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Change and Reform: March 14 Proposal is Meaningless, Aims to Waste Time

The Change and Reform bloc rejected on Tuesday the proposal made by the March 14 alliance over ending the deadlock over the presidency, saying that it “offers nothing new.”

Former Minister Salim Jreissati said after the bloc's weekly meeting: “The initiative is meaningless and is aimed at wasting time.”

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2 Syrians Arrested in South for Possession of ISIL Fliers

Two Syrians were arrested in the South on Tuesday for the possession of paraphernalia associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, reported the National News Agency.

It said that the army intelligence arrested Amer and Mustafa al-Sahou in the Nmeiriyeh town of al-Nabatiyeh region.

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Muslim Scholars: Al-Sayyed Beheading Condemned by All Standards, Negotiations Currently Suspended

The Muslim Scholars Committee on Tuesday strongly condemned the beheading of army sergeant Ali al-Sayyed at the hands of Syria-based extremist groups, stressing that it will not hesitate to contribute to any effort aimed at freeing the abducted troops and resuming the “currently suspended” negotiations.

In a statement issued after the periodic meeting of its administrative bureau, the MSC said its delegation “could return to negotiations in the case of the kidnapped Lebanese troops when the situations become appropriate.”

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Salam in a Speedy Cabinet Session: Security Situation Thoroughly Followed

Prime Minister Tammam Salam stressed on Tuesday during a speedy cabinet session that the security developments in Lebanon is being thoroughly followed.

“The security situation in the country is being followed and it will be discussed on Thursday,” Information Minister Ramzi Jreij said after the government session.

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Kidnapped Syrians Escape from Families of Arsal Hostages

Eighteen Syrians, who were kidnapped by the relatives of Lebanese soldiers and policemen taken hostage by jihadists, have escaped, the state-run National News Agency reported Tuesday.

NNA said the relatives of the captives abducted the Syrians in Shmestar in Baalbek.

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Report: Nusra Front Demands al-Rahi's Apology over Burning of ISIL Flag

Al-Nusra Front is reportedly demanding Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi to apologize for the burning of an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant flag by youth in Beirut's Ashrafiyeh district.

Sources close to the Muslim Scholars Committee said in comments published in the pan-Arab daily al-Hayat on Tuesday that “the group (al-Nusra Front) will not release the soldiers and policemen without anything in return.”

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Al-Rahi in U.S. Next Week to Attend Conference on Christians

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi is expected to head to the United States on September 8 to participate in a conference on the conditions of Christians in Lebanon and the region.

According to al-Joumhouria newspaper, al-Rahi will travel on Monday to the U.S.

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Army Engages in Overnight Battles with Gunmen on Outskirts of Arsal

Intense clashes erupted between the Lebanese army and gunmen on the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal overnight Monday.

The state-run National News Agency said that rocket fire could be heard in Lebanon's Eastern Mountain Range, in particular, in the Sweid valley.

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HRW Says Alleged Beheading of Sayyed 'War Crime'

Human Right Watch described on Tuesday the alleged beheading of Lebanese army sergeant Ali al-Sayyed as a “war crime.”

The rights group (HRW) considered in a statement “the alleged beheading of al-Sayyed

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Report: Al-Mashnouq a 'Guest of Honor' at GCC Ministers Meeting

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq has been invited to the Gulf Cooperation Council's interior ministers' meeting scheduled to be held in Doha next week, al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Al-Mashnouq will be the “guest of honor” in the meeting that would also be attended by five cabinet ministers from the GCC countries, the daily said.

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