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Israeli Army Plants Spying Device on Border with Lebanon

An Israeli military unit erected on Monday a utility pole carrying spying equipment near the occupied Shebaa Farms area in the South, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The pole was placed at the Farms Gate near Berket al-Naqar, it said.

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Army Detains Eight Syrians as Crackdown on Refugees Continues

The army intelligence arrested on Monday eight Syrian refugees and referred them to the competent judiciary for questioning.

The state-run National News Agency reported that the army intelligence raided several places in the northern Koura district where Syrian refugee are residing.

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Report: Hizbullah Kidnaps Nusra Front Members to Exchange with Arsal Captives

Hizbullah reportedly abducted three high-ranking members from the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front, the Kuwaiti al-Rai newspaper reported on Monday.

According to sources, Hizbullah abducted the three officials in Syria's al-Qalamun region, where Hizbullah has been taking part in the fighting to aid President Bashar Assad's troops.

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Report: Lebanese, Syrian Fighters Heading to Iraq to Help IS and Set up Sleeper Cells in Lebanon

Lebanese nationals and Syrian refugees have traveled to Iraq to join the Islamic State group's fighters and to train there to set up terrorist cells in Lebanon, An Nahar daily reported on Monday.

The fighters have been traveling to Iraq since mid-June, the newspaper quoted informed officials as saying.

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Report: Nusra Front to Keep Shiite Hostages in Custody to Use as Pressure Tool

The al-Qaida-affiliated al-Nusra Front will reportedly keep the Shiite Lebanese hostages it had kidnapped last month in the northeastern border town of Arsal, al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Monday.

Sources told the newspaper that jihadists will soon free Sunni, Christian and Druze abductees but will keep the Shiites in their custody.

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Mashnouq in Moscow this Month as Qahwaji Sets Stage for Activation of Russian Military Grant

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq is expected to visit Moscow on September 18 to sign a deal to buy military equipment for the Internal Security Forces, al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Monday.

Lebanon will buy the equipment from a recently announced $1 billion Saudi grant to Lebanon, it said.

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Jumblat Calls for Swift Trial of Islamist Inmates to End Crisis

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat called on Monday for the swift trial of the Islamist gunmen to reduce tension in the country, rejecting any attempts to exchange the abducted security personnel with Islamist inmates.

He slammed the judiciary, considering if it didn't neglect the trials of the Islamist prisoners, it would have averted a crisis.

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Salam Warns against Strife, Rejects Sectarian Classifications

Prime Minister Tammam Salam expressed surprise at instigation campaigns carried out by certain parties over the case of Lebanese soldiers and security forces members taken captive by jihadists in the northeastern border town of Arsal.

In remarks to As Safir newspaper published on Monday, Salam warned against turning the issue into a “sectarian strife through irresponsible behavior.”

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Salam Says Efforts over Hostages Ongoing Quietly as Scholars Voice Optimism

Prime Minister Tammam Salam on Sunday said that a ministerial panel tasked with following up on the issue of the abducted troops was pressing on with its work “away from the media spotlight,” as the Muslim Scholars Committee promised “good news.”

During a high-level security meeting at the Grand Serail, Salam expressed relief over the release of five hostage soldiers on Saturday, hoping the ongoing efforts will soon lead to the freeing of the rest of captive army soldiers and policemen.

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Berri: Electing President Must be a Priority, Taef Needs to be Implemented Not Manipulated

Speaker Nabih Berri on Sunday stressed that putting an end to the presidential void must be a “priority,” noting that the Taef Accord should be “implemented” rather than “manipulated.”

“The election of a new president should be a priority because the confidence of citizens and the world in Lebanon would erode should we continue our failure to elect a president,” said Berri in a televised speech marking the 36th anniversary of the disappearance of revered Shiite cleric Imam Moussa al-Sadr, the founder of the AMAL Movement that the speaker heads.

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