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Army Destroys Vehicle Transporting Jihadists on Arsal Outskirts

The Lebanese army destroyed on Saturday a vehicle transporting gunmen on the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal, the state-run National News Agency reported.

NNA said in the army's operation took place in Khirbet Daoud.

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Iran Ambassador Says Nuclear Deal Could Reflect Positively on Lebanon

Iran's Ambassador to Beirut Mohammed Fathali stressed that his country's nuclear deal will reflect positively on Lebanon and the region, the state-run National News Agency reported on Saturday.

“The nuclear deal will affect Lebanon and the region positively. We believe that this agreement will pave way for positive atmospheres,” said Fathali after a meeting with Marada leader Suleiman Franjieh on head of a delegation.

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Syrian Businessman Slams Reports of Hiding Fugitive Daou

Syrian businessman Wahib Merhi slammed media reports that fugitive Hisham Daou, accused of killing Major Rabih Kahil, is under his protection, MTV said on Saturday.

On Friday, MTV reported that Daou has fled Lebanon to the Syrian province of Latakia and is in the custody of Merhi.

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Geagea: Sad to Celebrate Army Day without President

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea hailed the Lebanese Army saying it is the only “legitimate institution to ward off any imminent danger,” and expressed sadness that the day is marked in the absence of a president.

Marking the 70th anniversary of the military institution, Geagea extended his well wishes to the Army Commander Jean Qahwaji.

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Three-Year-Old Child Goes Missing on Sidon Beach

A three-year-old child went missing on Sidon's public beach, the state-run National News Agency reported on Saturday.

Hadi Ahmed Salameh, was with his family on Friday when they discovered that he suddenly disappeared.

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Hariri Urges Lebanese to Overcome Disputes, Elect President

Al-Mustaqbal movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri on Friday hoped the army's sacrifices will push all Lebanese to “overcome their differences and disputes” and seek an end to the political crisis.

“It saddens us that we are marking Army Day this year without a president,” said Hariri in a statement marking the 70th anniversary of the creation of the Lebanese army.

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Arms Seized at House of Kahil's Suspected Killer as Report Says He Fled to Latakia

The army has raided the house of the fugitive Hisham Daou, who is accused of killing Major Rabih Kahil, seizing a large quantity of arms and ammunition, the military said Friday in a statement.

“Eighteen assault rifles, 17 pistols, a quantity of light ammunition and various military equipment were seized in Hisham Daou's house in the Bdadoun area in Aley,” the army said.

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U.S. Says Lebanese Should Stop Collapse of Institutions, Stresses Commitment to Army

U.S. Ambassador David Hale stressed on Friday that it was up to the Lebanese people to stop “tearing down” the state institutions and said his country is committed to keeping its support to the Lebanese army.

“Regional developments have not altered America’s policy toward Lebanon, or any of our commitments to Lebanon; nor do they alter our commitment to regional security,” said Hale following talks with Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail.

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Activists of the 'You Stink' Campaign Released on Bail

Four anti-trash demonstrators, who were held earlier this week over the interception of the car of Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas, were released on Friday on a LL200,000 bail each, the state-run National News Agency reported.

Earlier during the day, the driver of Minister Derbas withdrew the lawsuit that he had filed against al-Mallah.

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Qahwaji Says Army Should be Fully Ready to Confront Terror

Army chief Gen. Jean Qahwaji said in his Order of the Day on Friday that troops should be fully ready to confront terrorism and unite amid regional and local crises.

“You continued to confront terrorism relentlessly” and with “courage,” he told soldiers on the occasion of Army Day.

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