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Report: Security Measures in Beirut Counter Attack Schemes

Investigations with a Syrian female detainee revealed that she had a scheme to carry out a suicide attack in the southern suburbs of Beirut during the month of Ramadan, a report said.

The suspect was recently arrested in al-Rahma Syrian encampment near the town of Bebnin in the northern district Akkar.

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Report: Amazon Still Selling Hizbullah Flags following Confederate Flag Ban

The online U.S. retail giant Amazon is still selling the flags of Hizbullah and Hamas despite a pledge to remove Confederate flag merchandise from its website, CNSNews reported.

“Flags of Hamas and Hizbullah, and armed Taliban action figures are among the offerings available with a few clicks of a mouse,” it said on Tuesday.

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Intelligence Agency Says Around 1,000 Hizbullah Operatives in Germany

Germany's domestic intelligence agency has warned that Hizbullah has 950 active operatives in the country while Islamist Movement Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, has 300.

The agency (BfV) did not give further details on Hizbullah's alleged operations in Germany but said the country “is on the spectrum of goals for Islamic terrorists.”

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Jumblat Optimistic on Cabinet, Says Federation Not Possible in Lebanon

Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblat was optimistic on Wednesday, saying the cabinet was on the right track to resume its activities.

“The paralysis of the cabinet is a crime amid the presidential vacuum,” Jumblat told local newspapers.

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Several Injured in Mustaqbal-Resistance Brigades Clashes

Heavy clashes erupted early on Wednesday in the area of al-Saadiyat leaving scores of people injured, including an army personnel, and triggering a state of chaos in the area, an army communique said.

The sides involved in the clashes belonged to different political parties, it added.

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At least Five Jihadists Killed in Lebanese Army Ambush

The Lebanese army announced on Wednesday that it ambushed al-Nusra Front militants in the eastern Bekaa Valley overnight, leaving at least five jihadists dead.

The state-run National News Agency said troops saw gunmen moving from the northeastern border town of Arsal to its outskirts when it ambushed the militants in the area of al-Khazzan that lies between Wadi Ata and Aqaba al-Jird.

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Salam Calls for Keeping Army 'Away from Politics', Urges Govt. Parties to 'Put Aside Thorny Issues'

Prime Minister Tammam Salam on Tuesday called on the political parties to keep the military institution “away from politics,” amid a row over the appointment of a new army chief, as he urged the members of the coalition government to “put aside the thorny issues.”

“We reassure the Lebanese that security is fine inside the country and on the borders. It is in the safe hands of the army command and soldiers and the national duty requires continued support for the military force through funds and equipment,” said Salam during a Ramadan iftar banquet organized by Dar al-Aytam al-Islamiya.

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Mustaqbal Dismisses 'Christian Poll' Idea as Attempt to 'Invent New Norms'

Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc on Tuesday reiterated its call for the speedy election of a new president, warning against any attempt to “invent new legal norms” in this regard.

“The priority remains the speedy election of a president, which must be the top priority in this critical period that Lebanon and the region are going through,” said the bloc in a statement issued after its weekly meeting.

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Change and Reform Ministers to Attend Cabinet Meeting to 'Tackle Absence of Appointments Issue'

The Change and Reform bloc deemed on Tuesday the omission of the security appointments file from cabinet's session on Thursday as a “legal and constitutional violation.”

MP Ibrahim Kanaan said after the bloc's weekly meeting: “Our ministers will attend the meeting to address the absence of this matter from its agenda.”

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Qahwaji Inspects Troops Around Arsal as Army Arrests 8 Suspected Syrian Terrorists

Army chief Gen. Jean Qahwaji inspected on Tuesday Lebanese soldiers who are deployed around the northeastern border town of Arsal to stop the infiltration of militants.

Qahwaji was accompanied by Defense Minister Samir Moqbel. They arrived by helicopter to Labweh from where they headed to Arsal.

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