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London Announces $1.5 Million Funding to STL

British Ambassador Tom Fletcher announced on Monday that the UK would be contributing an additional £1 million, around $1.5 million, to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon that is trying the suspects in ex-PM Rafik Hariri's assassination.

Fletcher made the announcement during a phone call with Prime Minister Tammam Salam, the British embassy said in a statement.

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Army Detains Suspect on Terror Charges in Tripoli

The army detained on Monday a Lebanese man on charges of having terror links, the state-run National News Agency reported.

According to NNA, an army patrol raided at dawn the house of Abdullah al-Jaghbari in the area of Bab al-Ramel in the northern city of Tripoli.

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Arsal becomes ISIL Main Stronghold, Implementing Self-Rule

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) reportedly warned a family residing in the northeastern border town of Arsal to leave the town as soon as possible or they will be executed.

According to As Safir newspaper published on Monday, the family of Ali Ezzedine, who was killed last week by ISIL militants, were compelled to depart their village after jihadists gave them several warnings since Friday, threatening to kill Ezzedine's parents, sister, wife and three kids.

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Religious Leaders Meet in Bkirki over Presidential Stalemate

Bkirki is scheduled to host on Monday a spiritual summit to press for the election of a new president amid an alleged call by Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Daryan to turn the meeting into a permanent institution for consultations among religious leaders.

Discussions during the 90-minute summit at the seat of the Maronite church are expected to focus on the challenges that Lebanon is facing, mainly the presidential deadlock, An Nahar daily reported.

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SCC Takes Demands to Street over Parliament's Stalemate

The Syndicate Coordination Committee is preparing for a rally near the Ministry of Education in Beirut's UNESCO area over the ongoing procrastination by officials to resolve the wage hike dispute.

According to al-Joumhouria newspaper published on Monday, public schools and institutions will close their doors to take part in the protest.

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Berri Says Mustaqbal-Hizbullah Dialogue is Necessary, AIPU Meeting in Beirut Next Month

Speaker Nabih Berri has stressed that the dialogue between al-Mustaqbal movement and Hizbullah has become a “national necessity,” which helped restore calm.

The talks between the two rivals proved that they are a “national necessity that achieved a tangible stability.”

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Bogdanov Calls on Lebanese Arch-Foes to Resolve Presidential Crisis

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov urged the Lebanese rivals to resolve the presidential deadlock to maintain stability, stressing that Moscow is seeking the election of a consensual president.

“This is the only solution,” Bogdanov was quoted as saying in comments published on Monday in local newspapers.

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Dinniyeh Man Killed Fighting in Idlib's Battles

A Lebanese resident of the northern city of Tripoli has died fighting alongside jihadists in the northwestern city of Idlib, media reports said on Sunday.

“Lebanese national Mustafa Khodr was killed in a suicide operation during battles he fought alongside the militants in Idlib,” Lebanon's NBN television said.

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Headless Body of Arsal Man Found after 'Decapitation by IS'

The body of a Arsal resident was found decapitated on Sunday in the outskirts of the northeastern border town, more than two months after he was abducted by Islamic State militants.

“The headless corpse of Lebanese citizen Younis al-Hujeiri, who was kidnapped more than two months ago, has been discovered in Arsal's outskirts,” al-Jadeed television reported.

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Daryan Says Halting Mustaqbal-Hizbullah Dialogue is 'Forbidden'

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Daryan called Sunday for pressing on with the bilateral dialogue between Hizbullah and al-Mustaqbal movement, as he suggested expanding it into all-party talks.

“We support the dialogues that lead to positive results that can preserve this country's unity and security and its citizens' piece of mind,” Daryan said.

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