Diab Says to Propose Early Elections, Ready to Stay in Post for 2 Months

http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274027-diab-says-to-propose-early-elections-ready-to-stay-in-post-for-2-monthsPrime Minister Hassan Diab said Saturday he will introduce a draft bill proposing early elections for the crisis-stricken country. In a televised speech, Diab called on all political parties to put their disagreements aside and work together.

Kataeb Bloc, Paula Yaacoubian Resign from Parliament

http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274023-kataeb-bloc-paula-yaacoubian-resign-from-parliamentKataeb party chief MP Sami Gemayel announced on Saturday that his parliamentary bloc decided to resign from parliament following the devastating blast in Beirut. Gemayel made the announcement during the memorial service of Kataeb’s Secretary-General Nazar Najarian who died in… [Read more]

Turkey Offers Help Rebuilding Ruined Beirut Port

http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274018-turkey-offers-help-rebuilding-ruined-beirut-portTurkey’s Vice President Fuat Oktay says Ankara is ready to help Lebanon rebuild Beirut’s port and send ambulance planes to evacuate some of the wounded for treatment in Turkish hospitals. Oktay spoke on Saturday to reporters after meeting Lebanese President… [Read more]

Abul Gheit: Will Mobilize Arab Assistance for Lebanon after Beirut Blast

http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274017-abul-gheit-will-mobilize-arab-assistance-for-lebanon-after-beirut-blast Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Abul Gheit arrived in Beirut on Saturday in a show of solidarity and to discuss assistance for Lebanon after the devastating mega-blast in Beirut that left many dead and tens of families homeless.

Officials Long Warned of Explosive Chemicals at Beirut Port

http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274015-officials-long-warned-of-explosive-chemicals-at-beirut-portAt least 10 times over the past six years, authorities from Lebanon’s customs, military, security agencies and judiciary raised alarm that a massive stockpile of explosive chemicals was being kept with almost no safeguard at the port in the heart… [Read more]

Nasrallah Denies Storing Arms at Beirut Port, Calls for Benefiting from Int’l Support

http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274009-nasrallah-denies-storing-arms-at-beirut-port-calls-for-benefiting-from-int-l-support Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday categorically and strongly denied the presence of any arms or ammonium nitrate belonging to Hizbullah at the site of the deadly mega-blast that rocked Beirut’s port and devastated parts of the capital.

Aoun Argues against Int’l Probe in Port Blast, Vows Accountability, Truth

http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274008-aoun-argues-against-int-l-probe-in-port-blast-vows-accountability-truth President Michel Aoun on Friday said calls for an international probe into the catastrophic blast that rocked Beirut’s port are aimed at “distorting the truth,” as he said the disaster was caused by either negligence or an attack.

Lebanon Ambassador to Jordan Tracy Chamoun Resigns over Govt ‘Negligence’

http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/274002-lebanon-ambassador-to-jordan-tracy-chamoun-resigns-over-govt-negligenceLebanon’s ambassador to Jordan Thursday announced her resignation, following a cataclysmic blast that ravaged central Beirut, saying ‘total negligence’ by the country’s authorities signalled the need for a leadership change. It is the second resignation by a Lebanese official since… [Read more]