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Cautious Calm Prevails in Sidon Camp as Clashes Kill Man

Cautious calm prevailed Saturday morning in the southern Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh following a night of heavy armed clashes that left one man dead and several others injured, the National News Agency reported.

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Lebanon Signs Offshore Drilling Deal amid Row with Israel

Lebanon Friday signed its first contract to drill for oil and gas off its coast with a consortium comprising energy giants Total, ENI and Novatek, including in a block disputed by Israel.

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Qabalan Calls for Campaign to Support Lebanon's Oil Extraction Rights

The deputy head of the Higher Shiite Islamic Council, Sheikh Abdul Amir Qabalan voiced calls to launch vigorous campaigns to support Lebanon's right to extract its oil, preserve its borders and sovereignty following Israel's threats against the country, the National News Agency reported on Friday.

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Rahi Presides St. Maroun Mass as Aoun, Berri Attend

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi held a mass on St. Maroun day at St. Maroun Church in Gemmayyze in the presence of President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri.

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Report: Lebanon Defends Oil Rights, Turns to UNCLOS

Lebanon's Foreign Ministry is taking steps to refute Israel's claim about Block 9 oil field reaching to the international law and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), al-Joumhouria daily reported on Friday.

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Several Lebanese, Syrians Injured in Koura Town Brawl

Several Lebanese and Syrian citizens were injured Thursday in a brawl in the Koura District town of Batroumine, the National News Agency said.

“Clashes and fistfights erupted between them in the same building following acts of provocation,” NNA said.

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Satterfield Tours Blue Line, Meets Aoun and Army Chief

David Satterfield, the U.S. acting assistant secretary of state, on Thursday toured the Blue Line – the U.N.-demarcated border line between Lebanon and Israel – amid high tensions in the area.

Accompanied by General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, Satterfield arrived earlier at the headquarters of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in Naqoura where he held talks with the force commander Maj. Gen. Michael Beary.

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Lebanese Prosecutor Demands Death for Killer of UK Woman

A Lebanese investigative judge on Thursday demanded the death penalty for a suspected killer of a British woman whose body was found near Beirut two months ago.

Lebanese officials said Judge Hanna Breidi issued an indictment Thursday demanding the maximum penalty for Tarek Houshi, 29, accusing him of raping Rebecca Dykes before strangling her with a rope.

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Lebanon Says Contacts Underway to Ease Tensions with Israel

Diplomatic contacts are underway between Beirut and "friendly countries" to ease tensions with Israel over a cement wall it is building along the border which Lebanon says would encroach on its territory, the government said Thursday.

Acting information minister and Social Affairs Minister Pierre Bou Assi told reporters after a government meeting that top Lebanese officials are in contact with the United Nations and some countries that he did not name to try and decrease tensions that have escalated over the construction of the wall.

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6 Teachers Briefly Detained after Scuffles near Baabda Palace

Six teachers staging a sit-in near the presidential palace in Baabda were arrested Thursday after they attempted to block the road, the National News Agency said.

The protest that was held during a cabinet session at the palace witnessed scuffles between teachers and security forces.

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