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UNIFIL Head of Mission Hosts Local Authorities and Religious Leaders

UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Michael Beary on Saturday hosted local authorities, religious leaders and Lebanese Armed Forces representatives from south Lebanon at the UNIFIL Headquarters in Naqoura to convey his profound appreciation for their strong support and to discuss issues of common concern to UNIFIL and the local communities, a UNIFIL press release said.

Beary expressed his gratitude to the leaders for their continued cooperation and friendship they have unwaveringly demonstrated to UNIFIL peacekeepers and to the mandate of the Mission.

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Khalil: Truthful Intentions Will Facilitate Budget Approval

Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil said that Lebanon’s state budget, which he referred a day earlier to the cabinet, will be approved by the government if the intentions of political factions were truthful, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

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Hizbullah Shells Nusra Posts in Arsal Outskirts, Inflicts Casualties

Hizbullah on Friday bombed posts of the jihadist group al-Nusra Front in the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal, Hizbullah's al-Manar TV said.

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Ibrahim Says to Visit Country that Can Help Free IS-Held Captives

General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim revealed Friday that he intends to visit a country that can help Lebanon secure the release of the nine Lebanese servicemen who are being held hostage by the extremist Islamic State group.

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Army Refers Lebanese IS Militant to Judiciary

A Lebanese member of the terrorist Islamic State group was referred Friday to the judiciary, an army statement said.

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Army Intelligence Arrests IS Smuggler North Lebanon

The Army intelligence arrested an Islamic State group firebrand suspected of leading smuggling operations, LBCI reported on Friday.

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Two Bomb Makers Arrested in Koura

The Army Intelligence arrested on Friday two Syrian men accused of preparing explosive bombs in the northern district of al-Koura, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The two men, whose names were not identified, planned to carry out the bombing on the outskirts of Deddeh in Koura.

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Civil Defense Volunteers End 12-Day Protests

Civil Defense volunteers ended a 12-day protest on the Lebanese-Palestinian border on Friday after receiving vows from officials that their longtime demand for full-time employment will be met, the National News Agency reported.

The campaigners ended their protest and dismantled tents that they had erected on the border, NNA added.

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Report: Geagea Wants Good Ties with Army Leadership, He Tells FPM

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea emphasized that he is keen on maintaining good relations with the army leadership and asked the Free Patriotic Movement not to “embarrass” him with threats to resort to the street if the term of the Army Commander was extended, al-Akhbar daily reported on Friday.

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Report: Berri Says Preserving the Cabinet's Work Saves the State's Face

Speaker Nabih Berri said that boycotting the cabinet's sessions reaps no benefits other than obstructing the people's daily interests, as he stressed that the cabinet is the last chance to save the State's face, An Nahar daily reported on Friday.

“Tell me. What is the benefit that can be derived from obstructing the cabinet's work other than hindering the citizens' daily interests which are not being addressed properly because of the differences?” asked Berri.

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