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Expired Food Seized at Factory in Bekaa, Spoiled Fish in Beirut Warehouse

Inspectors from the Health Ministry seized on Friday a number of food products that violate safety standards at a factory in al-Rawda in the eastern Bekaa region, reported the National News Agency.

It said that the inspectors uncovered 2,500 kilograms of sugar without an expiry date or manufacturer on its labels.

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Boroujerdi Says Iran Keen on Lebanon's Stability, Baabda Deadlock is Local Issue

Chairman of Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Friday that Tehran was keen on Lebanon's stability and stressed it was up to the Lebanese rival factions to resolve the presidential impasse.

“The latest political developments in the region help consolidate stability in Lebanon,” said Boroujerdi following talks with Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail.

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Beirut is the Beacon for Designer Elie Saab

Tulip prints, light-as-air silk gowns and as many sparkles as stars in a Middle East night sky -- Elie Saab's haute couture show might have taken place in Paris on Wednesday, but his inspiration was clearly his native Beirut.

The Lebanese designer's elegant outfits have a solid fan following among the wealthy and the famous, several of whom attended the show in a museum a slipper's throw from the Eiffel Tower.

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Lebanon's Streets to become Free of Political Banners, Posters

The Lebanese authorities will kick off a campaign to remove all political and party posters, banners and flags that are erected in various areas across Lebanon, local newspapers reported on Wednesday.

The decision comes in light of the fourth dialogue session between al-Mustaqbal Movement and Hizbullah after the two parties agreed to further defuse the sectarian tension in the country and fortify the security situation.

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Army Arrests Suspected Terrorist in Beirut's Southern Suburbs

The army command said on Monday that the military has arrested a Syrian in Beirut's southern suburbs on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist organization.

Mohammed Ibrahim Youssef was apprehended in Haret Hreik at dawn Monday, said the army in a communique.

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King Abdullah: Lebanon's Key Backer

Saudi King Abdullah has been praised by top Lebanese leaders for supporting Lebanon at times of crises. Many of them described him as Lebanon's “Key Backer.”

One of his latest grants to Lebanon was in December 2013 when he pledged three billion dollars for the purchase of arms from France for the benefit of the Lebanese army.

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Arab Peace Initiative of King Abdullah

The foreign policies of Saudi King Abdullah, who passed away on Thursday, translated into a powerful assertion of Saudi Arabia's influence around the Middle East.

He floated the idea of the Arab Peace Initiative when he was crown prince at the 2002 Arab League summit that was held in Beirut.

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World Leaders Remember 'Islam-West Mediator' Abdullah

World leaders paid tribute to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on Friday, praising the late monarch as   a key mediator between Muslims and the West.

U.S. President Barack Obama said he and Abdullah, whose country has for decades been a strategic ally of Washington, had enjoyed a "genuine and warm friendship". 

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Reports: Terrorists Plotted to Target Casino du Liban

Militants were plotting to target Casino du Liban in Jounieh on New Year's Eve, Le Royal hotel and other major facilities, investigations with detained suspects revealed.

Local dailies said on Friday that al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front was plotting to attack the casino with a car bomb loaded with explosives and driven by Elie Warraq, who has been recently arrested.

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U.N. Official: Number of New Syrian Refugees Dropped by 44%

A U.N. official said on Tuesday that the flow of Syrian refugees into Lebanon has dropped sharply due to restrictions recently imposed by Lebanese authorities.

Although Lebanese border officials began informally restricting the entry of Syrians last October, the country officially imposed visa regulations earlier this month on their neighbors. The move was the first such in decades.

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