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Roux Says STL Mandate Renewal is Certain

The head of the international tribunal's defense office, Francois Roux, has said the renewal of the court's mandate was necessary to continue the trial in ex-Premier Rafik Hariri's Feb. 2005 assassination case.

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon is currently hearing witness testimonies. This stage won't end by March 2015 and would be followed by the defense teams' presentation of evidence, Roux told As Safir newspaper in an interview published on Monday.

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Ibrahim in Qatar to Discuss Case of Abducted Servicemen as Negotiations Reach Standstill

General Security chief Major General Abbas Ibrahim traveled to Qatar to follow up the case of abducted soldiers and policemen, As Safir newspaper reported on Monday.

The daily said that Ibrahim will kick off discussions with Qatari officials, who are tasked with negotiating the safe release of the captive servicemen.

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Kelley Says U.N. has No Count of Refugee Numbers in Arsal

The UNHCR's representative in Lebanon, Ninette Kelley, has said it was difficult to know the number of Syrians who have taken refuge in the northeastern border town of Arsal.

“We know that we have registered 45,000 refugees there. And we believe that the town continues to embrace refugees whose numbers cannot be determined,” Kelley told An Nahar newspaper in remarks published in An Nahar daily on Monday.

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Salam to Highlight Ongoing Refugees Crisis during International Meet in Berlin

Prime Minister Tammam Salam is expected to tackle the lingering crisis of Syrian refugees on Lebanese soil during a visit to Germany on October 27 and 28.

According to al-Liwaa newspaper published on Monday, Salam will discuss during a meeting for the International Support Group for Lebanon in the German capital Berlin the exerted efforts to limit the Syrian influx into Lebanon.

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Army Forces Gunmen to Retreat after Trying to Sneak into Arsal

The army forced on Sunday evening armed men, that tried to sneak into Arsal, to retreat to other outskirts.

According to the National News Agency: “The army troop in Talat al-Hosn shot towards an armed group, that was trying to sneak into Arsal,” and forced these forces “to retreat to the eastern outskirts.”

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Rouhani Lauds 'Steadfastness and Resistance' of Lebanese Army, Moqbel: Iranian Donations "are of Extreme Importance"

The Iranian President Hassan Rohani praised on Sunday "the steadfastness and resistance" of the Lebanese army in facing "Takfiris", calling for "the expulsion of terrorist groups from the region."

While, the Lebanese Defense Minister Samir Moqbel announced that the donation that Islamic Republic intends to submit to the army "is extremely important."

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Qaouq Calls on March 14 Against Being 'Arrogant': All Who Incited Against Army are Partners in Crime

Hizbullah was surprised on Sunday that March 14 "has not yet abandoned its alliance" with the Syrian armed opposition, declaring that anyone who incited against the army is a partner in the crimes by "Takfiri gangs" against it.

"The Lebanese army is being exposed to open aggression by Takfiri gangs, which are not just passing separate attacks, its an external decision to continuously attack the army," said the Deputy head of Hizbullah's Executive Council Sheikh Nabil Qaouq, in a memorial service celebration in the town of Dwair.

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Rifi Says He Supports Barter for Freedom of Soldiers

Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi announced his support to the barter in the issue of the kidnapped soldiers, rejecting on the other hand to “push” the army into the Syrian war through coordination with the Syrian army.

Rifi said in talks to al-Liwaa newspaper that the release of the abducted soldiers is a priority to the parliament, and he is with barter to free them.

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PSP Chief Calls on Politicians to Safeguard Army

Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblat urged the Lebanese on Sunday to maintain their national unity, calling on politicians to grant the army the “needed political cover.”

“We should maintain our national unity and back the army, which is facing a brutal battle,” Jumblat said from Khaldeh, south of Beirut, the first stop of his tour in the area.

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Report: Militants to Target Mourners Commemorating Ashura Occasion

Terrorists are planning to carry out sabotage operations targeting mourners commemorating the occasion of Ashura that begins on October 26, Ad Diyar newspaper reported on Sunday.

According to the newspaper, security forces are taking “extraordinary” measures in particular in the southern province of Nabatieh, which usually hosts the biggest such rally in the southern part of the country.

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