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SCC Takes to the Streets and Bou Saab Warns: Academic Year at Risk

The Syndicate Coordination Committee held on Wednesday a protest near the education ministry in Beirut's UNESCO area to pressure MPs into approving the pay hike, as Minister of Education Elias Bou Saab warned that the academic year is “in danger.”

“Official exams are at risk and the academic year is at risk,” Bou Saab said after meeting with a SCC delegation in the afternoon.

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Italian Court Delays Ruling for Berlusconi Ally Dell'Utri

Italy's top court on Tuesday said it was delaying a ruling for a key political ally of Silvio Berlusconi, after both the lawyers of former senator Marcello Dell'Utri said they were sick.

The judge said the Dell'Utri hearing -- which concludes a legal case that has lasted for more than two decades -- will now be held on May 9.

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Security Plan to Be Implemented in Beirut Soon

The army and Internal Security Forces' security plan that has been implemented in the northern city of Tripoli and in the eastern Bekaa Valley will soon be brought to Beirut, reported the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat on Sunday.

The plan will soon be implemented in Beirut's western neighborhood, southern suburbs, and Tariq al-Jadideh district.

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Saqr Issues Arrest, Search and Investigation Warrants against 200 Suspects

State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr issued around two hundred arrest and search and investigation warrants against suspects who had breached security across Lebanon.

According to the state-run National News Agency reported on Monday, Saqr issued 200 arrest and search and investigation warrants last week against 200 criminals from the northern city of Tripoli, the city of Bekaa and Beirut.

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Interior Ministry Denies Woman Jailed for Several Days at Beirut Airport Basement

The interior ministry denied on Friday a report that a woman from an Arab country was arrested by “unofficial” security personnel and jailed at Rafik Hariri International Airport.

The denial came in response to an article published in pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat this week, claiming that the woman was kept for several days in a secret jail lying several stories below the ground at the facility.

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Naameh Landfill to Close Permanently in 2015 as State Set to Tackle Crisis of Solid Waste

Environment Minister Mohammed al-Mashnouq stressed on Tuesday that al-Naameh landfill will be shut down in 2015 indefinitely, pointing out that a crisis plan will be set to deal with the crisis of solid waste in the country.

“We should focus on the main issues out of our keenness to safeguard the health of the citizens,” Mashnouq said in comments published in al-Liwaa newspaper.

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Salam Condemns Beirut Clashes, Blames them on Spread of Arms

Prime Minister Tammam Salam condemned on Sunday the clashes that broke out at at dawn near Beirut's Sports City, saying that they are part of the “ongoing developments that violate the state's authority,” reported Voice of Lebanon radio (100.5).

He blamed in a statement the unrest on the spread of weapons among the people.

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One Killed in Clashes between Shaker al-Berjawi Supporters, Salafists near Beirut's Sports City

One person was killed and at least ten were wounded on Sunday in clashes that erupted at dawn between Salafists and supporters of Arab Movement Party leader Shaker al-Berjawi near the Sports City center in Beirut.

Al-Jadeed television identified the victim as Khalil Nabil al-Hanash, whom Agence France Presse said Hanash was a member of the Arab Movement Party.

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Roads Blocked in Beirut over Killing of Young Man at Pro-Arsal Demo

Protesters blocked two key roads in Beirut on Wednesday to condemn the death of the young man Hussam al-Shawwa who was hit by a bullet Tuesday during a pro-Arsal demo.

“A number of young men blocked the Sports City road with burning tires in protest at the death of the young man Hussam al-Shawwa,” state-run National News Agency reported.

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Two Arrested over Suspicious Vehicle near ISF Barracks in Beirut

A suspicious vehicle was found parked near the entrance of an Internal Security Forces barracks in Beirut on Friday, reported LBCI television.

It said that the army arrested two people over their links to the incident that took place near al-Helou barracks in the Corniche al-Mazraa neighborhood.

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