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Rockets Hit Northeastern Towns, No Casualties

Four rockets hit on Tuesday the outskirts of the northeastern towns of al-Labweh and Meqraq, without causing casualties, the state-run National News Agency reported.

NNA said that the rockets struck the hills lying between the two Shiite towns.

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Mashnouq Says to Discuss with Moqbel, Rifi Implementation of Decision on Wanted Lists

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq said that he will hold talks with Defense Minister Samir Moqbel and Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi to implement a cabinet decision to abolish lists of wanted individuals.

In remarks to pan-Arab daily al-Hayat published on Tuesday, al-Mashnouq said his meeting with Moqbel, who is also the deputy PM, and Rifi will come after the Eid al-Fitr holidays, which end on Wednesday.

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N. Korea Slams Reports of Arms Deals with Hamas, Hizbullah

North Korea has denounced allegations that it supplied missiles to Hamas and material support to Hizbullah as "sheer fiction" and a "sinister" effort to link Pyongyang to Middle East disputes.

The rebuttal from the foreign ministry was carried in a statement late Monday by the North's official KCNA news agency.

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Assailants Abduct Syrian National in Arsal, Threaten to Kill Him for Rasom

Unknown assailants kidnapped on Monday evening a Syrian national from the Bekaa town of Arsal's square, threatening to kill him if the ransom they requested was not paid.

"Syrian national Ziad Mehieddine Khadra reported to the Arsal police station that unknown assailants have kidnapped his father Mehieddine from the Arsal square,” the state-run National news Agency said.

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Lebanese Delegation in Mali Awaits DNA Testing of Air Algerie Passengers' Bodies

The Lebanese delegation currently present in Mali to follow-up on the Algerian plane's tragedy is preparing for examining the bodies of the Lebanese passengers who were on board, as the results of the DNA tests are expected to take at least two more weeks to be revealed.

"The Lebanese delegation met with concerned French authorities who assured that looking for victims' bodies will take up to two weeks,” LBCI television reported on Monday.

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LBن... LBCI Changes Logo in Solidarity with Iraq's Christians

After Lebanese networks last week aired a unified newscast in solidarity with Palestinians suffering a bloody war in the Gaza Strip, LBCI television launched on Monday a new campaign to condemn the Islamic State's attacks on Christians in Iraq.

LBCI changed its logo to “Lbن,” and took the initiative after Muslim Iraqi journalist Dalia al-Aqidi wore a cross around her neck in solidarity with her country's Christian minority.

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UNIFIL Says Lebanon Situation 'Very Critical,' Assures Calm Is 'Guaranteed'

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon warned on Monday of the “very critical and delicate” situation in the South, but said concerned parties assured that the region would remain “calm.”

The situation in Lebanon, just like in the region, is “very delicate and critical,” UNIFIL spokesperson Andrea Tenenti expressed on Monday, adding that he was concerned about the firing of rockets towards Israel.

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Jumblat Denies Making Presidential Deadlock Request to Nasrallah

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat has denied that he asked Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to end his support for Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Michel Aoun's candidacy.

In remarks published in As Safir daily on Monday, Jumblat said he did not make such a request during his recent meeting with Nasrallah.

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Geagea Downplays Nasrallah-Jumblat Meeting

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea played down a recent meeting held between Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat.

The meeting has no political meaning, Geagea told An Nahar newspaper published on Monday.

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Salam to Call for Cabinet Session Next Week

Prime Minister Tammam Salam has said that he would call for a cabinet session next week to agree on the rest of the items on its agenda.

“The most important articles have been approved by consensus, including the Lebanese University decree and the allocation of funds to pay public sector salaries,” said Salam in remarks published on Monday.

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