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The General Security arrested at the Rafic Hariri International Airport a Lebanese fugitive while he was trying to flee the country to Venezuela through Turkey, the state-run National News Agency reported on Saturday.
The runaway has been in hiding since 2001 trying to flee several arrest warrants including a death sentence against him.Full Story
Municipal council member of the town of Dekwaneh Antoine Sfeir, has been freed on Saturday after he was kidnapped a day earlier, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Sfeir was abducted in Dekweneh by a man from the Dandash family and has been taken to the Bekaa town of Hermel.Full Story
A man fatally shot his 24-year old son on Friday for “personal reasons,” the state-run National News Agency reported.
Moussa Terro from the Chouf town of Barja shot his son, Moustafa, Friday night for what was described as personal reasons.Full Story
The “You Stink” civil society campaign announced on Friday that it will hold a demonstration on Saturday afternoon to demand the resignation of Environment Minister Mohammed al-Mashnouq over his failure to resolve the trash disposal crisis.
The campaign announced that the demonstrators will demand that Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq be held accountable for the “assaults by the security forces and parliament guards” against the protesters last week.Full Story
Prime Minister Tammam Salam contacted on Friday his Turkish counterpart to request Ankara's assistance in helping Lebanon resolve its waste disposal crisis, reported Anatolia news agency.
It said that Salam contacted Ahmet Davutoglu to discuss the issue.Full Story
Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq acknowledged on Friday that “errors” were committed by the Internal Security Forces in confronting the civilian protests that were held on Saturday.
He said during a press conference: “We recognize that there was an excess use of force at the rallies and those responsible will be held accountable for Saturday's unrest.”Full Story
Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun reiterated on Friday his call for the election of a president from the people as he announced his backing for protests, but said he only partly agreed with anti-government demonstrators who accuse the entire political class of corruption.
During a press conference he held at his residence in Rabieh, Aoun also invited the supporters of his Free Patriotic Movement to carry out a protest next Friday “to ask for reform and for participation in decision-making, and to call for fighting corruption.”Full Story
The municipality of Naameh that lies south of Beirut rejected outright on Friday the reopening of the landfill, saying it hoped that the issue won't be discussed by politicians.
“Our town suffered for 18 years from the dangers of the landfill and its negative health, environmental and social effects,” said a statement issued by the municipal council.Full Story
The Maronite bishop of Beirut, Boulos Matar, said Friday that a Christian-Muslim summit scheduled to be held in Bkirki next week is aimed at stressing the importance of swiftly electing a president and discussing the demands of anti-government demonstrators.
Matar told al-Joumhouria newspaper that the summit which will be held on Monday will focus on two main issues – the election of a head of state as soon as possible and the demands of the people.Full Story
Speaker Nabih Berri has said that he urged Prime Minister Tammam Salam to procrastinate in calling for a cabinet session to “give a chance for reconciliation” among the bickering parties.
Berri's press office said Thursday that he telephoned Salam asking him to wait before inviting the government to convene to give a chance to consultations after Free Patriotic Movement, Hizbullah, Marada Movement and Tashnag party ministers boycotted the session.Full Story