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British Minister for Security from Lebanon: ‘Your Security is our Security’

Minister of State for Security the Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP has ended a two day visit to Lebanon, where he highlighted the strength of the UK’s security partnership with Lebanon, a press release said on Friday.

During his two-day, the Minister met Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil and Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq; the heads of the Armed Forces, Internal Security Forces and General Security, as well as other senior security chiefs; and witnessed UK projects to support the Lebanese Armed Forces and Internal Security Forces.

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Army Grips Top Arms Dealers in Arsal Raid

The Lebanese army arrested two prominent arms dealers in the northeastern border town of Arsal, media reports said on Friday.

Early today, the army launched raids on the place of residence of a suspect identified as Bachir al-Hujeiri. He was arrested amid heavy gunfire.

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Miqati: Outcome of Baabda Meeting for Country's Benefit

Ex-PM Najib Miqati hailed on Friday the outcome of the Baabda consultative meeting that convened a day earlier at the invitation of President Michel Aoun, the National News Agency reported on Friday.

“We highly appreciate the outcome of the meeting held at the presidential palace which emphasized the implementation of the National Accord document (Taef Agreement). We continue to emphasize the need to implement the constitution in full in order to demonstrate the pros and cons and then hold a national workshop to discuss what must be amended in light of experience and practice,” said Miqati in a statement.

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Man who Fled to Israel Crosses Border into Lebanon

A Lebanese man who had fled with his family to Israel upon the Israeli army's withdrawal from the South in the year 2000 returned Thursday to Lebanon and turned himself in to Lebanese authorities, Lebanon's National News Agency reported.

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Qatar Adds Lebanon to Countries Exempt from Visa Requirements

Qatar on Thursday added Lebanon to its list of countries whose citizens are exempt from visa requirement to enter the Gulf country, Lebanon's National News Agency said.

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Hizbullah Bloc Says Syria, Iraq Developments Can 'Reflect Positively' on Lebanon

Hizbullah's Loyalty to Resistance parliamentary bloc noted Thursday that the rapid military developments in Syria and Iraq can “reflect positively” on Lebanon.

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Army Refers Nusra-Linked Detainee to Judiciary

A suspect linked to the jihadist al-Nusra Front group has been referred to the Lebanese judiciary, the army said on Thursday.

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Political Leaders Meet in Baabda, Agree on Political-Economic Vision

Political parties represented in the government convened in a consultative meeting on Thursday at the Presidential Palace in Baabda at the invitation of President Michel Aoun.

A closing statement said the conferees agreed on "continuing the implementation of the Document of National Accord (Taef Accord), especially in terms of harmonizing between preserving our democratic, pluralistic system and devising a clear vision with a specific timeframe for a full transition to a complete civil state.”

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Lebanese, Saudi Authorities Foil Captagon-Smuggling Attempt

In coordinated efforts between Lebanese and Saudi authorities, an attempt to smuggle 6 million pills of Captagon has been thwarted, the Internal Security forces said in a statement on Thursday.

“In pursuit of international networks involved in the manufacture and smuggling of Captagon pills, and as a result of follow-up by the Central Anti-Drug Bureau of the Judicial Police Unit and in close coordination with the competent security authorities in Saudi Arabia, an attempt to smuggle a massive amount of Captagon has been foiled,” an ISF statement said.

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Report: LF Says Goal to Provide Low Cost Electricity without 'Procrastination'

The Lebanese Forces stressed on Thursday that their basic request was to refer the electricity file to the Tender department of the Central Inspection Bureau to be thoroughly studied and assessed and referred to the government according to the norms, al-Joumhouria daily reported.

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