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1 Dead, 5 Hurt as Ain el-Hilweh Football Fight Erupts into Gunfire

One person was killed and five others were wounded Friday evening when a fistfight between football fans escalated into an armed clash in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh, state-run National News Agency reported.

The agency said the clash between the fans of the al-Ansar and al-Nahda teams erupted after a football match at the camp's Jihad al-Wazir Stadium ended with a 1-0 win for al-Nahda.

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Cabinet to Hold Emergency Session on Wage Scale after Hariri Contacts

Intensive political contacts by Prime Minister Saad Hariri led to an agreement on holding an emergency cabinet session Monday at the Grand Serail to discuss the repercussions of the Constitutional Council's repeal of a tax law aimed at funding the new wage scale, the PM's office said on Friday.

The office noted that Hariri had canceled all his meetings as of Friday afternoon to hold intensive talks over the Council's ruling.

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Gemayel Hails Tax Law Repeal as 'Constitutional Revolution against Shady Deals'

Kataeb Party chief MP Sami Gemayel on Friday hailed as a “constitutional revolution” a Constitutional Council ruling that annulled a tax law aimed at funding a new wage scale for civil servants and the armed forces.

Describing the decision as “historic,” Gemayel congratulated the Lebanese people on their “struggle” and thanked the MPs who had joined him in signing the appeal that was lodged with the Council.

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Geagea Says Refugees Won't Accept Return Coordinated with Damascus

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea noted Friday that Syrian refugees in Lebanon will not accept to return to their country through agreements coordinated with the Syrian government.

“The circumstances in Syria have become suitable for their return and the decision in this regard is a sovereign Lebanese decision par excellence,” Geagea said during a Maarab ceremony to announce the candidacy of Ajjaj Haddad for the Sidon-Jezzine Greek Catholic parliamentary seat.

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Army Unit Deploys in South as Chief Discusses Coordinated Efforts with UNIFIL

A new army unit has completed its deployment south of the Litani River, the Army Command said on Friday.

The move is part of “the Army Command's decision to boost the army's deployment on the southern border to defend it against the Israeli enemy, and to preserve its security and stability in cooperation and coordination with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) as part of the implementation of (U.N. Security Council) Resolution 1701,” the Army Command said in a statement.

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Politicians Laud Constitutional Council's Repeal of Tax Law

Politicians from several parties on Friday lauded a ruling by the Constitutional Council that revoked a controversial tax law aimed at funding a new wage scale for civil servants and the armed forces.

Kataeb Party chief MP Sami Gemayel, who led the appeal that was filed against the law, congratulated the Lebanese on the decision.

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Lebanon Presidential Office: Rhetoric Attributed to Aoun about Hizbullah 'Inaccurate'

Media office of President Michel Aoun said on Friday that remarks published in the American al-Monitor website, quoting the President during his stay in New York, included “inaccurate positions and some came out of context,” the National News Agency reported.

“The Lebanese Presidency media office confirms that the positions made by the President are no different from what he said in the speech he delivered before the UN General Assembly and during his meetings with Arab and foreign officials and the Secretary-General of the United Nations,” said the statement.

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Israeli Strikes Hit 'Hizbullah Weapons' Depot by Damascus Airport, Monitor Says

Israeli strikes hit a weapons depot by Damascus airport overnight, targeting a warehouse reportedly belonging to Hizbullah, which is allied with the Syrian government, a monitor said Friday.

"Israeli warplanes targeted with rocket fire a weapons depot belonging to Hizbullah near the airport," said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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Aoun Back in Beirut, Sends Condolences to Mexican President after Earthquake

President Michel Aoun returned back to Beirut on Friday after taking part in the 72nd UN General Assembly session where he delivered a speech and held meetings with heads of state and officials of international organizations, the National News Agency reported.

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Constitutional Council Revokes Tax Hike Law, Says Won't Affect Salary Scale

The Constitutional Council unanimously annulled on Friday the tax hike law aimed at funding the wage scale for civil servants and the armed forces after an August appeal submitted by ten lawmakers.

President of the Constitutional Council told reporters after the meeting, that the “next step would be the responsibility of the Parliament.”

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