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Judge Charges Four over IS Affiliation

State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr pressed charges against four individuals, two Lebanese and two Syrians, over affiliation to the Islamic State terrorist group, the National News Agency said on Saturday.

The suspects were accused of carrying out terrorist acts, preparing for suicide attacks, bombing security forces' centers and checkpoints in close proximity to official headquarters, NNA added.

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Illegal Immigrants Ring Facilitating Prostitution Busted in Dora

General Security forces in Mount Lebanon busted 36 African suspects in Beirut's Dora area on charges of residing illegally in Lebanon and for facilitating prostitution, the National News Agency reported Saturday.

“After thoroughly tracking members of the network, comprised of 36 individuals of different African nationalities, General Security Intelligence Units were able to bust the cell and confiscate some amounts of hashish and cocaine in their possession,” NNA said.

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Army Raids in Masharih al-Qaa in Search of Gunmen

The Lebanese Army staged wide security raids at dawn on Saturday in the northeastern region of Masharih al-Qaa and arrested tens of suspects, the National News Agency reported Saturday.

The Airborne Regiment, a Land Border Regiment unit and the Army Intelligence staged the raids in the Syrian refugee encampments in Masharih al-Qaa in search of fugitives, NNA added.

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Israel Readies for 'Super-Tech' Stealth Fighters, Keeps Eye on Hizbullah

Israel will Monday receive its first F-35 stealth fighter jets, hailed as technological marvels whose helmets alone cost more than most people's homes but criticised for their price and initial flaws.

Built by US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, the first two planes' arrival in Israel is being welcomed as a major event for the country's military as it seeks to maintain dominance in the turbulent Middle East.

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Hariri Says Berri 'Very Keen' on Govt. Formation, Line-Up May be Announced 'Very Soon'

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri announced after talks with Speaker Nabih Berri on Friday evening that the parliament speaker is “very keen” on a speedy formation of the new government, noting that the line-up of the cabinet might be finalized “very soon.”

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Mashnouq: Ministry Ready to Organize Parliamentary Polls 'within Legal Deadlines'

Caretaker Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq announced Friday that his ministry is ready to organize the 2017 parliamentary polls within “the deadlines stipulated by law.”

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Israel Army Says Hizbullah Map was Just 'Illustration'

The Israeli army acknowledged Friday that a "declassified map" it released earlier this week showing alleged armed deployment by Hizbullah across southern Lebanon was merely an illustration.

The army said that the map, which Israeli media said was circulated to foreign diplomats as evidence of alleged Hizbullah hostile intentions, was not based on any new intelligence.

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On International Human Rights Day Shorter Welcomes Human Rights Commission

Ambassador Hugo Shorter has welcomed the new Human Rights Commission, in a speech to civil society, Lebanese officials and the international community.

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Plastic Surgeon Reported Missing Found Dead in Sidon

The body of a man who has been reported missing 40 days ago was found in the southern city of Sidon with a driver's license next to him carrying his name and place of residence, the National News Agency reported Friday.

The body which carried clear signs of torture, belongs to citizen Haitham Ali Raad (from Bednayel, born in 1965) residing in Beirut's southern suburbs, NNA added.

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Zahra: Aoun's Tenure an Opportunity to Implement Taef Accord

Lebanese Forces bloc MP Antoine Zahra said on Friday his party has always carried the project of building the State, noting that “the LF seeks partnership as stipulated by the Taef Accord.”

In an interview on LBCI, Zahra said his party saw in President Michel Aoun a chance to re-implement the Taef agreement “as originally drafted and not as previously applied.”

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