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U.N. Chief Lauds Municipal Vote, Urges Lebanese Leaders to Elect President

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon welcomed Tuesday the municipal and mayoral elections that started in Lebanon on May 8 while urging the country's leaders to elect a president as soon as possible.

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Army Defuses Grenade Put under Car of Palestinian Official's Son

A hand grenade was discovered Tuesday under the car of a son of a top Palestinian official in Wadi al-Zayneh near the southern city of Sidon.

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Mustaqbal on Hujeiri Killing: Ugly Vengeance Won't Return Martyr Soldiers

Al-Mustaqbal movement condemned Tuesday the killing of a member of the al-Hujeiri family in the Bekaa earlier in the day, urging the government and the political and religious leaders to “intervene to foil strife.”

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Change and Reform Demands Adoption of Orthodox Electoral Law for Parliamentary Polls

The Change and Reform bloc demanded on Tuesday that an electoral law that offers fair representation be adopted during the parliamentary elections.

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil said after the bloc's weekly meeting: “We stress our constant support for the Orthodox Gathering electoral law, which has not been given a chance by officials.”

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Jones Meets Hariri, Deems Berri Proposal as 'Interesting'

U.S. Charge d'Affaires Richard Jones urged on Tuesday the Lebanese people to exert all possible efforts to end the vacuum in the presidency.

He deemed after holding talks with Mustaqbal Movement leader MP Saad Hariri Speaker Nabih Berri's proposal to end the deadlock as “interesting.”

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Army Arrests IS Suspect in Arsal

The army arrested on Tuesday a prominent Islamic State group terrorist in the northeastern border town of Arsal, announced the National News Agency.

It said that Sameh al-Breidy was detained in a military operation in the town.

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Qahwaji Vows Efforts to Release Kidnapped Soldiers

Army Commander Maj Gen. Jean Qahwaji renewed on Tuesday the army’s pledge to carry on its efforts and unearth the fate of the soldiers that are held captive by the Islamic State group, the state-run National News Agency reported.

“On the 16th anniversary of Resistance and Liberation Day, I hereby renew the army’s commitment to uncover the fate of their fellow soldiers kidnapped by the terrorist groups,” said Qahwaji in his Order of the Day.

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U.S. Embassy Sponsors Lebanon-U.S. Terrorist Designations Workshop with the Central Bank

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Richard Jones and Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh delivered on Monday opening remarks at the Lebanon-U.S. Terrorist Designations Workshop, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in collaboration with the Central Bank.

The two-day event brings together representatives from Lebanon’s legal and security institutions and the U.S. Departments of State, Treasury, and Justice to discuss the shared U.S.-Lebanese commitment to combating international terrorist finance.

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Communist Party Hails 'Remarkable Results' in South Elections

The Lebanese Communist Party declared Monday that it managed to achieve “remarkable results” in the municipal and mayoral elections that took place Sunday in the South and Nabatieh, after its candidates were able to win against the powerful Hizbullah-AMAL Movement alliance in several towns.

“The preliminary results of the polls that were held in the South and Nabatieh governorates have showed that the party has managed to achieve remarkable results,” the LCP said in a statement.

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Iran Says to Try to 'Speed Up' Held Lebanese Man's Case

Iran "will try to speed up" the case involving a detained U.S. permanent resident who advocates Internet freedom, an Iranian official said Monday, making the first government acknowledgment of the man's detention.

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