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Lebanon's Arabic press digest – May 13, 2014

Lebanon's Arabic press digest.

The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to The Daily Star's readers. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.

As-Safir

Deformed pay hike angers victims

A meeting held Monday between Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil and the parliamentary committee tasked with studying the controversial pay raise brought views closer with regards to the sources of funding.

Khalil, however, outright rejected a proposed tax hike that would increase the burden on citizens.

Participants differed on expenses, especially in light of the cuts that affected retired teachers and military personnel.

Ad-Diyar

Bassil to Riyadh

A meeting is likely to be held between former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, who left for Riyadh to take part in an economic conference.

Bassil is also likely to discuss the presidential election with Saudi officials.

Al-Mustaqbal

Israeli violations go too far as Syrian regime targets citizens in the north

Breakthrough in pay hike

Israel violated Lebanese sovereignty after it crossed the Blue Line into Ras Naqoura and entered 20 meters into Lebanese territorial waters, while the Syrian regime also violated Lebanese sovereignty after government forces targeted the northern border region of Wadi Khaled, critically wounding two Lebanese citizens.

Meanwhile, sources in the salary scale parliamentary committee told Al-Mustaqbal that the committee agreed to changes made to the salary scale during Monday’s meeting with Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil.

The sources said Khalil was generally satisfied with the modifications.

 

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Summary

A meeting held Monday between Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil and the parliamentary committee tasked with studying the controversial pay raise brought views closer with regards to the sources of funding.

Israel violated Lebanese sovereignty after it crossed the Blue Line into Ras Naqoura and entered 20 meters into Lebanese territorial waters, while the Syrian regime also violated Lebanese sovereignty after government forces targeted the northern border region of Wadi Khaled, critically wounding two Lebanese citizens.

Meanwhile, sources in the salary scale parliamentary committee told Al-Mustaqbal that the committee agreed to changes made to the salary scale during Monday's meeting with Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil.


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