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Naameh Landfill Closure Deadline Expires, Protesters Stage Sit-in

The residents of the town of Naameh that lies south of Beirut and nearby areas staged on Friday a sit-in near the landfill after the last truck left the facility following the expiry of the deadline for its closure.

The trucks of Sukleen, which is responsible for collecting and transporting the garbage in Beirut and Mount Lebanon, operated early Friday backed by security forces.

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Report: Qatar Promised Ibrahim to Revive Hostages File

General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim has returned from Doha with pledges to revive the prisoner exchange deal between the Lebanese authorities and jihadists who have taken Lebanese servicemen captive, al-Joumhouria newspaper reported Thursday.

Ibrahim, who is the official Lebanese negotiator in the case of the troops and policemen, returned to Beirut on Wednesday after a two-day visit to Qatar.

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Syrian Girl Killed by Stepmother for Being Paralyzed

A woman has admitted to killing her husband's daughter, a Syrian, in Blat Jbeil north of Beirut, for being paralyzed, the state-run National News agency reported Wednesday.

NNA said Nazliyeh Ziad Hammoud, 13, was found dead at her father's house at dawn Wednesday.

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Italian FM Concerned over Baabda Vacuum, Says Lebanon Can Preserve Coexistence

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who is on an official visit to Beirut, has expressed concern over the presidential crisis in Lebanon.

“A commitment to elect a president concerns all the Lebanese,” Gentiloni told An Nahar daily in an interview published on Tuesday.

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Naameh Landfill Crisis Set to Grow as Closure Deadline Looms

A major crisis looms on the Naameh landfill this week as environmentalists warned that they would stop trucks from hauling waste there starting Friday, which coincides with Eid al-Fitr.

The landfill that lies in the town of Naameh south of Beirut is scheduled to be closed in accordance with a government decision.

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Reports: Amchit Child Kidnap Ringleader Arrested

Police arrested on Friday the Lebanese ringleader of a gang which kidnapped a six-year-old child in the Jbeil district town of Amchit last week, reports said.

The man, S.Aa., was apprehended by the Internal Security Forces Intelligence Branch in the town of Dora near Beirut, which lies around 40 kilometers away from Amchit, they said.

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Sources: Ibrahim in Turkey Next Week over Lebanese Hostages

General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim is expected to travel to Turkey next week to discuss with Qatari officials the case of Lebanese servicemen taken hostage by jihadists last year.

Security sources told al-Akhbar daily published on Friday that Ibrahim, who is the official Lebanese negotiator in the case of the troops and policemen, will inform the Qataris that Lebanon has completed the file on the prisoner exchange which was mediated by Doha's envoy.

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Eichhorst Regrets Leaving Lebanon without Seeing Election of President

European Union Ambassador to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst has expressed regret that she will leave Lebanon at the end of her mission amid a continued vacuum at the presidential palace in Baabda.

In remarks to An Nahar daily published on Friday, the diplomat said: “I regret that I will leave Beirut in this situation, without knowing when a president will be elected.”

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Syrian Troops and Hizbullah Attack Border Mountain Resort

Syrian troops backed by members of Hizbullah began a major offensive Saturday under the cover of intense airstrikes to retake a rebel-held mountain resort while opposition fighters retaliated by shelling the capital Damascus.

Taking the rebel-held town of Zabadani would tighten Hizbullah's grip on Syrian territories bordering Lebanon and would strengthen the Syrian government's control over of the Beirut-Damascus highway.

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Report: Army Thwarts Terrorist Plot in North Bekaa

The Lebanese army has thwarted a terrorist plot to target areas in North Bekaa with dozens of rockets, An Nahar daily reported on Thursday.

The newspaper said that the army arrested 30 people, three of them holding the U.S. nationality, after it received information about the plot.

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