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Mustaqbal: March 14 Initiative Paves the Way to Dialogue among all Parties

Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc renewed on Tuesday its position that electing a president is a priority over all others.

It stressed after its weekly meeting that this election will pave the way to holding the parliamentary polls.

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Qalamun Road Blocked as Bazzal Wife Urges Nasrallah, Salam to Act

Families of captive troops blocked the Qalamun highway near Tripoli for three hours on Tuesday and threatened further escalatory steps, as the wife of one of the soldiers urged the prime minister and Hizbullah's chief to act quickly.

“I threaten the sons of every official, because their lives are not more precious than the lives of the troops,” the wife of captive soldier Ali al-Bazzal said at press conference.

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Kanaan: We Reject Claims that Takfiri Assault on Lebanon is Aimed at Creating Strife

The Change and Reform bloc stressed on Tuesday that a new budget for Lebanon should focus on properly equipping the army given the terrorist challenges it is facing.

MP Ibrahim Kanaan said after the bloc's weekly meeting: “An armed takfiri group assaulted Lebanese territories and attacked the army.”

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Baabda Remains Vacant 4 Months after Expiry of Suleiman's Term

Parliament failed again on Tuesday to elect a new president over the boycott caused by the majority of the March 8 camp's parliamentary blocs amid an initial agreement by March 14 alliance lawmakers to attend legislative sessions aimed at approving important draft-laws.

Speaker Nabih Berri adjourned the session to October 9 after lack of quorum

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Israeli Forces Cross Demarcation Line, Comb Area on Ross Mountain

Israeli forces crossed on Tuesday the demarcation line at Lebanon's Ross Mountain at the northern edge of the occupied Shebaa farms, and combed the area, the state-run National News Agency reported.

At dawn, four Israeli soldiers crossed a distance of 30 meters into the liberated zone at the Ross mountain. They combed the area for half an hour and then retreated.

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Soldier Killed in Attack on Army Barracks in al-Beddawi

A Lebanese soldier was killed on Tuesday after gunmen opened fire on an army post in al-Beddawi near the northern city of Tripoli, the military announced.

An army communique said troops responded to the 4:00 am attack by opening fire on the perpetrators, adding that military units were pursuing them to arrest them.

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Al-Rahi Urges Daryan for Joint Protection of Lebanese Culture

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi called on Tuesday for the election of a president, the implementation of the Constitution and the control of illegitimate weapons, urging the newly-inaugurated Grand Mufti to protect Lebanon's common Christian-Muslim culture.

“It is our duty as religious officials not to remain silent to violations of the country's principles and constitutional framework,” said al-Rahi during talks with Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Daryan at Dar al-Fatwa.

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Lebanese Authorities Want 'Guarantees' as Arsal Municipal Chief Promises Good News

The continued captivity of soldiers and policemen by jihadists is threatening to spiral out of control after their families took escalatory measures and Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq said the authorities would not negotiate with the terrorists unless they provide guarantees that they wouldn't execute more captives.

“We want absolute guarantees that the abductors will stop killing (more captives) before we discuss anything else,” al-Mashnouq told As Safir daily in remarks published on Tuesday.

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Army Chief of Staff in Moscow Next Week over Military Assistance

The Lebanese Army's chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Walid Suleiman is scheduled to travel to Moscow next week to discuss with Russian officials military assistance to Lebanon.

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq, who recently visited Russia, said Suleiman will follow up the meetings that he held with the Russian officials.

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Nasrallah to Deliver Televised Speech on IS and Arsal Captives

Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is scheduled to make a TV appearance on Tuesday to reiterate his rejection of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State, and any swap between Lebanese soldiers taken captive by jihadists and Roumieh prison Islamists, local dailies said.

Al-Akhbar newspaper said that Nasrallah, who will appear on Hizbullah's al-Manar TV on Tuesday night, is expected to criticize the U.S.-Arab alliance against the IS.

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