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28 November 2014, 19:25 The families of the captive troops have reopened the Saifi road.
28 November 2014, 19:20 NBN: Al-Nusra Front has backed down from its threat to execute al-Bazzal, following efforts and indirect contacts by the Lebanese General Security.
28 November 2014, 18:58 National News Agency: MP Hadi Hbeish arrived in Saifi to meet the families of the captive troops and the road is still blocked in both directions.
28 November 2014, 18:53 LBCI: General Security contacted the Qatari side, which informed Maj. Gen. Ibrahim that the mediator will head to Lebanon in the coming hours.
28 November 2014, 18:32 LBCI: Sheikh Mustafa al-Hujeiri is in Arsal's outskirts in an attempt to prevent the execution of Ali al-Bazzal.
28 November 2014, 18:10 Former president Michel Suleiman is meeting at his Paris residence with ex-PM Saad Hariri.
28 November 2014, 18:05 National News Agency: Two people were arrested at the Dahr al-Baidar checkpoint over the possession of a quantity of hashish.
28 November 2014, 17:59 Ali al-Bazzal's wife to LBCI: I will visit Sheikh Mustafa al-Hujeiri to inquire about the outcome of his contacts with al-Nusra and if necessary I'll go to Arsal's outskirts before the end of the 8-hour deadline.
28 November 2014, 17:59 National News Agency: Gunfire from Syria is targeting the outskirts of the Akkar towns of Amar al-Baikat, Qashlaq, Wadi al-Har and Hikr Janine.
28 November 2014, 17:57 The army arrested al-Asir supporter Maarouf H. in Sidon.
28 November 2014, 17:40 Army troops shot and wounded a fugitive who did not stop at a checkpoint in al-Sharawneh.
28 November 2014, 17:07 The families of the captive servicemen have blocked the Saifi road in both directions.
28 November 2014, 15:27 Al-Nusra Front: There are only eight hours left to release the sister Joumana Hmayyed or face the execution of the captive Ali al-Bazzal.
28 November 2014, 14:58 Abou Faour: The assault against the demonstrators only shows the use of oppressive force that was misguided.
28 November 2014, 14:57 Health Minister Wael Abou Faour: The assault against the families of the Arsal captives is shameful for the state and unjustified.
28 November 2014, 13:24 FPM leader Michel Aoun told his visitors that the decision of the Constitutional Council is wrong.
28 November 2014, 13:22 The families of Arsal captives: Our sons are more precious than you are. These endeavors will lead to bloodshed.
28 November 2014, 13:21 The families of Arsal captives: Thank you for your acts. You have lost your conscious.
28 November 2014, 13:18 The families of Arsal captives to Mashnouq: It is shameful that the state assaulted the relatives of military personnel.
28 November 2014, 13:01 The army has arrested two suspects during raids near the Airport road.
28 November 2014, 12:47 A meeting is underway between PM Salam and Bishop Boulos Sayyah.
28 November 2014, 12:42 PSP chief Walid Jumblat described the clampdown on the relatives of hostages as shameful.
28 November 2014, 11:39 LBCI: The Constitutional Council rejected the appeal against the extension of parliament's term in order to avoid prolonging vacuum at constitutional institutions.
28 November 2014, 11:37 Al-Mashnouq: We are dealing with the states that have influence on the jihadists who abducted the servicemen.
28 November 2014, 11:36 Al-Mashnouq: The relatives should not succumb to the demands of the terrorist groups.
28 November 2014, 11:36 Al-Mashnouq: I am ready to resign if my resignation would help secure the release of the hostages.
28 November 2014, 11:36 Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq: From the first moment, the government has been working on the release of the hostages in accordance to certain principles.
28 November 2014, 11:31 The families urged the judiciary to investigate and interrogate any ISF member who ordered the assault on them.
28 November 2014, 11:30 The families of the hostages: Our protests will continue until the release of our loved ones.
28 November 2014, 11:28 The families of the hostages: We were surprised by the political decision that suppressed the relatives but failed to release the abductees.
28 November 2014, 11:28 Lebanese poet and writer Said Akl passed away at the age of 102
28 November 2014, 11:21 OTV: The Constitutional Council session ended.
28 November 2014, 10:45 VDL (93.3): The relatives of the hostages returned to the site of their protest camp in Riad al-Solh.
28 November 2014, 10:39 ISF via twitter: As police if we had the right to protest then 27,000 members would protest along with the families of the abducted servicemen.
28 November 2014, 10:34 The families of abducted servicemen demanded Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq to step down.
28 November 2014, 10:30 Telecom Minister Butros Harb via twitter: I welcome Hariri's initiative to engage in dialogue with all the Lebanese factions.
28 November 2014, 10:23 The Constitutional Council convened to discuss the FPM challenge against the parliament's term extension.
28 November 2014, 10:20 NNA: A female relative of one of the hostages was taken to hospital after fainting.
28 November 2014, 10:13 U.S. Ambassador David Hale left Lebanon heading to Frankfurt en route to the United States.
28 November 2014, 10:08 The Saifi road was reopened after police used water cannons against the protesters.
28 November 2014, 10:05 Free Lebanon Radio: The protesters moved from the Saifi road and gathered at the pavement.
28 November 2014, 09:59 TMC: Two individuals were injured when their vehicle flipped over in Tripoli's al-Salam roundabout.
28 November 2014, 09:55 The relatives of the soldiers and policemen taken hostage by jihadists in August were sprayed with water to force them to open the Saifi road.
28 November 2014, 09:52 An LBCI reporter was assaulted by a policemen after he refused to hand over his mobile phone to him.
28 November 2014, 09:50 Security forces and the relatives of the hostages clashed as police tried to open the Saifi road.
28 November 2014, 09:45 Security forces and some journalists clashed in the Saifi area after they were banned from the site of the protest of the relatives of the hostages.
28 November 2014, 09:44 Fire engulfed Tan armored car used to transport money on Mseileh road towards Nabatiyeh.
28 November 2014, 09:43 Security forces banned journalists from the area of the sit-in in Beirut's Saifi.
28 November 2014, 09:11 The relatives of the hostages: We won't disappoint Abou Faour. We will make a decision soon.
28 November 2014, 09:09 Abou Faour: Secrecy is one of the reasons for the success of the negotiations.
28 November 2014, 09:07 Abou Faour said he is not in Beirut. But he will meet with the relatives when he returns.
28 November 2014, 09:07 Minister Wael Abou Faour to LBCI: I spoke to the relatives and urged them to open the road and give the Lebanese government some time to allow it to work.
28 November 2014, 08:55 VDL (100.5): Firefighters extinguished a fire that erupted in an apartment in Tripoli's al-Maarad street. Only material damages were reported.
28 November 2014, 08:30 Minister Nabil de Freije to VDL (100.5): Stability in Lebanon and the ban of local use of arms are two key matters on the agenda of Hizbullah-Mustaqbal dialogue.
28 November 2014, 08:29 The relatives of the so-called Arsal hostages blocked the Saifi road at Beirut's entrance.
28 November 2014, 08:12 The Red Cross: A car turned over in Sed al-Baushrieh. Rescuers are on the way.
28 November 2014, 08:01 ISF detained 60 people for committing various crimes throughout Lebanese territories.
28 November 2014, 07:55 NNA: Israeli troops fired at dawn five flares over the town of Shebaa.
28 November 2014, 07:47 NNA: Two people were injured in a dispute in Bourj al-Shamali refugee camp in Tyre.
28 November 2014, 07:27 Father of abducted soldier Mohammed Youssef to VDL (100.5): We'll only block the Saifi road briefly at 8:00 am. We have carried out contacts with al-Nusra via mediators to end the threats.
27 November 2014, 23:02 Hariri: The ISIL was created by the regime and its deeds.
27 November 2014, 23:00 Hariri: Bashar Assad has no place in Syria's future.
27 November 2014, 23:00 Hariri: Iran must realize that it cannot seize control of Lebanon, Syria and the region.
27 November 2014, 22:58 Hariri: We hope Iran's role will be for the welfare of the region, not only in Lebanon, and we hope Iran's policy towards Syria and other countries will change.
27 November 2014, 22:57 Hariri: My personal relation with Aoun is excellent and I hope it will stay like this. Of course there is an interest in any cooperation between al-Mustaqbal movement and Aoun.
27 November 2014, 22:52 Hariri: A consensual candidate is one who can talk to everyone and who can put Lebanon's future before anything else.
27 November 2014, 22:51 Hariri: Aoun's problem is that he is organically allied with Hizbullah.
27 November 2014, 22:50 Hariri: We made a mistake by avoiding dialogue with Aoun in the past.
27 November 2014, 22:47 Hariri: Saudi Arabia does not have a veto on anyone and all countries want Christians to agree on a presidential candidate.
27 November 2014, 22:40 Hariri: The March 14 forces have a problem with Michel Aoun's nomination but we engaged in dialogue with him. The March 8 camp does not approve of Samir Geagea's candidacy but they have not talked to him, that's why the solution is electing a consensual president.
27 November 2014, 22:39 Hariri: We support the Taef Accord and will not change our stance and we have fought battles to preserve it. Hizbullah proposed a constituent assembly and we rejected it because we're with bilateral not trilateral power-sharing.
27 November 2014, 22:33 Hariri: Dialogue with Hizbullah would alleviate the Sunni-Shiite tensions and a (Sunni-Shiite) explosion would not leave us any presidency or country to talk about.
27 November 2014, 22:24 Hariri: Aoun is an essential political component of the country and no one can eliminate anyone in this country. We cooperated with Aoun and we formed a government, but has anyone from March 8 tried to talk to Samir Geagea?
27 November 2014, 22:23 Hariri: Let the other party bear the responsibility should dialogue turn out to be non-serious. I'm serious about dialogue and if I reject it the tensions will grow among citizens.
27 November 2014, 22:18 Hariri: We are with any communication among the Lebanese for the sake of Lebanon.
27 November 2014, 22:16 Hariri: I will not remain silent whenever I feel that Lebanon's interest is being harmed, whether that came from a friendly party or not, and we support the Syrians and their freedom.
27 November 2014, 22:12 Hariri: Tripoli's residents are the people of moderation and we're a cross-confessional movement. We have never carried arms and moderation has been our path since the days of Rafik Hariri.
27 November 2014, 22:12 Hariri: We must overcome complications and put them aside for the sake of reaching an agreement that can serve the country's interest.
27 November 2014, 22:11 Hariri: There is an agenda that is being prepared with the AMAL Movement and Walid Jumblat, who is the one leading the efforts for dialogue. A consensual president is the solution for Lebanon.
27 November 2014, 22:06 Hariri: I'm not with dialogue with Hizbullah for the sake of dialogue. I'm rather with serious dialogue for the sake of the country's interest and I'm serious in what I'm saying. I want a president and parliamentary elections and I want us to exit the dilemma that the country is going through. I want dialogue with results.
27 November 2014, 22:06 Hariri: There are things that must be discussed for the sake of the country and its citizens.
27 November 2014, 22:04 Hariri: I don't like populist stances but rather stances that serve the national interest. I take my decisions according to the country's interests.
27 November 2014, 22:04 Hariri: Dialogue is important and my dispute with Hizbullah is over its intervention in Syria, in addition to the STL, arms and the Resistance Brigades. I will not change my stance over these issues, but some things are important for the country and for protecting the country. Protecting the country is more important than Saad Hariri.
27 November 2014, 21:58 Hariri: The greatest grant that Iran can offer to the army would be asking Hizbullah to withdraw from Syria.
27 November 2014, 21:56 Hariri: The kingdom has always been generous towards Lebanon and we must thank King Abdullah. Saudi Arabia is in the service of all Lebanese.
27 November 2014, 21:55 Hariri: There are open credits for the army and all security forces and the rest is on the way. All agencies have announced their demands for combating terrorism and the army will receive 30 aircraft and ammunition.
27 November 2014, 21:54 Hariri on Saudi grant: King Abdullah surprised the Lebanese and the world with the grant offered to the army and the one who exerted efforts to that end was president Suleiman. Some have tried to say that the grant was delayed but some grants have been in the drawers of parliament for several years now. In the face of Arsal's clashes, King Abdullah saw that there is a need to combat terrorism.
27 November 2014, 21:52 Hariri: I will return to Lebanon but I'm the one who sets the date ... I will return very, very soon.
27 November 2014, 21:51 Hariri: There is hope and the dream of all the youths who took part in the March 14 (demonstration) will be achieved.
27 November 2014, 21:50 Al-Mustaqbal movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri in an interview on LBCI: We will not give up and we're confident that we can build this country. Regardless of the problems and threats in Lebanon, there will come a day when we return to Lebanon to build it, the same as Rafik Hariri did. It is unacceptable to lose hope.
27 November 2014, 21:18 The army said one of its posts in Baalbek's al-Sharawneh came under gunfire, which prompted troops to “respond in kind and launch raids to arrest the shooters.”
27 November 2014, 20:04 Families of captive servicemen to LBCI: We will block all of Beirut's entrances at 8:00 am Friday.