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Roukoz Leaves Headquarters One Day Early

Commando Regiment chief Brig. Gen. Chamel Roukoz is set to leave his headquarters in Roumieh on Tuesday for his successor Maroun al-Qobayati, a day early as his term ends on October 15, following an official holiday.

The official handover ceremony between Roukoz and Qobayati will not be held this year, and Roukoz is scheduled to visit the ministry of defense where he will hold a meeting with Army Commander Jean Qahwaji and several other officers.

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Officials Rule Out Wave of Syria Refugees over Russia Air Campaign

Lebanese officials have ruled out a rise in the number of Syrian refugees after Moscow entered Syria's multi-faceted civil war last month.

The officials, who were not identified, told As Safir daily published on Tuesday that it was highly unlikely for more Syrians to seek safety in Lebanon over the air strikes carried out by Russia to help the Syrian regime.

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French Official Visited Beirut over Saudi Arms Grant

A French official was in Beirut last week to follow up with the Lebanese army leadership the delivery of French weapons under a Saudi grant, al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The daily said the official's visit came amid a freeze in the delivery of more arms to Lebanon.

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Army, Hizbullah Raise Level of Alert over Syria War Developments

The Lebanese army has gone on alert along the border with Syria and inside Lebanese territories after Russian jets intensified their airstrikes in central Syria and Hizbullah got more involved in the country's war.

A security source told As Safir daily published on Tuesday that terrorist groups taking refuge in the border area are making suspicious moves.

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Reports: Bassil Planning to Visit Iran Soon

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil is planning to visit Tehran later in the week as the new leader of the Free Patriotic Movement, several local newspapers reported on Tuesday.

The dailies said the visit of Bassil, who took over the FPM leadership from his father-in-law MP Michel Aoun last month, would come ahead of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's trip to Paris to meet with his French counterpart Francois Hollande.

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Army Arrests Senior al-Nusra Front Fugitive in Arsal

A senior member of al-Nusra Front, al-Qaida's Syria franchise, was arrested Monday in the northeastern border town of Arsal, state-run National News Agency reported.

“The Lebanese army arrested senior al-Nusra Front member Ibrahim Mutaweh this afternoon in the town of Arsal,” NNA said.

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Hizbullah Buries Commander Killed in Syria

Hizbullah buried a leading commander in the south of the country on Monday, after he was killed "performing his jihadist duties in Syria", his party said.

"The Islamic Resistance (armed wing) is celebrating a leader from its heroic, sacrificing forces, the martyr Hassan Hussein al-Hajj... who died while performing his jihadist duties in Syria," it said in an official obituary.

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5 Freed, 5 Remanded in Custody as Protest Movement Slams 'Political Detention'

The civil society protest movement condemned Monday what it described as “political detention” after five protesters were ordered released from jail and five were remanded in custody.

“First Military Examining Magistrate Riad Abou Ghida interrogated the detainees of Thursday's protest this afternoon, in the presence of their lawyers,” state-run National News Agency reported.

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Berri Says Dialogue is Slow but Can be Counted on

Speaker Nabih Berri has told Special Envoy for the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1559 Terje Roed-Larsen that the national dialogue is causing stability in Lebanon despite being “slow.”

“The dialogue is a factor of stability and there is progress in it,” Berri told him in a phone conversation, according to al-Joumhouria daily published on Monday.

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Salam Says No Cabinet Session Soon over Political Differences

Prime Minister Tammam Salam said he did not expect to call for a cabinet session anytime soon over the lack of consensus among the country's rival political leaders.

“We want the session to be productive and we want it to become a turning point in resolving the waste crisis,” Salam told As Safir newspaper published on Monday.

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