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Report: Satterfield Admits Block 9 Belongs to Lebanon, Suggests 'Giving Something' to Israel

Assistant U.S. Secretary of State David Satterfield admitted during negotiations with Lebanese leaders that the offshore gas Block 9 belongs to Lebanon as he urged them to "give something" of it to Israel, al-Hayat newspaper reported.

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Syria Says Repelled Infiltration from Lebanon, 1 Dead

Syrian border guards have clashed with a group of people attempting to sneak into the country from neighboring Lebanon, Syrian state media reported , saying one "terrorist" was killed.

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Satterfield Meets Israeli Minister over Gas Row with Lebanon

Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz met Sunday with a senior United States official seeking to defuse an escalating oil and gas dispute with Lebanon, his office said.

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Refugees Evacuated, Families Trapped as Heavy Rains Wreak Havoc across Lebanon

Flooding caused by heavy rains has caused damages across Lebanon, trapping Lebanese families and destroying Syrian refugee encampments.

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UNDP Administrator Meets Officials, Highlights Impact of Syrian Crisis on Lebanon

Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Achim Steiner, visited Lebanon on February 15 and met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Speaker Nabih Berri and Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq, the UNDP said in a statement Saturday.

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Report: Israel 'De-escalates' Gas Dispute after 'Warning' from Drilling Companies

Drilling companies working offshore Israel have sent “warning signals” to Israeli authorities that escalating a dispute with Lebanon over oil drilling rights "could push them to withdraw which prompted Israel to de-escalate” tensions, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

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U.S. Accuses 3 Men of Trying to Export Drone Parts to Hizbullah

A federal grand jury in Minnesota indicted three people on charges that they conspired to export drone parts and technology from the U.S. to the Iranian-backed Hizbullah in Lebanon, authorities announced Friday.

The U.S. Attorney's office for Minnesota said two of the suspects — brothers Usama and Issam Hamade — are now in custody in South Africa, while the third, Samir "Tony" Berro, remains at large.

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Lebanese Man, Wife Killed in Turkey, Child Missing

A Lebanese man and his Syrian wife have been killed in Turkey's Istanbul while their son has gone missing, Lebanon's National News Agency reported on Friday.

The agency said the crime occurred overnight Thursday in Istanbul's Arnavutkoy area.

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Aoun: Refugee Crisis Solution More Urgent than Ever

President Michel Aoun on Friday called for an urgent solution to Lebanon's Syrian refugee crisis.

“The refugees definitely want to return to their country to live in it in dignity instead of staying in encampments and gatherings,” Aoun said in a speech at a conference for the Rotary International organization at Beirut's Phoenicia Hotel.

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Nasrallah Tells State It Has Hizbullah Support in 'Gas Battle', Warns of U.S. 'Devils'

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday warned the Lebanese state that the U.S. “is not an honest mediator” in the dispute with Israel over offshore gas drilling rights, urging it to show “strength” and “courage.”

“It seems that the entire region has entered the oil and gas battle,” Nasrallah said in an annual televised speech commemorating Hizbullah's slain leaders Ragheb Harb, Abbas al-Moussawi and Imad Mughniyeh.

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