursday wrapped up his presidential consultative tour by meeting with the head of Hezbollah’s parliamentary bloc, MP Mohammad Raad.

An FPM statement said the two men “discussed the stances of the parties on the call for consultations on the basis of agreeing on a presidential candidate or going to a presidential election.”

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Iraqi FM warns against expanding war on Lebanon

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein on Thursday warned against any major Israeli attack on south Lebanon.

“I discussed with my Iranian counterpart the dangerous signals about the possibility of an attack on south Lebanon and the expansion of the war’s geography,” Hussein said after meeting acting Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani.

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Report: Israel hasn't decided to launch major strike on Hezbollah

Israeli army officials have told Israeli newspaper Haaretz that the Israeli government “has not decided yet whether to launch an extensive military strike on Hezbollah in Lebanon.”

Israel will however “continue to carry out targeted killings and strikes on the group's senior commanders and central compounds,” the officials added.

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USAID celebrates achievements of its Community Support Program in Lebanon

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrated Thursday at Notre Dame University-Louaize the impact of its Community Support Program (CSP), which has provided local development assistance to more than 746,000 people across 180 communities in Lebanon over six years (2018-2024).

"This support comes as local municipalities and communities are bearing a particularly heavy toll in trying to provide much-needed public services like water and household electricity against the backdrop of Lebanon’s deepening economic crisis," USAID said in a statement.

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