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Report: U.S., France Pressured Qatar over Arsal Mediation

Qatar has come under U.S. and French pressure over the negotiations with the kidnappers of Lebanese soldiers and policemen amid a report of money transfers to the militants who are deployed on the Lebanese-Syrian border.

As Safir newspaper said on Friday that the Qatari leadership has recently received messages from Washington and Paris to speed up its mediation in the case of the troops and police who were taken hostage in August.

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Ibrahim Threatens to Quit Arsal Mission, Dispatches Humanitarian Convoy to Syrian Refugees

General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim resented on Friday what he called a “disarray” in the thorny issue of the abducted soldiers and policemen, warning to leave the issue to other parties to tackle if that confusion persisted.

Meanwhile a convoy of humanitarian aid dispatched by Ibrahim arrived on Thursday to the Syrian refugee encampments in the northeastern border of Arsal.

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Hariri Donates $20 Million for Reconstruction Efforts in North

Al-Mustaqbal movement leader MP Saad Hariri on Thursday announced that he has donated 20 million dollars for reconstruction efforts in northern Lebanon, which has witnessed fierce battles between the army and Islamist gunmen.

“Twenty million dollars have been allocated for the areas affected by the latest clashes in the city of Tripoli -- especially Bab al-Tabbaneh -- the Bhannine region in Minieh and the rest of northern areas that witnessed military confrontations,” Hariri said in a statement.

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Saudi to Nasrallah: The Parties Embracing Terrorism Have Become Well-Known

Saudi Arabia stressed Thursday that it was the first country to engage in the fight against terrorism, in an apparent response to recent remarks by Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

The kingdom was “among the first states that fought terrorism and suffered its attacks,” Saudi National Guard Minister Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah said.

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Cabinet Allocates L.L.30 Billion for Tripoli, Secures Payment of Civil Servants Wages

The government allocated on Thursday 30 billion Lebanese pounds for the northern city of Tripoli, following the violent clashes that took place in the old souks and Bab al-Tabbaneh last week.

“Ministers agreed that some areas of Tripoli and Akkar are suffering from extreme poverty and negligence and that the situation needs to be addressed in a serious manner through a reconstruction plan,” Information Minister Ramzi Jreij announced after a cabinet session at the Grand Serail.

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Ahmed Miqati, 17 Others Charged with Terrorism, 'Islamic Emirate' Plot

State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr on Thursday filed terror charges against the dangerous detainee Ahmed Miqati and 17 others.

"The military judiciary has received the terrorist detainee Ahmed Salim Miqati, 46, who is one of the top cadres of the ISIL (Islamic State) group and goes by the noms de guerre Abu Bakr and Abu al-Hoda," state-run National News Agency reported.

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Qatari Envoy Meets Servicemen's Captors in Arsal Outskirts as Families Await Talks Outcome

A Qatari mediator held negotiations Thursday with the militants of the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front in the outskirts of the Bekaa border town of Arsal, in a new bid to secure the release of 27 Lebanese troops and policemen held by the two extremist groups.

“The Qatari envoy headed at 3:45 pm to Arsal's outskirts after he was escorted by Lebanese security agents to the center of the town,” state-run National News Agency reported.

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Wanted Robbery Suspect Arrested in Bekaa

Police said Thursday they have arrested one of the most wanted robbery suspects in the eastern Bekaa Valley after he tried to escape from a patrol in the town of Brital.

The Internal Security Forces said in a communique that 29-year-old D.Aa. was apprehended on Wednesday.

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Gemayel in Bnashii for Talks with Franjieh

Kataeb party MP Sami Gemayel met on Thursday with Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh on the third day of his tour on Christian leaders.

Gemayel headed to Zgharta's Bnashii for talks with Franjieh a day after he met with Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun.

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NDU, USJ Suspend Student Elections as Geagea Regrets Decisions

Notre Dame University – Louaize and Saint Joseph University decided on Thursday to suspend student elections for the current academic year.

The decision comes in light of a quarrel between the Lebanese Forces and Free Patriotic Movement students on Wednesday over the erection of electoral banners at the main NDU campus.

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