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Larijani in Beirut for Talks with Lebanese Officials

Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani arrived in Beirut on Monday for talks with Lebanese officials, the state-run National News Agency reported.

NNA said Larijani was accompanied by the Iranian foreign minister's deputy for Arab and African affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

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Geagea Vows not to Give up on Dialogue with Aoun

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea has said that he “intended” to meet with his rival Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun, vowing not to give up on the talks easily.

“There is no set date but the intention is there,” Geagea told al-Akhbar newspaper in an interview published on Monday.

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Berri Says Cabinet to Discuss Oil Exploration Decrees Soon

Speaker Nabih Berri has said that the cabinet is expected to discuss soon oil exploration decrees that have been left in the government's drawers over political differences.

In remarks published in local newspapers on Monday, Berri reiterated that the exploration file “has been put on the right track.”

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Derbas Says Number of Refugees Declining, Lebanon Has Lost $20 Billion

Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas has confirmed that the number of Syrians displaced from their country's civil war began dropping in Lebanon after the authorities said in October that they will not accept any more refugees from the neighboring country.

“The number of registered Syrian refugees has dropped from 1.2 million to 1.1 million,” Derbas told al-Liwaa newspaper in an interview published on Monday.

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Jumblat Reveals New Proposal on Hostages despite Salam's Frustration

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat stressed on Monday that Ahmed Fleiti, the deputy municipal chief of the border town of Arsal, had a serious proposal to resolve the hostage crisis despite reservations expressed by Prime Minister Tammam Salam over his role.

Jumblat told local dailies that Health Minister Wael Abou Faour had informed him that Fleiti has a “serious offer that would pave way for a solution to the cause of the captives after he visited the hostage-takers.”

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Geagea: Kidnap of Lebanese Servicemen Harmed Syrian Revolution

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Sunday noted that the abduction of a number of Lebanese troops and policemen at the hands of Syria-based jihadist groups had "harmed the Syrian revolution."

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Two Injured in Clash over 'Rifi's Posters' in el-Mina

Two people were injured Sunday as a personal dispute erupted into gunfire in the Tripoli district of el-Mina, state-run National News Agency reported.

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Bodies of 19 Lebanese Killed in Algerian Jet Crash Arrive in Beirut

A plane carrying the bodies of 19 Lebanese killed in the July Algerian jet crash arrived Sunday at Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport.

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Salam Urges Quick Delivery of French Helicopters, Warns of 'Refugee Revolt'

Prime Minister Tammam Salam has called on France to speed up the delivery of military helicopters to the Lebanese army as part of the $1 billion Saudi grant to Lebanon, as he warned that Syrian refugees in the country might stage a “revolt” over the international community's insufficient support.

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Ahmed Fleiti Says Tasked by Abou Faour to Mediate in Servicemen Case

Ahmed Fleiti, deputy municipal chief of the Bekaa border town of Arsal, announced Sunday that Health Minister Wael Abou Faour has tasked him with mediating in the case of the servicemen who were taken hostage by jihadist groups.

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