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.
Plumbly warns Salam of consequences if south Lebanon situation not resolved
An-Nahar has learned that U.N. Special Coordinator Derek Plumbly has warned Prime Minister Tammam Salam of the consequences if rocket attacks into Israel continue.
Plumbly urged the Lebanese government to take all the necessary measures to stop these attacks.
No breakthrough in public servants’ salaries issue
Ministerial sources told Al-Joumhouria that no breakthrough had yet been reached in efforts to resolve the pay of public servants.
The sources denied reaching a solution whereby Acting Finance Minister Alain Hakim would sign off paying the salaries.
New Hariri-Aoun deal on presidential election
Well-informed sources told Al-Akhbar that a flurry of renewed negotiations resumed between former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun in a bid to revive the stalled presidential election on new rules.
Sources close to Hariri spoke of new ideas to break the presidential deadlock.
They said electing Aoun for a two-year term, after a constitutional amendment has been ratified, was one proposal suggested by Hariri.
Under the proposal, Aoun would name a new commander for the Lebanese Army and a new government would be formed that would take into account the interests of the Future Movement, in addition to considering a well-balanced electoral law.
Turkey to pump 100,000 liters of water to Lebanon per day
Sources told Al-Liwaa that negotiations with Turkey have gone a long way toward pumping about 100,000 liters of water per day to the Dbayyeh station, to be distributed all over Lebanon, to meet the growing water needs.
The source added that the Beirut and Mount Lebanon Water Authority, in coordination with the Energy Ministry and water departments across Lebanon, would pay the cost of the Turkish water, estimated at $3 million a month.