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Lebanese Form Giant 'U' for Unity on Independence Day

Nearly 2,000 people gathered in Beirut Saturday to form a giant letter "U" -- standing for unity -- as the country struggles to contain the fallout from neighbor Syria's civil war.

Organised by the Beirut Celebration non-governmental organisation, the event marked Lebanon's 71st Independence Day anniversary.

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French Jihadist Describes Role in Lebanon Attack Plan

A French jihadist has described in court documents his path from the suburbs of Paris to Lebanon's capital Beirut where he was planning an attack on Shiite Muslims.

Fayez Yusef Bushran, originally from the Comoros islands, disclosed his journey in court documents seen by Agence France-Presse on Friday. He is also charged with membership of the Islamic State group (IS) and preparing a suicide bomb attack.

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Police to Close Beirut Suburbs to Traffic for Ashura

Lebanese police will prevent vehicles from entering the southern suburbs of Beirut from midnight as part of tight security measures imposed ahead of the Shiite Ashura commemoration, sources said Monday.

Security is usually tight for the event, but residents said this was the first time police were banning vehicles from the Shiite-majority southern suburbs the night before Tuesday's observance.

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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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Heightened Security Measures ahead of Ashura Peak on Tuesday

Hizbullah and the AMAL movement's security measures in and around Beirut's southern suburbs of Dahieh will reach their peak as the tenth day of Ashura approaches on Tuesday, reported the daily An Nahar on Saturday.

The residents of the area have voiced their satisfaction with the measures despite the traffic caused by the security efforts.

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Qatari Envoy Meets Servicemen's Captors in Arsal Outskirts as Families Await Talks Outcome

A Qatari mediator held negotiations Thursday with the militants of the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front in the outskirts of the Bekaa border town of Arsal, in a new bid to secure the release of 27 Lebanese troops and policemen held by the two extremist groups.

“The Qatari envoy headed at 3:45 pm to Arsal's outskirts after he was escorted by Lebanese security agents to the center of the town,” state-run National News Agency reported.

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Banque du Liban Accelerate 2014: Lebanon’s 1st International Startup Conference

Banque du Liban is celebrating the first anniversary of its Circular 331 startup fund, and its amending circular 367, by hosting Lebanon’s 1st international startup conference - Banque du Liban Accelerate

2014 - on Thursday November 20 and Friday November 21, 2014 at Forum de Beyrouth on the shores of the Mediterranean in Beirut, a press release said.

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Dubai Cuts Profile as Mideast Plastic Surgery Hub

Dubai, the emirate known for its celebration of over-the-top glamour and luxury, is racing ahead to dominate the Middle East's plastic surgery market with plans to attract half a million medical tourists in six years.

Where cosmopolitan Beirut was once the region's best known city for going under the knife, turmoil in Syria and violence often spilling into Lebanon is driving away wealthy Arab tourists. After splashing out on medical infrastructure over the past years, Dubai already ranks globally and aims to move up the list of top international destinations for medical tourism.

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Family: Body of Lebanese Businessman Found after Plane Crash

Lebanese businessman George Obaji's body was found in Cypriot territorial waters after his plane crashed en route to Beirut, his family and authorities said on Thursday.

The chief of Cyprus' aircraft accidents board said earlier that search crews found wreckage belonging to the small aircraft that vanished on Wednesday.

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Envoy Meets with Hizbullah after Talks with Salam, Bassil in Beirut

U.N.'s Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura met on Thursday with Prime Minister Tammam Salam and is expected to hold talks with Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil later in the day, on the other hand, he pointed out the "agreement" with Hizbullah on "a political solution" to end the war there.

“A new turn of events are controlling the region, in particular regarding the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant... and the International community is deeply concerned,” De Mistura told reporters after talks with Salam at the Grand Serail.

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