The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to The Daily Star readers. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.
Public sector salaries talks halted
Al-Akhbar has learned that there were no behind-the-scenes talks in a bid to find a solution to civil servants’ salaries. The reason given was to avoid reaching a dead-end.
Prominent sources with the March 8 coalition told Al-Akhbar that the Future Movement would not go to Parliament because it aimed to reach a final settlement on the state budget issue and expenses since 2005 until now.
The Future Movement, according to the sources, wants the finance minister to do as his predecessors: no legal provisions authorizing spending.
Jumblatt and Berri about to achieve breakthrough in Cabinet, Parliament
Well-informed parliamentary sources told An-Nahar that Speaker Nabih Berri and MP Walid Jumblatt were on the verge of achieving double victory at Parliament and the Cabinet.
The sources said talks were ongoing to pave the way for an imminent parliamentary session to approve the necessary laws to pay civil servants’ salaries and issue eurobonds.
Jumblatt sponsors Amal-Future dialogue
MP Walid Jumblatt succeeded in launching a direct political dialogue between the Amal Movement and the Future Movement, as a result of efforts he had made during his recent meeting with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Paris.
Jumblatt told As-Safir that the "mediation" led to a meeting between his representative, Health Minister Wael Abu Faour; a political aide to Speaker Nabih Berri, Ali Hasan Khalil; and Future Movement official Nader Hariri.
Jumblatt said his initiative was based on his own belief that crises could only be solved through dialogue.
U.N. plans to settle 100,000 refugees in Lebanon
Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas has revealed a report he had received stating that the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees is preparing a plan to settle 100,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon and issue passports for them.
Derbas told Al-Liwaa he would address this issue at the Cabinet’s next meeting Thursday.
He said the government was not likely to approve the plan.