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Mustaqbal Delegation Returns to Beirut after Meeting Hariri in Riyadh

A Mustaqbal Movement delegation returned overnight to Beirut aboard a private jet after a short visit to the Saudi capital Riyadh, the state-run National News Agency reported on Friday.

The news agency said that the delegation, which was headed by head of al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc MP Fouad Saniora, discussed with the movement's chief Saad Hariri the latest developments in Lebanon.

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In Lebanon, Syrian Newborns Risk Statelessness 

Nearly 30,000 Syrian children born as refugees in Lebanon are in a legal limbo, not registered with any government, exposing them to the risk of a life of statelessness deprived of basic rights.

It is a problem that is replicated, to varying degrees, in nations across the Middle East where more than 3.3 million Syrians have found safe haven from the intractable civil war in their homeland.

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Basbous Chosen as Best Arab Man in 2014 for Wise Leadership

Internal Security Forces chief Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Basbous was bestowed recently with the Golden Order of Merit for Wise Leadership in the Arab World.

The award was granted by the Tatweej Academy for Excellence in the Arab Region Awards and hosted in Dubai.

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Report: Army Intelligence Detains Prominent ISIL Leader

The army intelligence has detained a prominent leader at the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), who was allegedly planning to carry out terrorist acts in Lebanon.

A military source told al-Joumhouria newspaper published on Friday, that the arrest was carried out two days ago, without revealing any further details.

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Berri Inquires U.S. about Role in Lebanon-Israel Maritime Border Dispute

Speaker Nabih Berri has asked Lebanon's Ambassador to Washington to inquire the U.S. administration about the reasons behind the procrastination of a top energy diplomat in resolving the territorial dispute between Lebanon and Israel.

Berri told his visitors on Thursday that he asked Ambassador Antoine Chedid to ask the State Department on why Amos Hochstein has stopped his mission.

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Report: ISF Arrests Baathist Network that Kidnaps Anti-Assad Syrians

The Internal Security Forces Intelligence Branch has arrested a network allied with the Syrian regime that kidnaps opposition members and hands them over to the authorities in Damascus, al-Mustaqbal daily reported on Friday.

The newspaper quoted a high-ranking security official as saying that the cell is led by Majed Mansour, a Baath Party official in the West Bekaa.

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Larijani in Lebanon over Weekend En Route to Damascus

Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani is expected to arrive in Beirut over the weekend for talks with senior Lebanese officials.

The Iranian official will reportedly hold talks with his Lebanese counterpart Speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Tammam Salam and prominent Hizbullah officials, al-Joumhouria newspaper reported on Friday.

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Report: Detained Abdullah Azzam Militant was Involved in Shatah's Assassination

A senior militant recently detained by the Lebanese army was involved in the assassination of Minister Mohammed Shatah, the transfer of suicide bombers who killed dozens of people, in addition to several other terror offenses, media reports said on Thursday.

“Mahmoud Ahmed Abu Abbas was arrested in (the Bekaa town of) Majdal Anjar before being immediately transferred to the defense ministry building,” al-Mayadeen television reported.

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Govt. Admits Negotiations 'Tough' as Masri Says Met with 9 IS-Held Captives

The government admitted Thursday that the negotiations to release the captive servicemen are “tough” and “moving slowly,” as Lebanese cleric Sheikh Wissam al-Masri announced that he met the captors who belong to the Islamic State group in the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal.

“The crisis cell will continue its efforts to secure the release of the servicemen although the negotiations are tough and moving slowly,” Information Minister Ramzi Jreij announced after a cabinet session at the Grand Serail.

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Abou Faour: Major Violations at Wheat Silos, Ministry Employees Colluded to Acquit Culprits

Health Minister Wael Abou Faour announced Thursday that there are major violations at the wheat silos of the Beirut Port, as he unveiled “collusion” by some Health Ministry employees who tried to cover up embezzlement at health institutions in the North.

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