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Change and Reform Condemns 'Usurpation of Voice of Aoun's Supporters'

Head of the Change and Reform bloc MP Michel Aoun will adopt an “escalatory” approach should the current “political practices persist,” announced former Minister Salim Jreissati.

He said after the bloc's weekly meeting: “We reject the usurpation of the voice of the people who support Aoun.”

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Civil Society Activists Protest by Military Court after Colleagues Denied Release from Custody

Civil society activists staged on Tuesday a sit-in by the Military Court in Beirut following the rejection of a request to release their detained colleagues.

The protesters objected to a decision by First Military Examining Magistrate Judge Riad Abou Ghida to reject a request to release five civil society detainees.

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Syria's Al-Nusra Issues Bounties for Nasrallah, Assad

The head of Syria's Al-Qaida affiliate has issued bounties worth millions of dollars for the killing of Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Syrian President Bashar Assad.

In a voice recording released late Monday, head of Al-Nusra Front Abu Mohamed al-Jolani said he would pay "three million euros ($3.4 million) for anyone who can kill Bashar Assad and end his story".

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Grand Mufti Marks Hijri Year, Urges Rival Politicians to Elect a President

Grand Mufti of the Republic Sheikh Abdul Latif Daryan urged the rival political leaders attending the national dialogue sessions not to leave their meetings before they elect a new president.

“Do not leave your dialogue sessions unless you consensually agree on electing a new head of state,” Daryan said addressing the interlocutors of the national dialogue during a speech marking the New Islamic Year.

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Roukoz Leaves Headquarters One Day Early

Commando Regiment chief Brig. Gen. Chamel Roukoz is set to leave his headquarters in Roumieh on Tuesday for his successor Maroun al-Qobayati a day early as his term ends on October 15, following an official holiday.

The official handover ceremony between Roukoz and Qobayati will not be held this year, and Roukoz is scheduled to visit the ministry of defense where he will hold a meeting with Army Commander Jean Qahwaji and several other officers.

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Officials Rule Out Wave of Syria Refugees over Russia Air Campaign

Lebanese officials have ruled out a rise in the number of Syrian refugees after Moscow entered Syria's multi-faceted civil war last month.

The officials, who were not identified, told As Safir daily published on Tuesday that it was highly unlikely for more Syrians to seek safety in Lebanon over the air strikes carried out by Russia to help the Syrian regime.

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French Official Visits Beirut over Saudi Arms Grant

A French official was in Beirut last week to follow up with the Lebanese army leadership the delivery of French weapons under a Saudi grant, al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The daily said the official's visit came amid a freeze in the delivery of more arms to Lebanon.

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Army, Hizbullah Raise Level of Alert over Syria War Developments

The Lebanese army has gone on alert along the border with Syria and inside Lebanese territories after Russian jets intensified their airstrikes in central Syria and Hizbullah got more involved in the country's war.

A security source told As Safir daily published on Tuesday that terrorist groups taking refuge in the border area are making suspicious moves.

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Reports: Bassil Planning to Visit Iran Soon

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil is planning to visit Tehran later in the week as the new leader of the Free Patriotic Movement, several local newspapers reported on Tuesday.

The dailies said the visit of Bassil, who took over the FPM leadership from his father-in-law MP Michel Aoun last month, would come ahead of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's trip to Paris to meet with his French counterpart Francois Hollande.

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Army Arrests Senior al-Nusra Front Fugitive in Arsal

A senior member of al-Nusra Front, al-Qaida's Syria franchise, was arrested Monday in the northeastern border town of Arsal, state-run National News Agency reported.

“The Lebanese army arrested senior al-Nusra Front member Ibrahim Mutaweh this afternoon in the town of Arsal,” NNA said.

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