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Lebanese Army Arrests Arab-Israeli Infiltrator

The Lebanese army has arrested an Arab-Israeli civilian who cut through barbed wire to cross the border into Lebanon, a security official said on Thursday.

"Ibrahim Zaydat entered Lebanon on Wednesday afternoon after cutting through a small section of barbed wire at the southeastern border, and was arrested by the army," the official told Agence France Presse.

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Govt. Relieves Syrians Seeking to Leave Lebanon of Residency Taxes

The government announced on Thursday a measure aimed at “encouraging” Syrian refugees to leave Lebanon.

Information Minister Ramzi Jreij revealed after a cabinet session that the government agreed to “relieve Syrians seeking to leave Lebanon of residency taxes.”

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Gunman Involved in Tripoli Clashes Released from Roumieh Prison

One of the gunmen arrested for his links to the clashes in the northern city of Tripoli has been released from Roumieh Prison.

LBCI television reported that Abou Taymour al-Dandashi was released after a short detention period.

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SCC to Stay in 'Battle' for Wage Scale

The Syndicate Coordination Committee vowed on Thursday to stay in its battle until the approval of the public sector wage scale, but its call for a general strike failed to paralyze all public institutions in Lebanon.

“We are protesting today to stress that we will remain in our battle for the approval of the pay hike,” said SCC official Mahmoud Haidar at a sit-in held near the Economy Ministry in Beirut.

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Israeli Troops Search Wazzani Area, Erect Earth Mounds

An Israeli infantry unit combed on Thursday the heights near the tiny village of Wazzani and the occupied town of Ghajar in southern Lebanon, the state-run National News Agency reported.

NNA said that the unit was backed by a Humvee and an Israeli drone that overflew al-Abbasiyeh and the occupied Shebaa Farms area.

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Jumblat Accepts Technical Extension of Parliament Term, Urges Rivals to 'Learn from Past'

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat voiced his consent to a “technical” extension of the parliament's tenure, calling on the political arch-foes to “learn from the past.”

“I will agree on a technical extension for a year, which should be accompanied by the election of a new head of state,” Jumblat said in comments published in al-Mustaqbal newspaper on Thursday.

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Hizbullah Agrees to Meet al-Rahi, Says Contacts Ongoing

Hizbullah doesn't oppose any meeting with Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi as the party stressed that contacts with Bkirki are ongoing.

“We don't mind to hold a meeting (with al-Rahi) at any time,” Hizbullah circles said in comments published in al-Joumhouria newspaper.

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Mashnouq Denies Foreign Mediation on Arsal Captives as Jihadists Set Deadline

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq has said he was not aware of the involvement of a regional country in the mediation to release the troops and policemen kidnapped by jihadists in the northeastern border town of Arsal earlier this month.

Al-Mashnouq told al-Akhbar newspaper published on Thursday that General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim is not in contact with any regional or Arab country in the efforts exerted at setting free the soldiers and Internal Security Forces members.

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Syrian Arrested in Barja for Slaughtering Niece

Security forces on Wednesday arrested a Syrian national in the Chouf town of Barja for slaughtering his niece “for family reasons.”

The Internal Security Forces said in a released statement that the body of the slain “Syrian national Nawwar al-Khaled, 21, was found slaughtered inside her relatives' house in the town of Barja.”

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Change and Reform Warns of Elimination of Christians in East, ISIL-Like Policies in Lebanon

The Change and Reform bloc condemned on Wednesday the “elimination” of Christians in the East, “stretching from Iraq and leading to the presidential palace in Baabda.”

A statement, read by Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil after the bloc's weekly meeting, said: “We demand a halt to the ISIL-like policies against Christians in Lebanon.”

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