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Lebanese-American Witness in Mueller Probe Arrested for Child Porn

George Nader, a well-connected Middle East fixer for the Trump campaign and a witness in the Russia meddling investigation, has been arrested for possessing child pornography, the Justice Department said.

Nader, who joined meetings between top aides of President Donald Trump and Middle East officials and also lobbied for the United Arab emirates, was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on charges of "transporting visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct," the department said.

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NGOs Say Lebanon Demolitions Will Make Syrian Kids Homeless

Lebanon's planned demolition of concrete shelters housing Syrian refugees near the border could make at least 15,000 children homeless, aid groups warned Tuesday.

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4 Troops Killed as IS 'Lone Wolf' Attacks in Tripoli

A lone gunman using a motorcycle fired on police and army vehicles in different parts of the northern city of Tripoli on Monday night, killing two police officers and two soldiers and wounding several others before blowing himself up later when confronted by troops, the army and the state-run National News Agency said.

Troops were deployed in areas of the city to search for the attacker, who was tracked down to an apartment, the army said. It said members of an elite military intelligence force stormed the apartment early Tuesday and opened fire at the suspect, who then set off an explosive belt he was wearing.

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Syria Hands Lebanon 2 Citizens Nabbed in Arsal Outskirts

The Lebanese General Security agency on Monday was handed over by Syrian authorities the Lebanese nationals Wissam Kranbeh and Nayef Rayed, Lebanon's National News Agency said.

The two men will now be interrogated by the agency, NNA added.

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Bassil Says Bid to 'Sabotage' Presidential Settlement Won't Succeed

Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil on Monday said that there are political parties that are “seeking to sabotage the presidential understanding,” referring to the political settlement that led to President Michel Aoun's election and Prime Minister Saad Hariri's designation.

“Some are seeking to sabotage the presidential understanding, and they have expressed their madness to achieve this sabotage but they won't succeed,” Bassil said at a press conference dedicated to putting the public in the picture of the FPM ministers' “achievements” over the past 100 days.

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Iran May Soon Release Zakka 'at Aoun's Request'

Iranian authorities might soon release Lebanese detainee Nizar Zakka from prison, Iranian media reports said on Monday.

“Zakka's release will take place at the request of Lebanese President Michel Aoun, who has called on Iranian authorities to free him,” the Tabnak news portal, which is close to Iran's revolutionary guard, said.

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Military Court of Appeals Challenges Hajj-Ghabash Ruling

State Commissioner to the Military Court of Appeals Ghassan al-Khoury on Monday filed an appeal before the court against the Military Court's controversial acquittal of Lt. Col. Suzanne al-Hajj in the Ziad Itani case.

The National News Agency said Khoury called for a retrial of al-Hajj and the hacker Elie Ghabash and for considering the verdicts as null and void.

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Satterfield Reportedly Warns over 'Any Rash Act' against Israel, U.S. Interests

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield has clearly told Lebanese officials that Washington “supports Lebanon's stability and sovereignty,” a diplomatic source said, referring to Satterfield's latest meetings in Lebanon.

The U.S. official, however, relayed a warning against any “rash act” on the Lebanese-Israeli border or against U.S. interests in Lebanon, whether it came from Hizbullah or Iran-backed Palestinian factions, the source told al-Liwaa daily in remarks published Monday.

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Report: Mustaqbal Says Bassil Seeking Appointments Hegemony

The current confrontation between the Free Patriotic Movement and al-Mustaqbal Movement is linked to FPM chief Jebran “Bassil's attempt to control the expected (administrative and security) appointments, Mustaqbal sources said.

“Al-Mustaqbal Movement feels that Bassil is staging a preemptive campaign over appointments in preparation to the post-Eid al-Fitr cabinet session,” the sources told al-Akhbar newspaper in remarks published Monday.

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Mustaqbal Denies Hariri Has Called Bassil Asking for Pacification

Al-Mustaqbal Movement sources have denied a report claiming that Prime Minister Saad Hariri had held phone talks Sunday with Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil and told him that he is keen on the presidential settlement.

Al-Akhbar newspaper reported Monday that Hariri told Bassil that he “will not personally engage in the responses campaign that is being led by al-Mustaqbal Movement's hawks and its media outlets.” The premier meanwhile asked Bassil to “pacify the rhetoric from his end,” al-Akhbar said.

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