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Mashnouq Vows Not to Back Down until Ain el-Hilweh Fugitives Handed over to State

Interior Minister Nouhad Mashnouq stressed on Monday that the state will not back down on its demand to be handed over all fugitives who are taking the southern Palestinian camp of Ain el-Hilweh as their safe haven.

“The chance will be given in the first stage for any political solution, but we will not back down,” Mashnouq told As Safir newspaper.

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Report: Berri, Hariri Discussed Hizbullah-Mustaqbal Dialogue

Speaker Nabih Berri has discussed with al-Mustaqbal movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri the talks between Hizbullah and al-Mustaqbal representatives, al-Joumhouria newspaper reported on Monday.

The daily said that Berri's short meeting with Hariri was held in Riyadh over the weekend when the speaker extended his condolences on the death of Saudi King Abdullah.

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Report: 'Strong' Israeli Warning to Lebanon on Possible Retaliatory Attack

Israel has sent a strong warning to Lebanon that it would respond to any attack by Hizbullah on Israel whether on its territories or abroad, Western diplomatic sources said.

The sources told pan-Arab daily al-Hayat published on Monday that the warning was delivered to the Lebanese authorities by several ambassadors based in Lebanon.

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Girault's Shuttle Diplomacy Endeavors Continue, to Visit Lebanon Next Month

Director of the Department of the Middle East and North Africa at the French Foreign Ministry Jean-François Girault will visit Lebanon at the beginning of February to resume his initiative to resolve the ongoing presidential deadlock.

An Nahar newspaper reported on Monday that the French diplomat's visit aims at reviving his initiative and contacts with Lebanese officials.

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Armed Man Shoots Dead Policeman in Zgharta

An Internal Security Forces officer was killed at dawn Monday after a gunman opened fire at him in the northern district of Zgharta, the state-run National News Agency reported.

NNA said Ghassan Ajaj died after the armed man shot him near his house in the town Meryata.

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Parties Defeat Hanna Gharib in Teachers Elections

The parties of the rival March 8 and March 14 camps closed ranks on Sunday to defeat independents led by Hanna Gharib in the elections of the league of public secondary school teachers.

However, the incumbent chief Gharib and another member managed to grab two seats.

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Daryan Rejects Use of Any Arms Domestically 'Other than Those of Lebanese Army'

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Daryan called on Lebanon's Sunni Muslims on Sunday to stand by the Lebanese army, rejecting the use of any arms domestically other than those of the military institution.

“We are the people of centrism and moderation and we must confront the attacks through standing by the army and the security institutions,” said Daryan during the first visit to the Bekaa province since he assumed his post.

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False Reports of Assault on Brital amid Clashes in al-Zabadani

Reports circulated Sunday in the Bekaa about a militant assault on Hizbullah's posts in Brital's outskirts turned out to be untrue, following two days of deadly clashes between the Lebanese army and extremist groups in the nearby area of Ras Baalbek.

“The takfiris have waged an armed attack on Hizbullah's posts in Ain Saa in the mountainous outskirts of Brital and Baalbek,” state-run National News Agency reported, adding that the area was witnessing “fierce clashes with rocket-propelled grenades and artillery shells.”

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Army Detains 12 Syrians in Bekaa for Forming Terrorist Group

The army detained on Sunday 17 Syrians in raids carried out in the town of al-Marj in the west Bekaa for the suspected formation of a terror group and for illegally entering the country.

The military command said in communique that the “12 Syrian national are suspected of establishing a terror group.”

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Army Targets Militants on Outskirts of Arsal

The army targeted on Sunday militants entrenched in Madinat al-Malahi area on the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal.

According to the state-run National News Agency, the army targeted with heavy artillery suspicious movements by armed men in Madinat al-Malahi area in Arsal's Wadi Hmeid village.

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