The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to Daily Star readers. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.
Efforts underway to solve salary payments crisis
An-Nahar has learned that serious efforts are underway to find an exit to the crisis over salary payments for civil servants before the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
The solution being mulled calls for salaries to be paid from the treasury reserves, while Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil would pull the draft law to allocate LL1.5 billion to cover the salaries.
Muslim Scholars haven’t visited Machnouk since Sabbagh’s arrest
Sources close to Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk denied media reports that Machnouk had promised a delegation of Muslim Scholars to secure the release of Sheikh Hussam al-Sabbagh within 48 hours.
The sources, speaking to Al-Mustaqbal, said Machnouk has not met anyone from the Muslim Scholars Committee since Sabbagh’s arrest Sunday.
Nasrallah speech to focus on Gaza
Al-Joumhouria has learned that Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah’s speech scheduled for Friday will focus on the Palestinian cause and the fast-moving developments in the Gaza Strip, including global and Arab efforts to halt the Israeli offensive.
Separately, efforts by Health Minister Wael Abu Faour failed to restart talks between Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil and Future Movement official Nader Hariri, well-informed sources told AL-Joumhouria.
The sources said Abu Faour has informed Prime Minister Tammam Salam of the tense atmosphere between the Amal and the Future movements.
LU issue near end
Ministerial sources from various parts of the political spectrum told Al-Akhbar that a solution may be imminent for the Lebanese University crisis.
A prominent minister told Al-Akhbar that Cabinet members had agreed that the LU issue should be settled.