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Protesters Rally Anew in Beirut as Numbers Dwindle

Around 60 civil society protesters staged a march Wednesday in downtown Beirut demanding better living conditions and health care in the country.

The activists first marched from Martyrs Square towards the Port of Beirut where they staged a sit-in calling for improved inspection and an end to customs evasion.

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Fenianos Says 2 Flights 'Escape Disaster' over Lebanon during Syria Raid

Two civilian flights “narrowly escaped a humanitarian disaster” Tuesday over Lebanon during an Israeli raid on targets in Syria, a Lebanese minister said on Wednesday.

Caretaker Public Works and Transport Minister Youssef Fenianos called Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri to “put him in the picture of what happened yesterday” during Israel's airstrike, the National News Agency said.

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Zakka's Family Says Hasn't Heard from Him since 10 Days

The family of Iran-held Lebanese national and U.S. green card holder Nizar Zakka announced Wednesday that contact has been lost with him since ten days.

“We the family of Nizar Zakkar, who is being arbitrarily detained in Iran, express grave concern over the fate of our son with whom direct communication has been severed since ten days. Lebanon's embassy in Tehran has also failed to secure any contact with him,” the family said in a statement.

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Israeli Drilling Works Continue on Border

Israeli forces continued Wednesday drilling works on Lebanon's border in search of suspected Hizbullah tunnels, the Lebanese National News Agency said.

“Enemy forces are continuing drilling works on the border with Kfarkila and the (Lebanese) army forced them to adjust their border wall plans,” NNA said.

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No Government Breakthrough Expected before Year's End

The new government will not be formed in the remaining days of 2018 according to media reports.

In remarks to Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq al-Awsat, informed sources ruled out “any breakthrough before the beginning of next year.”

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Netanyahu Says Destruction of Tunnels from Lebanon 'Nearly Done'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that the Israeli army's operation to locate and destroy cross-border tunnels dug by Hizbullah from Lebanon was near completion.

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Israeli Raid from Lebanon Airspace Hits Syria Hizbullah Target

Syrian air defenses shot down Israeli missiles near the capital Damascus on Tuesday, local state media reported, while Israel said it was protecting itself from anti-aircraft fire. 

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Hizbullah, FPM Pacify Rhetoric amid Tensions among Various Parties

The leaderships of Hizbullah and the Free Patriotic Movement have agreed to put an end to the media campaigns that strained the ties between the two allied parties in recent days, media reports said.

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Ibrahim Renews Mediation as Raad Says Talks 'Not Back to Square One'

General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim has renewed his mediation that is aimed at finding a solution for the standoff over the sixth Sunni minister in the new government, media reports said.

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Aoun Slams Those 'Creating New Norms' in Govt. Formation

President Michel Aoun on Tuesday accused some parties of seeking to create “new norms” for the formation of governments in Lebanon.

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