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Gunmen Rob LL500 Million from Baalbek Bank

Unknown assailants robbed at gunpoint on Saturday LL500 million from the Jammal Trust Bank's branch in the Bekaa city of Baalbek, reported the National News Agency.

It said that the gunmen, riding in two BMW SUVs, intercepted two bank employees as they were transferring the funds to the Central Bank branch in the city.

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Al-Mustaqbal Delegation to Paris for Negotiations on Pending Issues

A delegation of the al-Mustaqbal Movement has traveled on Friday to the French capital in a bid to continue the negotiations that have been ongoing at various levels, al-Joumhouria daily said on Saturday.

The delegation included Nader Hariri, the adviser of al-Mustaqbal movement leader Saad Hariri, and a number of other consultants including former MP Ghattas Khoury.

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Families of Lebanese Hostages United in Despair

Outside Lebanon's government headquarters, where relatives of soldiers and police captured by jihadists have held a weeks-long sit-in, a message on a photograph reads: "We are waiting for your return".

For the past three months, 27 families from across Lebanon have been brought together in anguish by threats by the Islamic extremists to execute a son or a husband.

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Jumblat Visits Moscow Thursday at Head of PSP Delegation

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat is scheduled to travel to the Russian capital Moscow next week on an official visit, reported al-Joumhouria newspaper on Saturday.

It said that the lawmaker will head to Moscow on Thursday on a three-day visit.

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Report: U.S., France Pressured Qatar over Arsal Mediation, Receives 'List of Demands'

The Qatari envoy who is in the outskirts of Arsal to negotiate in the case of kidnapped soldiers by extremist groups since last August, received on Friday the list of demands of the abductees.

According to LBCI: “The Qatari envoy, who is in the outskirts of Arsal, received the list of demands of the soldiers' kidnappers.”

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Army Arrests Lebanese and Syrians in Tripoli Raids, Seizes Arms Depot for Sheikh Diqmaq

The army said Friday it has arrested several people suspected of attacking soldiers and seized weapons and ammunition from a depot in the northern city of Tripoli.

The military said in a communique that eight Lebanese were apprehended for involvement in shooting attacks and for tossing grenades at military posts.

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Two Suspects Linked to Sheikh Hoblos Arrested in Akkar

The army continued on Friday raids of areas in the northern region of Akkar in search of suspects wanted for their involvement in recent clashes with the military, reported the National News Agency.

The raids resulted in the arrest of two suspects linked to Sheikh Khaled Hoblos, whose group was involved in weekend clashes with the army in the town of Bhannine in Akkar.

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Bassil Goes to Naqoura in First Such Visit to UNIFIL by Lebanese FM

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil went to the headquarters of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon on Friday, the first such visit by a Lebanese foreign minister to the peacekeeping mission since 1978.

UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Luciano Portolano briefed Bassil in Naqoura on the situation in UNIFIL’s area of operations south of the Litani River, said a press release.

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Patriarch al-Rahi: I Will Soon 'Spill the Beans'

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi lamented on Friday the “make or break” moral that the political parties raise their youth on, stressing that Lebanese politicians are still waiting for a green-light from foreign countries to elect a head of state.

“Soon I will spill the beans,” said the Patriarch, expressing resentment at the almost five month delay in electing a president.

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Gunmen Kidnap Drivers, Seize Trucks in Brital

Armed men briefly kidnapped two drivers and took over their trucks near the eastern town of Brital, the state-run National News Agency reported Friday.

NNA said the attack took place at Brital's entrance as the drivers were transporting outdoor light poles belonging to state-run firm Electricite du Liban.

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