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Israeli Troops Hurl Stun, Smoke Bombs at Wazzani Shepherds

Israeli soldiers threw stun grenades and smoke bombs towards shepherds in the southern Lebanese border region of al-Wazzani on Friday, the Lebanese army said.

“In a new violation of Lebanese sovereignty, an Israeli enemy patrol hurled three smoke bombs and two stun grenades towards shepherds who were grazing their herds in the al-Wazzani region inside Lebanese territory,” the army said in a statement.

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ISF Says 2 Republican Guards Held after Assaulting Traffic Policeman

Two soldiers from the army's Republican Guard Brigade on Friday beat up a traffic policeman from the Internal Security Forces as he was performing his traffic control duties, the ISF said in a statement.

ISF chief Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Basbous contacted Republican Guard chief Brig. Gen. Wadih al-Ghafari in the wake of the incident as the Army Command launched a probe into the case, the ISF added.

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Qahwaji Meets U.S. Officials, Calls for Protecting Lebanon's Stability

Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji has wrapped up a one-week visit to the U.S. during which he urged U.S. officials to contribute to insulating Lebanon from the raging regional conflicts, the army said on Friday.

“General Qahwaji offered an extensive explanation about the Lebanese army's capabilities and the grave responsibilities it is shouldering, especially in terms of confronting and fighting terror and controlling and protecting the borders,” the army added.

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Mashnouq, Aoun Discuss ISF Vacancies

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq said on Friday that he discussed with Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun the vacancies in the leadership of the Internal Security Forces.

“I discussed with Aoun filling vacancies in the leadership of the ISF,” al-Mashnouq said after meeting the Change and Reform bloc leader in Rabieh.

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Khalil: Lebanon Must Mobilize Resources to Continue Battle against Terrorism

Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil asserted on Friday that Lebanon's banking sector has been able to prove to the world and international bodies that our country is committed to international laws in their fight against terrorism and money laundering.

“Despite the deepening economic crisis that obstructed the constitutional institutions in Lebanon, starting with the election of a president, we have been able to put Lebanon's interest first which enabled the country and its banking sector to address international bodies and show them that Lebanon is committed to international laws in their fight against terrorism and money laundering,” said Khalil at the opening of the Banking Forum held at BIEL.

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Salam Meets World Leaders in Munich

Prime Minister Tammam Salam held separate talks on Friday with top Western and Arab officials, including U.N. special envoy Staffan de Mistura, in Germany.

Salam discussed with de Mistura, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov the situation in Lebanon and the region.

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Jreij: Contract to Export Garbage to be Inked Next Week

Information Minister Ramzi Jreij asserted on Friday that the contract to export Lebanon's garbage will be signed next week as soon as the Council for Development and Reconstruction receives an original copy of the Russian consent.

“The contract to export the waste will be signed next week either on Tuesday or Wednesday after the CDR receives the original copy of the Russian approval,” Jreij told the Voice of Lebanon Radio (100.5).

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Canada Defense Minister Says No Cooperation with Hizbullah

Canadian authorities will not deal with Hizbullah officials as they prepare to deploy military advisers to Lebanon as part of Ottawa’s new strategy to fight the Islamic State extremist group, Canada’s Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan has said.

“We will only deal with the legitimate government of Lebanon and will not deal with Hizbullah,” Radio Canada International (RCI) quoted Sajjan as saying on Thursday.

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Officials Scramble to Contain Differences on Eve of Hariri Murder Anniversary

Officials scrambled on Friday to contain the dispute between al-Mustaqbal Movement chief Saad Hariri and Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi that threatened to widen the divide among the parties forming the March 14 alliance a few days before the assassination anniversary of former PM Rafik Hariri.

An Nahar daily said that contacts are underway to contain the differences between Hariri and Rifi, which erupted after the Justice Minister withdrew from a cabinet session on Thursday because the government failed to discuss the possible referral of the trial of former Minister Michel Samaha to the Judicial Council.

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Hizbullah, Mustaqbal Discuss Region Developments, Stress Need to Protect Stability

Hizbullah and al-Mustaqbal movement discussed the rapid regional developments during their dialogue session on Thursday and stressed the need to protect Lebanon's stability.

The conferees “tackled the ongoing developments in the region and the possible repercussions on Lebanon,” the two parties said in a statement issued after their 24th dialogue session in Ain al-Tineh.

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