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Relatives of Kidnapped Elderly Block Jdita Road

Relatives of a 74-year-old man who was abducted on Wednesday, blocked the road in the eastern Bekaa town of Jdita protesting his kidnapping, the state-run National News Agency reported Thursday.

The angry relatives blocked the road with dirt and trucks, NNA said.

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Army Sets Checkpoints in Nabatieh

The Lebanese army has erected checkpoints on the roads and entrances leading to the southern town of al-Nabatieh, the National News Agency reported on Thursday.

NNA said ,army troops and military vehicles were positioned at the checkpoints in search for fugitives.

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Bou Assi: Int'l Community Has No Intention to Naturalize Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Social Affairs Minister Pierre Bou Assi stressed Wednesday that “the international community has no intention at all to naturalize Syrian refugees in Lebanon.”

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74-Year-Old Man Kidnapped in Qab Elias

A 74-year-old man was abducted Wednesday in the Bekaa town of Qab Elias, state-run National News Agency reported.

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Rocket Fired from Arsal Outskirts Hits al-Nabi Othman amid Army Crackdown

A rocket fired from the outskirts of the Bekaa border town of Arsal landed Wednesday in the plain of the nearby town of al-Nabi Othman, media reports said.

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Mashnouq: Elections to be Held on Time unless New Law Passed

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq announced Wednesday that the parliamentary elections “will be held on time” under the controversial 1960 electoral law unless a new law is passed.

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Hariri Chairs Cabinet Meeting: Holding Elections is Govt.'s Priority

Prime Minister Saad Hariri presided Wednesday over a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail, during which he stressed that the government's “priority” is the organization of parliamentary elections.

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Gemayel to Berri: Discussing an Election Law Part of Parliament's Duties

Kataeb party chief MP Sami Gemayel stressed on Wednesday that the parliament should have included the controversial electoral law on its agenda in order to vote on one.

“The parliament's duties is to include, discuss and approve an election law during its meeting,” said Gemayel.

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Parliament Passes 19 Laws in Legislative Session, Election Law Not on Agenda

The parliament held its first legislative session in 2017 on Wednesday after quorum was met with 65 lawmakers, in a meeting that was chaired by Speaker Nabih Berri.

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Lebanese Army Closes Illegal Border Crossings in Hermel

The Lebanese army kicked off efforts early on Wednesday and closed the illegal crossings on the Lebanese-Syrian border in the northern Beqaa district of Hermel, media reports said.

It embarked on closing the crossings near the towns of al-Qasr and Hosh Sayyed Ali, the reports added.

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