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Israeli Warplanes Stage Raids on Border East of Shebaa

Israeli warplanes have executed two air raids on al-Rashaha hill located at the Lebanese-Syrian borders east of the Shebaa town, the National News Agency said on Tuesday.

“Two intense explosions were heard east of Shebaa particularly on al-Rashaha hills,” said VDL (93.3).

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Berri Chairs Parliament Meeting, Reiterates Need to Cut Extension Term Despite Opposition

Lawmakers convened on Tuesday in a parliament session in Nejmeh Square under the chairmanship of Speaker Nabih Berri to tackle 42 items on the agenda in addition to the oil and gas exploration petroleum activities file.

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Report: Al-Talli Allegedly Seeks 'Vengeance' against Nasrallah

Top official of the jihadist al-Nusra Front group in the border region between Syria and Lebanon, Abu Malek al-Talli, has reportedly given orders to his “elements in the southern refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh" to stand by for “vengeance against Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Tuesday.

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Aoun Asks ICRC Head to Help on Refugees, Missing Bishops, Cameraman

President Michel Aoun held separate talks Monday in New York with the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, and Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit.

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Berri Says His Bloc Lodged Draft Bill to Slash Parliament's Extended Term

Speaker Nabih Berri on Monday announced that his Development and Liberation bloc had submitted a draft law under which the extended term of the current parliament would expire on December 31, 2017 instead of May 21, 2018.

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Jreissati Seeks Legal Action against 'Rumors' after Aoun's Call

Justice Minister Salim Jreissati on Monday asked State Prosecutor Samir Hammoud to prosecute anyone spreading “rumors” in the country, a day after President Michel Aoun warned of “a systematic campaign to deviate attention from the achievements that have been made.”

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Gemayel Criticizes Govt., Calls for 'Scrapping' Magnetic Voter Card

Kataeb party leader MP Sami Gemayel on Monday lashed out at the government's general performance mainly stressing the need to scarp the newly approved magnetic voter card arguing that that it “hits the freedom of voters.”

“The magnetic voter card has become one of the main reasons to forge the parliamentary elections. It must be scrapped immediately,” said Gemayel in a press interview.

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Fadlallah: Warning Statements by Foreign Embassies 'Contrary to Norms'

Hizbullah MP Hassan Fadlallah stressed on Monday that foreign embassies in Lebanon have “no right to speak about the country's internal security,” dubbing their latest warning statements as “irregular,” the National News Agency reported on Monday.

“No foreign embassy in our country is allowed to speak about our internal security,” said Fadlallah during a workshop on covering the parliamentary elections organized by the National Council for Audiovisual Media, in cooperation with the Italian regulator of communications and information.

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Cabinet OKs 'Biometric' Voter ID Card, Controversy over Prior-Registration for Voters

Lebanon's cabinet approved a suggestion to upgrade the citizen’s identity cards into “biometric identity cards”, or what is known as a magnetic voter card, that enables nationals to use their IDs to cast their votes at the upcoming parliamentary elections.

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Aoun in NY for U.N. General Assembly Meeting

Heading an official delegation President Michel Aoun arrived in New York on Monday to take part in the UN General Assembly Annual meeting, the National News Agency reported Monday.

Lebanon's participation in the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly meeting is the first for a Lebanese president in three years because of the vacuum that plagued the country's top State post.

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