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Amchit Child Released after '$50,000 Ransom' Paid

Abducted child Ricardo Jaara was released Monday after a three-day kidnap ordeal, media reports said.

“Jaara was freed this afternoon after he was kidnapped two days ago near his house in Amchit,” LBCI television reported.

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Hizbullah Delegation Visits Kataeb HQ, Says Dialogue Still Ongoing

A delegation from Hizbullah on Monday visited the headquarters of the Kataeb Party in Beirut's Saifi area to congratulate newly-elected party chief MP Sami Gemayel and the political bureau members.

The delegation was led by Hizbullah's Loyalty to Resistance bloc MP Ali Fayyad.

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Indictment Issued in Roumieh Prison Torture Case

Military Examining Magistrate Judge Riyad Abou Ghida issued on Monday an indictment in the case of the beating of Islamist inmates at Roumieh prison.

Last month, State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr charged five guards for abusing the prisoners and referred them to Abou Ghida for questioning.

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Sources Say Lebanese Firm Tasked with Carrying Out Presidential Survey

A Lebanese polling and research firm has been tasked with carrying out a survey proposed by the Free Patriotic Movement to help ease the presidential deadlock, al-Mustaqbal newspaper reported on Monday.

Sources told the daily that Statistics Lebanon, which was established in 1994, will ask a sample of 4,600 Christians who their candidate for the presidency is.

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Jumblat: Paralysis is No Longer Acceptable

Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblat has said that his only concern was to keep the government functioning to take important decisions and avoid paralysis.

“My main concern is for the cabinet to continue its work to take the necessary decisions and open an extraordinary session for the parliament,” said Jumblat.

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Report: Al-Rahi Urges Aoun not to Take to the Streets

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi has reportedly urged Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Michel Aoun not to go ahead with his plans to resort to street action.

Al-Rahi told Aoun during a telephone conversation that he is not in favor of street protests against the backdrop of the cabinet crisis, An Nahar daily reported Monday.

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Report: Captors Demand $100K Ransom to Free Child Nabbed from Amchit

The interrogation of a Syrian janitor and the members of his family is still ongoing after he was suspected of involvement in the Saturday abduction of the child Ricardo Imad Jaara, LBCI television reported on Sunday.

The child was nabbed outside his family home in the Jbeil district town of Amchit, LBCI said.

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Two Men Freed after Brief Abduction in Bekaa

Unknown assailants on Sunday briefly kidnapped two people in the eastern Bekaa region, reported the National News Agency.

The abductees were identified as Hassan Ali Hashish, 27, and Fadi Hamad, 29.

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Hizbullah, Syria Regime Forces Enter Rebel Bastion Zabadani

Syrian government forces backed by fighters from Hizbullah entered the town of Zabadani on Sunday in a bid to take the last rebel-held bastion along the Lebanese border.

Syrian state television and Hizbullah's al-Manar station announced the advance into Zabadani on Sunday, a day after a major operation against it began.

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Sami Gemayel Calls for 'National Gathering to Establish New Lebanon' after Election of President

Head of the Kataeb Party MP Sami Gemayel proposed on Sunday that Lebanon's constitutional system be reexamined following “90 years of a structure that has only deepened sectarianism and divisions among the Lebanese.”

He called for holding a “national gathering to establish a new Lebanon” after the election of a new president.

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