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Ambassadors of U.S., UK Meet Army Chief, Highlight Lebanese-Syrian Security Project

Lebanese Army Commander General Joseph Aoun discussed on Tuesday with British Ambassador to Lebanon Chris Rampling and U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard the progress in the security project on the Lebanese-Syrian border, the British embassy in Beirut said in a statement.

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Aoun: Lebanon to Wait for Investigation Results of Alleged Hizbullah Tunnels

President Michel Aoun received on Tuesday the UNIFIL commander, Maj. Gen. Stefano Del Col in Baabda where discussions focused on the developments in south Lebanon following Israel’s intention to launch Operation Northern Shield to demolish alleged Hizbullah tunnels, the National News Agency reported on Tuesday.

The President announced that “Lebanon will wait for the results of field investigations following Israeli claims that Hizbullah has dug tunnels into Israel,” NNA said.

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Israel Army Says Delegation Heading to Russia over Lebanon Ops

An Israeli army delegation will head to Moscow on Tuesday to brief their Russian counterparts on operations to destroy Hizbullah tunnels from Lebanon, the military said.

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Hariri Meets Aoun, Speaks of 'Possible Solutions' for Govt. Crisis

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri held talks Monday in Baabda with President Michel Aoun after which he announced that there are “possible solutions” for the government formation crisis.

“We discussed several proposals regarding the government issue and there are possible solutions,” said Hariri after the meeting.

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'The Country is Gone': Alameh, Dib Clash over New Song

Lebanese popstar Ragheb Alameh and a number of artists have slammed remarks voiced by MP Hikmat Dib of the Strong Lebanon bloc as a “Daeshist threat.”

“This person’s head must be chopped off. What does he mean by ‘the country is gone’? What is this irresponsibility!” Dib said in an interview on OTV, referring to Alameh’s new Arabic-language political song ‘Tar el-Balad’, which roughly translates into ‘The Country is Gone’ or ‘The Country is Lost’.

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Israel Army Chief, UNIFIL Commander Discuss 'Border Tunnels'

Israel's military chief has met with the head of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon to discuss the discovery of alleged tunnels Israel says were built by Hizbullah to carry out attacks.

Last week, Israel began an open-ended operation to destroy the suspected tunnels.

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Mashnouq Says ISF Thwarted Bombing Attacks by IS

Caretaker Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq on Monday revealed that the Internal Security Forces have discovered and thwarted planned bombing attacks by the Islamic State group.

Mashnouq told reporters that the bombs were smuggled in from the rebel-held northwestern Syrian province of Idlib in buckets of cheese, and were intended for targeting places of worship, gatherings of Christians and military posts.

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Berri, Hariri Meet Aoun in Baabda after 'Urgent Invitation'

President Michel Aoun held talks Monday in Baabda with Speaker Nabih Berri and was scheduled to meet with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri.

Media reports said the meetings follow an urgent invitation from Aoun and are aimed at exploring means to break the government formation deadlock.

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Qaouq Says ‘No Bend, No Break’ Formula Available for Govt.

A senior Hizbullah official, Nabil Qaouq said there are many suggestions that guarantee the allocation of a ministerial seat for the so-called Independent Sunni MPs “without excluding anyone,” the National News Agency reported on Monday.

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Jubeir Affirms Saudi Backing for Hariri, Rejects ‘Iran, Hizbullah’s’ Roles

The Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir affirmed Saudi backing for Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri’s endeavors in forming a national consensus government, and “rejected Iran’s interference in Lebanon and Hizbullah’s role.”

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