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EDL Managers Say They Are Not Responsible for Work Stoppage

Electricite du Liban announced on Friday that the state-run firm's managers have informed the director general that they were not responsible for the repercussions of the work stoppage caused by the contract workers' strike.

The managers sent Director General Kamal al-Hayek a memo stating they were “banned” from carrying out their duties at the company's headquarters in Beirut’s Mar Mikhael district.

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Zahle Prison Guards Foil Attempt to Smuggle Hashish to Facility

Security guards at the prison of Zahle foiled yet again an attempt by a visitor to smuggle a quantity of hashish to an inmate.

The National News Agency reported on Friday that the 20 grams of hashish were packed in a halva box.

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Three Men Suspected of Fighting against Army Detained in Arsal

The Lebanese army detained on Friday a pickup truck driver trying to transport wanted Syrians to the neighboring country through the northeastern border town of Arsal, media reports said.

The army issued a communique saying that “an army checkpoint arrested at 08:30 pm on Thursday the driver of a Hyundai pickup, Khaled Deeb al-Krenbi, who didn't hold any identification papers and had in his possession a gun and its ammo.”

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Hujeiri Says Situation in Arsal 'Calm', Warns of Attempts to Involve Army in New Battles

Head of Arsal Municipality Ali al-Hujeiri described the situation in the northeaster town as “calm,” lashing out at attempts to involve the army in armed clashes by reporting rumors.

“The situation in Arsal is calm and normal, but gunmen remain scattered on the outskirts of the town,” Hujeiri told al-Liwaa newspaper published on Friday.

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Jumblat Backs Candidacy of Jean Obeid for Presidential Post

Progressive Socialist Party Leader Walid Jumblat proposed the candidacy of former Minister Jean Obeid for the presidency, al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Friday.

According to the daily, Jumblat expressed his ultimate backing to Obeid.

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Berri Asks Members of his Bloc to Run in Parliamentary Elections

Speaker Nabih Berri has asked the members of his parliamentary bloc to submit their candidacies for the elections as a move aimed at sending a clear message of his rejection to extend the legislature's mandate.

Al-Joumhouria newspaper said that Berri telephoned all members of his Development and Liberation bloc to urge them to announce their candidacies starting Friday.

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Roads Blocked in Halba over Alleged Beheading of Army Soldier

Protesters blocked several roads Thursday in the Akkar town of Halba over unconfirmed reports that the ruthless Islamic State jihadist group has beheaded a captive Lebanese soldier called Ali al-Sayyed.

Earlier, an alleged IS militant calling himself Abu Musaab Hafid al-Baghdadi posted pictures on his Twitter account that show him cutting off the head of a blindfolded man with a medium beard.

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Arab Israelis Arrested over Alleged Contact with Hizbullah

The Shin Bet security service has announced the arrest of a number of Israeli Arabs suspected of contacting Hizbullah in an alleged attempt by the party to carry out attacks in the Jewish State, Israeli media reported.

Four men were arrested in Israel for having direct contact with Hizbullah, the Shin Bet said in a statement on Thursday.

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Activists Demonstrate, Ask Judiciary for 'Historic Stance' against Parliament Term Extension

Hundreds of civil society activists marched through Beirut on Thursday to warn against another extension of the parliament's tenure, saying the judiciary will be responsible before history should it approve of such a step.

The demonstrators marched from outside the interior ministry building in Sanayeh towards the Riad al-Solh Square which neighbors the parliament headquarters in downtown Beirut.

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Army Arrests Terrorist Gang in Bekaa, Kills Syrian after Illegally Crossing to Lebanon

The army opened fire overnight Thursday at a group of Syrians in a minibus, who were trying to infiltrate the country from the border crossing of Ain Ata in the Bekaa southwest of Rashaya.

According to the National News Agency, armed clashes erupted between the army and a group of Syrians in a minibus as they tried to illegally cross into Lebanon from Ain Ata.

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