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.
$4 billion annual bill from private generators
Here comes the cloud of darkness, bringing with it sad news of darkness, blamed on the corrupted political class and the poor management of the electricity sector.
Meanwhile, the Lebanese are spending more than $4 billion annually, including $2 billion just in the capital, to pay the bill for private generator power, not to mention the $2 billion and the more than $100 million annually, due to the deficit in the electricity sector.
March 14 launches new initiative
An-Nahar has learned that the March 14 coalition held a nighttime meeting on the eve of an 11th parliamentary session to elect a new president for Lebanon Tuesday.
March 14 is expected to launch a new initiative on the stalled presidential election after having conducted talks to be followed by similar contacts to work toward implementation.
March 14 sources remained hush-hush on the plan, saying the “new initiative" would be made public Tuesday.
Lebanon dossier between Paris and Riyadh
Bolstering the Lebanese Army’s capabilities to fight terrorism is expected to be on the agenda as part of talks between Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz and French President Francois Hollande.
Meanwhile, the French presidency announced Monday evening after a meeting in Paris between Hollande and Abdul-Aziz that the two countries are in the process of "finalizing" an arms deal to supply the Lebanese Army with weapons from France worth $3 billion.