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Residents of Ain Dara Protest Establishment of Cement Factory

Residents of the Mount Lebanon town of Ain Dara gathered on Wednesday in the area of Dahr al-Baydar at the request of the town’s municipal chief to protest against the establishment of a cement plant in the town, the National News Agency reported.

The people banned cement mixer vehicles from entering the village, NNA added.

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Cabinet Postpones Telecoms File Discussions

The cabinet met on Wednesday with plans to address the extension of the contracts of the mobile service providers but adjourned discussions to a later session that was scheduled for the week after.

Prime Minister Tammam Salam chaired the meeting at the Grand Serail to address the telecommunications sector, amid statements made by Telecommunications Minister Butros Harb before joining the ministers at the cabinet that the issue will be postponed to another session.

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Office of Al-Jadeed TV Owner Attacked Overnight

Unknown assailants opened gunfire overnight at the office of owner of al-Jadeed TV Tahsin Khayyat in Beirut's Bir Hassan neighborhood, the National News Agency reported on Wednesday.

The agency said that the shooting inflicted material damages on the building where the office is located.

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Report: Army Ups Security Precautions to Counter Terror Plots

The Lebanese army has upped its security measures recently to counter any acts of sabotage that could be carried out by terror groups, a senior security source told al-Joumhouria daily on Wednesday.

The daily added that Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji will issue his Order of the Day marking Army Day on the first of August. Qahwaji will pinpoint the elements of danger that could be threatening Lebanon and will also issue guidance to the military force to maintain high alert to counter any potential menace.

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Mustaqbal Warns Hizbullah Policies Drawing Arab Anti-Lebanon Stances

Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc on Tuesday warned that Hizbullah's “continued involvement in Syria and Iraq poses a threat to the Arab interest, the Lebanese interest and the interests of the Lebanese in the Arab world.”

“It also puts the Lebanese officials in embarrassing and confusing positions during their participation in the Arab summits and meetings, while straining their ties and the ties of all Lebanese with the Arab countries,” said the bloc in a statement issued after its weekly meeting.

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Change and Reform Lauds Salam's Stance on Refugees, Sees 'Promising Signs' on Presidency

The Change and Reform parliamentary bloc on Tuesday lauded the stance that voiced by Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Arab Summit, where he called for creating safe areas for the refugees inside Syria and setting up an Arab fund aimed at helping the host nations.

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Geagea Says Hizbullah 'Not Serious' in Backing Aoun, Vows to Keep Pressing for General's Election

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea pledged Tuesday to keep pressing for the election as president of his new ally, Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun, while noting that the latter's other key ally, Hizbullah, is “not serious” in its support for Aoun's presidential bid.

“The Syrian hegemony has left but 'the angels of the hegemony era' are still controlling state institutions, seeing as we have been without a president for two years and four months now. The presidency is currently in captivity and we are sparing no effort to secure its release,” Geagea told MTV in a phone interview marking 11 years since his release from prison.

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Lebanon Voices Reservations on Summit's Hizbullah Text, GCC 'Dissociates' Itself from Solidarity Clause

Lebanon voiced reservations over a phrase in the closing statement of the Arab League Summit that labeled Hizbullah “terrorist,” as the majority of Gulf states “dissociated themselves” from endorsing a clause expressing “solidarity with Lebanon.”

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Al-Rahi 'Did Not' Ask Franjieh to Withdraw in Aoun's Favor

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi did not ask Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh to withdraw from the presidential race in favor of Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun during their meeting on Monday, patriarchate sources have said.

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Report: IS 'Emir' in Ain el-Hilweh Plotting Major Attacks across Lebanon

Imad Yassine, the so-called emir of the Islamic State group in the Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, has received orders from IS foreign operations chief Abu Khaled al-Iraqi to stage major Iraq-like bombings across Lebanon, a media report said on Tuesday.

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