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Salam Urges Quick Delivery of French Helicopters, Warns of 'Refugee Revolt'

Prime Minister Tammam Salam has called on France to speed up the delivery of military helicopters to the Lebanese army as part of the $1 billion Saudi grant to Lebanon, as he warned that Syrian refugees in the country might stage a “revolt” over the international community's insufficient support.

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Tensions in Bekaa as Jaafar Clan, Deir Ahmar Residents Clash

Tensions were high in the eastern Bekaa region on Sunday in the wake of a clash between Jaafar clan members and residents from Deir al-Ahmar, reported MTV.

Media reports had stated that members of the clan had set up a checkpoint at the Iaat-Harf Shlifa road in the wake of an individual dispute in the area.

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Report: Stricter Security Measure against Syrian Refugees to Take Effect on Jan. 5

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq requested on Saturday security agencies to begin implementing the state-approved strict measures limiting the flow of Syrian refugees into Lebanon, reported the daily al-Mustaqbal on Sunday.

It said that the minister ordered the concerned officials to prepare to implement the measures starting January 5.

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Report: Finishing Touches of Saudi-French Deal to Be Complete on Tuesday

Head of ODAS company Admiral Edouard Guillaud is scheduled to return to Lebanon next week in order to place the finishing touches of the Saudi-French arms deal for the army, reported the daily al-Mustaqbal on Sunday.

The French official is scheduled to arrive in Lebanon on Tuesday to make the final signatures of the deal ahead of its implementation.

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Mazloum: Maronite Leaders' Talks on Presidency Pointless due to their Foreign Commitments

Bishop Samir Mazloum ruled out a breakthrough in the crisis over the presidential elections due to the “wide gap” between the concerned officials and “their ties to regional and international powers,” reported the Kuwaiti daily al-Seyassah on Sunday.

He told the daily: “The Maronite Patriarchate in Bkirki currently sees no point in bringing together the Maronite leaders in order to reach a positive outcome on the presidency given their foreign commitments.”

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Report: Larijani Visit Will Pave Way for Mustaqbal-Hizbullah Dialogue

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani is expected to arrive in Lebanon at the beginning of next week in a what is seen as precursor to the expected dialogue between the Mustaqbal Movement and Hizbullah, reported the daily An Nahar on Sunday.

Larijani's visit is expected to pave the way for the talks that media reports said will be held on December 29.

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Army Carries Out Raids in Several Areas, Arrests Suspects

The Lebanese army detained several suspects for carrying out terror-linked acts, including a Syrian national, who was infiltrating into the northeastern border town of Arsal.

The army said in a communique issued on Saturday that Syrian national Mohammed Mustapha Mustapha was detained while trying to infiltrate illegally into Lebanese territories by evading checkpoints.

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State Security Briefly Arrests 10 Syrians in Baalchmih over Terror Links

State security agents briefly detained on Saturday in a raid Ten Syrian nationals linked to terrorist organizations, the state-run National News Agency reported.

According to NNA, the Syrians were holding a meeting at a house in the town of Dhour al-Abadiyeh in Baalchmih in the Mount Lebanon district of Aley.

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Ghanem Urges Election of President for Breakthrough on Electoral Law

MP Robert Ghanem, head of the electoral subcommittee, stressed on Saturday that the elections law will not be adopted before the election a new president, who should have certain characteristics.

Ghanem expressed hope in an interview with An Nahar newspaper that the rival parties reach a settlement over the presidential deadlock, considering that the subcommittee's meetings are to facilitate any parliamentary session set to vote on an electoral law immediately after the election of a new head of state.

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Masri Warns Collapse of Negotiations with Islamists Threatens Lives of Hostages

Salafist cleric Wissam al-Masri warned on Saturday that the failure to strike a deal with the Islamist militants, who are holding several Lebanese soldiers and policemen captive, threatens the lives of the servicemen, revealing that he will head to the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal soon.

“We are exerting all efforts to resolve the case,” Masri said in an interview with As Safir newspaper, expressing belief that the servicemen “will not be well if the negotiations collapsed.”

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