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Fugitive and Supporter of Asir Turns Himself in

One of the supporters of detained extremist cleric Ahmed al-Asir turned himself in to the Lebanese army intelligence checkpoint in Taamir-Ain el-Hilweh in the south, the National News Agency reported on Saturday.

Hani Najem is wanted on several arrest warrants, added NNA.

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Brazil Arrests Lebanese with Hizbullah Links

Brazilian police announced on Saturday the arrest of a Lebanese man suspected of having links to Hizbullah, media reports said on Saturday.

Fadi Hassan Nabha, 42, who is wanted for drug trafficking charges was arrested a week ahead of the Rio Olympics.

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Jumblat Criticizes Term Extension of Qahwaji

The Democratic Gathering MP Walid Jumblat criticized on Saturday a suggestion to extend the term of Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji for another year and dubbed it as a step taken “at the law's expense.”

“It is a silly fad. Extending the term of some (military officials) is done at the law's expense,” said Jumblat in a tweet late on Friday.

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Three Prominent Members Expelled from Free Patriotic Movement

Prominent Free Patriotic Movement members Ziad Abs, Naim Aoun and Antoine Nasrallah were on Friday expelled from the movement.

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Saniora Warns Any Bid to Alter Political System would be 'Recipe for Explosion'

Ex-PM Fouad Saniora, the head of al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc, warned Friday that any imminent attempt to change the current political system would be a “quick recipe” for the “explosion” of the country.

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Hariri Hits Back at Nasrallah over Saudi, Slams Hizbullah as 'Iranian Tool'

Al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri was quick to snap back on Friday at Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah over fierce anti-Saudi remarks.

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Franjieh Still in Presidential Race: Allies Won't Ask Me to Withdraw Nomination

Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh stressed on Friday that his allies will not ask him to draw back his nomination for the top state post and assured that his candidacy for the presidential race is still valid.

“My allies will not ask me to withdraw my nomination and my candidacy for the presidency still stands,” declared Franjieh after a meeting he held with Speaker Nabih Berri in Ain el-Tineh.

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Geagea: Efforts Ongoing to Convince Hariri With Aoun's Election

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea stated on Friday that the presidential file is complicated and that contacts with al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri are ongoing to convince him to elect the Change and Reform head MP Michel Aoun as president.

“MP Walid Jumblat has realized the actual situation and he prefers that a president is elected instead of the prolonging vacuum. Since the majority of the Christians have agreed on the election of Aoun, Jumblat has expressed readiness to vote for Aoun while contacts are ongoing with Hariri in that regard,” said Geagea to a popular delegation from the town of Tannourine.

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Report: Ain el-Hilweh Islamists Appease Fears Say 'No Terror Plots' in Lebanon

Senior Muslim figures in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh received a pledge from extremist Islamic groups that there will be no attempts to shake the stability in the camp or other Lebanese regions, the Kuwaiti al-Rai daily reported on Friday.

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Report: Hariri to Approve Aoun as President in Forthcoming Weeks

Al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri will soon agree on electing founder of the Free Patriotic Movement MP Michel Aoun for the post of presidency, As Safir daily reported on Friday.

“Ex-PM Hariri will in a few weeks agree on electing Change and Reform head MP Michel Aoun as president during the parliamentary meeting that follows the upcoming one,” a prominent political source at Hariri's Center House told the daily.

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