A man walking past a newspaper stand in Beirut's Hamra neighborhood, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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As-Safir newspaper announced Wednesday that the company would terminate operations by the end of March due to financial difficulties, bringing an end to one of the country's most prominent publications.When contacted by The Daily Star, Salman refused to comment on the matter, noting that he would explain everything during a news conference next Wednesday.As-Safir had been a stalwart of Lebanese news, and has been in print for more than 40 years. The daily paper is headquartered in Beirut and has 140 employees on staff. They received the bad news from Salman Wednesday. The source said the paper ran into financial difficulties five years ago.The source said that As-Safir's administration might plan to relaunch the website within a three-month period.
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