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December 1 
 PM Tamam Salam meets his Belgian counterpart and a number of European Union officials in Belgium and signs agreements worth 135 million Euros.
 Families of the kidnapped soldiers and policemen burn tires at night in Downtown, Beirut.
 Minister of Finance Ali Hassan Khalil announces during a press conference that he has referred 55 employees from the real estate departments of his ministry to the financial public prosecutor.
 Poet Said Akl laid to rest in a coffin designed and carved by sculptor Roudy Rahme in the Issam Fares Hall at Notre Dame University.
 The Daily Telegraph reports that British Forces are assisting the Lebanese Army in monitoring Syrian militants at the border with Syria near Ras Baalbeck in order to prevent their infiltration into Lebanon. A Lebanese military source acknowledges Britain’s delivery of technical assistance.
 As-Safir reports that the Lebanese Army has arrested the wife of the Islamic State’s leader Abou Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
 
December 2
 Six Lebanese Army members die in an ambush set up by a terrorist group against an army patrol in the outskirts of Ras Baalbeck.
 The General Security assures that the Free Syrian Army Colonel Abdullah Rifai is still under arrest and was not freed in exchange for a Hezbollah fighter.
 Political figures, including foremost former presidents of the Republic, Amine Gemayel and Michel Suleiman and General Michel Aoun, attend poet Said Akl’s funeral service in Downtown, Beirut. His body was transferred to Zahle after a mass led by Maronite Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rai.
 British Ambassador to Lebanon Thomas Fletcher reassures after meeting Speaker Nabih Berri that Britain is assisting the Lebanese Army in training and building watchtowers at the Lebanese-Syrian border line.
 Iraqi Vice President Nouri Al-Maliki meets Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah after having met Speaker Nabih Berri. 
 
December 3 
 A Lebanese Army explosives expert dies while attempting to dismantle a bomb targeting the army in the outskirts of Ersal.
 The monthly statement issued by Maronite bishops calls for resolving the negotiation over the kidnapped soldiers and policemen and urges the implementation of the security plan nationwide.
 Minister of Public Health Wael Abou Faour unveils another list of non-conforming restaurants and shops and brings Beirut’s slaughterhouse under scrutiny, saying it is no coincidence that 19 of its employees have died of cancer. 
 Minister of the Interior and Municipalities Nouhad Mashnouq reveals that Soja Doulaimi is an ex-wife of Al-Baghdadi and Iraq denies the claims.
 Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Gebran Bassil participates in the meetings of the International Coalition against ISIS in Belgium after eliminating the clause over the support of the Syrian opposition.
 The committee tasked with devising a new electoral law resumes its meetings after the return of MP Marwan Hamadeh.
 Minister of Justice Ashraf Rifi voices his objection to arresting women and children. His statement comes after the Lebanese Army has arrested the wives of a number of Syrian militants fighting the Army in the outskirts of Ersal. 
 
December 4 
 The Qatari envoy mediating to end the hostage crisis returns to Qatar after his meetings at the General Security in Beirut.
 The Cabinet convenes at the Gradn Serail and approves a number of non-contentious clauses. The discussion covers various topics including the hostage crisis, the Naameh landfill scheduled to close on January 17, 2015, amidst the absence of an alternative for the time being and the World Food Program’s suspension of the food vouchers given to refugees in Lebanon.
 Head of the Independence Movement Michel Mouawad says during the ceremony held in Jounieh on the 25th anniversary of martyrdom of Renée Mouawad that the dialogue has only a numbing effect and the solution remains by adhering to the Baabda Declaration. 
 A number of politicians and officials, including PM Tamam Salam, visit former PM Omar Karami at the American University Hospital.
 
December 5
 The An-Nusra Front kills captive Ali Al-Bazzal and their commander Abou Ali Shishani threatens that his group will target the Shia’a and the wives of Lebanese Army soldiers if the Lebanese state failed to free his detained wife and the wives of his fighters.
 Military manifestations and kidnappings break out in the town of Al-Bzaliyeh after an announcement that soldier Ali Al-Bazzal has been killed.
 Russian President’s Special Representative for the Middle East Mikhail Bogdanov arrives in Beirut and visits Lebanese officials, reiterating his country’s support for Lebanon and noting, after meeting the former President Michel Suleiman, that the Baabda Declaration is fit to apply to the rest of the region.
 A political and administrative agreement results in suspending the protest of EDL’s daily workers and reopening the institution after 117 days of closure. The agreement, sponsored by Minister of Agriculture Akram Chehayeb, stipulates holding an examination by the Civil Service Board after which those candidates who pass shall be awarded permanent status. 
 
December 6 
 The cell governing the hostage crisis convenes at the residence of PM Tamam Salam with no results transpiring from its meeting. 
 Gunmen from Al-Bazzal family protest at the killing of their family member by blocking the road to Al-Bzaliyeh.
 “We cannot keep the presidential seat vacant. You either need to head for Parliament or we will have to sit together and sort things out”, says Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea to Aoun during a dinner held by the party in Beirut.
 
December 7 
 An official Qatari statement reveals that Qatar has ceased its mediation efforts after the execution of the policeman Ali Al-Bazzal.
 The Muslim Scholars Committee activates its initiative to free the hostages by calling for both to end the killing and releasing the women detained by the Lebanese Army.
 Delegations from different towns offer condolences in the town of Al-Bzaliyeh over the death of the policeman Ali Al-Bazzal.
Israel plants spying devices in the farms at Sheba’a.
 
December 8 
 A delegation of the Muslim Scholars Committee visits Grand Mufti Abdul Latif Deryan and the head of the committee, Sheikh Salem Rafei, says that the government should formally delegate the committee to carry out mediation in the case of the captives, stressing that women should not be detained on grounds that their husbands are wanted for justice.
 Shelling the town of Ersal leaves three people dead and conflicting information arises regarding the perpetrators of the attack with some blaming it on the Lebanese Army and others on Syrian air raids.
 A bomb planted in a car in Ersal belonging to a man wanted by the Lebanese authorities on charges of smuggling weapons.
 The French Foreign Ministry’s envoy to Lebanon François Giroux visits Lebanese officials to discuss the status quo, particularly the presidential vacuum, which, according to him, worries France. 
 The Special Tribunal for Lebanon continues to hear the testimony of MP Marwan Hamadeh who speaks of the threats and warnings that Hariri received, accusing the Syrian intelligence of putting pressure to thwart investigation into his own assassination attempt.
 
December 9 
 MP Walid Jumblat visits the families of the captives protesting in Downtown, Beirut, and emphasizes his support for a swap to release the captives.
 A delegation of the Muslim Scholars Committee visits Lebanese officials to discuss the mediation mechanism to release the captives.
 High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, assures during her meeting with Lebanese officials that the European Union will stand by Lebanon to help it overcome its crisis and elect a President of the Republic.
 Josephine Kallab, the mother of the former president Michel Suleiman, dies at the age of 88.
 The Special Tribunal for Lebanon decides to summon MP Walid Jumblat and journalist Ali Hamadeh to testify in the Rafik Hariri case.
 A number of heads of municipalities meet at the residence of the MP Michel Aoun to claim their share of the mobile phone revenues.
 The military judiciary issues an arrest warrant against an Iraqi woman Soja 
 Doulaimi and her Palestinian husband. 
 
December 10
 Speaker Nabih Berri adjourns the session scheduled to elect a new president until January 7, 2015 due to lack of quorum.
 The Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea announces his readiness to visit General Michel Aoun at his residence in Rabieh if there is a serious suggestion to surmount the presidential impasse. 
 PM Tamam Salam arrives in France for an official visit and reveals that France will finalize the arms deal on December 13. 
 Former PM Saad Hariri urges on Twitter for a solution in the hostage crisis and states that the ongoing siege on Ersal is unacceptable.
 
December 11
 PM Tamam Salam continues his official visit to France and heads to the French  National Assembly, announcing that the Lebanese Army will start receiving the military equipment it needs in the next few weeks.
 Minister of Information Ramsey Jreij requests the media to abide by the law while covering the news of the kidnapped soldiers and policemen. 
 A member of the Resistance Brigades exchanges fire with members from the Intelligence Branch in the Taameer area of Ain El-Helweh.
 Al-Jadeed news crew comes under the attack from MP Nicolas Fattouch’s bodyguards while filming the site of a planned cement factory belonging to the brother of Fattouch.
 Speaker Nabih Berri confirms the statements made by the Minister of Energy and Water regarding the Israeli attempts to steal Lebanon’s oil.
 
December 12
 PM Tamam Salam meets French President Francois Hollande who, according to Salam, has provided instructions to accelerate the delivery of weapons to the Lebanese Army.
 Investigations with Desert Petroleum, a company providing the Internal Security Forces and the Rafik Hariri University Hospital with fuel oil, starts after claims accusing the firm of defrauding the state and manipulating the quantity of petroleum products.
 Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov arrives in Lebanon after his trip to Syria and meets Lebanese officials.
 Matthew Spence who was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East stresses after his trip to Lebanon on the long-term security partnership between Lebanon and the US.

 The Lebanese Army arrests Jaafar Al-Shahhal, son of the Salafist Movement founder Sheikh Dai Al-Islam Al-Shahhal in north Lebanon on security grounds and Sheikh Shahhal views the arrest as vexatious. 

December 13 
 A delegation of the families of the kidnapped soldiers and policemen visits MP Walid Jumblat and designates him to speak in its name in the negotiations to be held to release the captives.
 Head of the Phalanges Party, Amine Gemayel, visits Marjeyoun to inaugurate the party’s bureau in the area. Minister of Finance Ali Hassan Khalil hosts a lunch at his residence bringing together all the prominent figures of the area, including MP Ali Fayad, to honor Gemayel. In his speech, Gemayel lauds the resistance for liberating South Lebanon in 2000. 

December 14 
 Delegations stand in solidarity with the families of the captives in Riad Solh Square and the mother of martyr Ali Al-Bazzal calls on the crowd to allow the Free Patriotic Movement MP Naji Gharios to give the speech. 
 An-Nusra Front tasks Sheikh Wissam Al-Masri with carrying out the negotiations with the Lebanese state.
 The Lebanese Army releases Sheikh Hossam al-Ghali on parole after having arrested him on an army checkpoint as he was heading to the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Ersal along with four Syrian gunmen, one of whom one was carrying an explosive belt. Ghali was reportedly seeking to hold talks with the kidnappers of the Lebanese soldiers and policemen, upon instructions from a Lebanese security apparatus. 
 The Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea arrives in Saudi Arabia on an official visit.

December 15 
 Families of the kidnapped soldiers and policemen burn tires in front of the Grand Serail following statements by the Islamic State threatening to execute the troops. The families later visit the former President Amine Gemayel. 
 The Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea meets Crown Prince Moqren Bin Abdul Aziz in Saudi Arabia and commends the Saudi support of Lebanon. 
 Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Jan Eliasson arrives in Lebanon to participate in the launch of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan at the Grand Serail and stresses that “Lebanon should not pay a disproportionate price for another country’s conflict.” 
 The Special Tribunal for Lebanon adjourns its sessions until January 5, 2015. 
 Beirut’s Investigative Judge issues an indictment in the lawsuit filed by MP Walid Jumblat, preventing the trial of Bahij Abou Hamzeh for lack of evidence.

December 16
 The Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea continues his visit to Saudi Arabia and meets former PM Saad Hariri and a number of Saudi officials including the head of the Saudi Intelligence and Prince Moutaib Bin Abdullah. The Lebanese embassy in KSA hosts a reception ceremony in his honor.
 The Lebanese Forces party suspends its participation in the work of the committee tasked with preparing a new electoral law until a plenary session is scheduled to vote on the law.
 Minister of the Interior and Municipalities Nouhad Mashnouq denies the claims attributed to him, suggesting that the captives should be considered war martyrs and the case should be closed. 

December 17
 Speaker Nabih Berri quoted as saying that no electoral law will be approved before the election of a new president, for he should also have a say in it.  Berri adds that the dialogue between Hezbollah and the Future Movement will take place between Christmas and the New Year. 
 Families of the kidnapped soldiers and policemen visit General Michel Aoun who stresses that the release of the captives comes at a price and that he is not against swapping them with Islamist detainees in Roumieh as long as it is within the law.
 Minister of Finance Ali Hassan Khalil heads to the Justice Palace and hands the officials a number of files exposing the theft of communal pieces of land altogether stretching across 93 million square meters in several Lebanese towns.
 A number of Future Movement leaders including former PM Fouad Seniora, Minister Nouhad Mashnouq and Nader Hariri, leave for Riyadh to meet former PM Saad Hariri and discuss the anticipated dialogue with Hezbollah.

December 18 
 The Cabinet convenes to discuss the case of the captives and adjourns discussions over solid waste and licensing new colleges and universities until later. 
 Sheikh Wissam Al-Masri meets the families of the captives after returning from Ersal and reassures that he met seven of the troops abducted by the Islamic State. Al-Masri notes that the Lebanese state did not assign him to negotiate with the kidnappers.
 A Hezbollah delegation extends condolences to former President Michel Suleiman over the death of his mother after a rift between the parties.
 The Special Tribunal for Lebanon schedules the trial of the contempt case against Al-Jadeed for April 16, 2015. 
 The General Security denies the rumors about potential terrorist attacks against Rafik Hariri’s International Airport. 
 Minister of Public Health Wael Abou Faour exposes the violations from another list of restaurants and shops, emphasizing that the wheat silos at the Port of Beirut lack the required health specifications.

December 19
 Speaker Nabih Berri receives a delegation of the families of captives and reiterates ongoing efforts to release their sons, urging secrecy to bring negotiations to fruition.
 PM Tamam Salam chairs a ministerial and administrative meeting to discuss the oil topic and issue the decrees that would help launching exploration works. 
 The United Nations issues a non-binding resolution urging Israel to repay Lebanon USD 860 million as compensation for the oil slick it caused during the July 2006 war.
 PM Tamam Salam declares a day of mourning for the 21 victims of the Algerian plane crash, concurrently with the arrival of their bodies at Beirut’s Airport.

December 20 
 Ahmed Fleiti, deputy head of the municipality of Ersal, announces that Health Minister Wael Abou Faour, upon instructions from Jumblat, has tasked him with mediating in the case of the servicemen who were taken hostage and assures that the kidnappers have accepted his designation.
 Former French PM Francois Fillon arrives in Lebanon and drops by a number of Lebanese officials.

December 21
 Grand Mufti Abdul Latif Deryan arrives in Saudi Arania for an official visit.
 A plane carrying the bodies of the 19 Lebanese killed in the Algerian jet crash in July arrives at Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport. The coffins were received in a solemn ceremony at the airport, attended by a large number of relatives and top state officials.

December 22 
 President of the Italian Senate Pietro Grasso holds a meeting with Lebanese officials during his trip to Lebanon and reiterates that Italy will continue to support Lebanon. 
 Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani arrives in Lebanon and holds talks with a number of Lebanese officials. He also delivers a speech at the Lebanese University commending the dialogue between Hezbollah and the Future Movement.

December 23 
 The Cabinet adjourns discussion of solid waste dossier until January 8, 2015. 
 The Hezbollah-Future Movement dialogue kicks off at the residence of Speaker Nabih Berri in Ain Al-Tineh in the presence of Finance Minister Ali Hassan Al-Khalil. The Future Movement delegation, chaired by Nader Hariri, consists of Minister Nouhad Mashnouq and MP Samir Jisr while Hezbollah’s delegation consists of Minister Hussein Hajj Hassan and MP Hassan Fadlallah and is headed by Hussein Khalil.
 Families of the kidnapped soldiers and policemen reopen the Riad As-Solh road as a gesture of good will before the holidays and a sign of appreciation for PM Tamam Salam. 
 Hezbollah’s deputy Secretary-General Sheikh Naim Qassem receives a delegation of the families of the kidnapped soldiers and policemen and promises to exert all efforts possible to release the captives.
 Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani meets Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and a number of officials before leaving for Iraq.

December 24 
 PM Tamam Salam visits Bkerki and extends his wishes to Patriarch al-Rai for the holiday season. Salam notes that the situation is precarious and there does not seem to be a détente in the near future.
 “Lebanon needs a president known for his history and for his detachment from his personal interests,” says Patriarch al-Rai in his message for Christmas. 
 
December 25 
 Bkerke abuzz with visitors extending wishes and greetings for the holiday season and Patriarch al-Rai calls on General Michel Aoun not to downplay the role of the president in the presence of former President Amine Gemayel. Well-wishers include MP Walid Jumblat, a Hezbollah delegation and Nader Hariri.

December 26 
 After talks with a delegation from Zahle, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea urges the Ministry of Industry to withdraw the license awarded to a cement factory in Zahle. Geagea also receives a delegation of the families of the captives.
 The government decrees the appointment of six judges in courts of cassation.

December 27 
 The Future Movement commemorates Mohammad Shatah on the first anniversary of his death in a ceremony held at the site where he was killed and names the area after him. Former PM Fouad Seniora hopes that the dialogue experience with Hezbollah will be genuine and fruitful.

December 28 
 Patriarch al-Rai extends his condolences to the families of the troops killed by the Islamic State in Beqa’a, then expresses sympathy to the Fakhri family in Btedai.
 Speaker Nabih Berri receives PM Tamam Salam who reiterates that the election of a president is the most urgent priority. 
 Roads blocked in the Chtoura-Masnaa area, Teenayel and near Zahle in protest of the killing of Hassan Ureibi in the hands of people from Zahle. 

December 29
 The Lebanese Army reinforces security measures to separate the outskirts of Ersal from the town and a number of residents try to raid army checkpoints in Wadi Hmid in protest of the measures taken, which results in the death of three among them. A delegation of Beqa’a MPs visits PM Tamam Salam and requests him to reconcile between security obligations and the interest of the residents living in the outskirts of the town. 
 The Presidential Palace hosts a ceremony in Baabda despite the absence of a President. 
 The young suspects accused of killing Hassan Ureibi in a clash in a nightclub turn themselves in. 

December 30
 Sheikh Wissam Al-Massri announces after meeting the kidnappers linked to the Islamic State in the outskirts of Ersal that their demand is to find a neutral demilitarized zone between Ersal and Toufail in order to protect Syrian refugees from Hezbollah and to provide hospitalization for the injured as well as to release the Syrian women. 
 Ministers of Agriculture and Public Health make a tour in the wheat silos at the Port of Beirut and unveil the presence of rats and pigeons near the wheat warehouse. 

December 31 
 The Lebanese Forces and the Free Patriotic Movement issue two separate statements announcing termination of all judicial proceedings between the two parties. The number of lawsuits between the two is estimated at 100.
 Speaker Nabih Berri quoted as saying after Wednesday’s meeting that the Rent Act is no longer applicable after the decision of the constitutional Council. 
 Minister of Public Health Wael Bou Faour states that some of the ministry’s financial statements have been tampered with, in a bid to cover up the financial scandals.
 Former PM Omar Karami dies at the age of 80. 


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