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Reports of Booby-Trapped Car in Dahieh Dismissed as Rumors

Claims that a booby-trapped vehicle had made its way to Beirut's southern suburbs of Dahieh created a stir in the country on Friday.

The allegations were however dismissed as rumors by a prominent security source, reported al-Joumhouria newspaper on Saturday.

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Man Lands in Hospital over Stray Cow in Naameh

A stray cow has left one person injured after two vehicles collided on the Naameh highway south of Beirut, the Traffic Management Center and Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) said.

Several cars collided as the cow was crossing the highway, said VDL.

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Sarcastic Berri Says on the Verge of Joining Protests over Waste Crisis

Speaker Nabih Berri has mockingly said that he was on the verge of joining civil society activists in anti-government demonstrations sparked by the garbage crisis.

In remarks to his visitors, Berri said: “Let no one talk to me about any issue before we settle the waste crisis.”

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Man Arrested for Fighting with Army in 2013 Abra Battles

The Lebanese army said it has arrested a man suspected of involvement in clashes with the military in a suburb of the southern city of Sidon two years ago.

The military said in a communique that an “army unit arrested Firas Abdul Latif Hakawati in Sidon for participating in the fighting with the army during the Abra events in 2013.”

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Activists, Police Clash Near Energy Ministry

Activists from “We Want Accountability” movement and security forces clashed on Tuesday near the Energy Ministry after the protesters blocked one of the facility's entrances.

Ministry employees told them that the ministry is a red line, refusing to remain trapped in their offices in Beirut's Corniche al-Nahr area.

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Salam: I Support the Civil Movements' Demands

Prime Minister Tammam Salam disclosed on Monday that he supports the demands of the civil society, slamming accusations that the demonstrations are orchestrated from abroad.

“The demands of the civil society are righteous, I am probably somewhere in support of their demands and I'm not with the political forces in this matter,” Salam told the pan-Arab al-Hayat daily.

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Daryan Says Dialogue, New President to Resolve Political Crises

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Daryan led Eid al-Adha prayers on Thursday, calling for dialogue and the election of a president to resolve the country's growing political crises.

“Political crises are increasing, institutions are getting paralyzed and the presidential elections are not being held,” said Daryan in his sermon at Mohammed al-Amin Mosque in downtown Beirut.

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Jumblat: Seychelles Proposal Result of Immature Conditions for Presidential Polls

Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblat has mocked the failure to elect a new president by proposing to move the national dialogue from Beirut to the islands of Seychelles.

In remarks to As Safir daily published on Wednesday, Jumblat said he made the proposal to insist that “the conditions are not yet ripe for the election of a president.”

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Shehayyeb Says Waste Plan Closer to Implementation as Naameh Activists Reiterate Rejection of Landfill Reopening

Agriculture Minister Akram Shehayyeb said Wednesday that his waste management plan is on the right track of implementation to resolve the country’s two-month garbage crisis.

“Preparations for the implementation of the plan are ongoing and the work is serious,” Shehayyeb told al-Joumhouria newspaper. “It has become closer to reality.”

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Dialogue Parties Tackle Electoral Law, Appointments as Activists Throw Balls across Barrier

Lebanon's rival leaders met on Tuesday for the third round of national dialogue amid heavy reinforcements made by security forces to stop protesters from reaching the parliament building in downtown Beirut's Nejmeh Square.

A terse statement said the conferees focused on the issue of the presidential vacuum and that the next rounds of national dialogue will be held on October 6, 7 and 8.

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