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Deaths and Injuries in Several Traffic Accidents

Four people were killed and another four injured at dawn Thursday when two passenger vans collided on the highway in the eastern town of Ferzol.

Witnesses told Naharnet that a green van was heading from Zahle towards Ablah when it struck another white van coming from the other direction.

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Draft-law to Stem Growing Child Marriage Trend

At 13, Samiha left school and the home she shared with 10 people near Baalbek in eastern Lebanon to live in a tent with her new husband, a 41-year-old tradesman.

"I didn't feel anything, I didn't have a choice," she said of the marriage, arranged by her father.

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Abou Talha, Tripoli Resident Who Carried Out Suicide Bombing in Baghdad

A suicide attacker who hails from Tripoli has carried out a bombing in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, an operation which was met with mixed reactions by the residents of the northern city.

According to a statement issued by the Vilayet of Baghdad, which is part of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, suicide bomber Hisham al-Hajj detonated a booby-trapped car carrying 300 kilograms of explosive material in an assembly of the Shiite Muslim militia Asaib in Baghdad on the morning of Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

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Patriarchs of the Orient Deplore International, Arab 'Silence' over Christians' Persecution, Demand Fatwa against Takfiri Threat

The patriarchs of the Orient on Wednesday strongly deplored the Arab countries and the international community's “silence” over attacks against Christians in the Middle East, calling for issuing fatwas against takfirism and for stopping any support for terrorist groups.

“It has become known that attacks against Christians are taking a dangerous turn that threatens them, especially in Egypt, Syria and Iraq where they are victims of crimes and are forced to leave (their towns),” Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi's envoy Bishop Boulos Sayyah said after a meeting of Christian clerics of the Orient in Bkirki.

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Al-Rahi Urges 'Immediate' Election of New President: I don't Nominate or Exclude Anyone

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi demanded MPs on Wednesday to “immediately elect a new president based on whom they think is the strongest” candidate.

"I don't have any (favored) presidential candidate and I don't nominate or exclude anyone,” al-Rahi told the diplomats of the five permanent member countries of the U.N. Security Council.

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Wahhab's Arab Tawhid Party Closes its Syria Offices

The Arab Tawhid Party announced on Wednesday that it was closing all of its offices in Syria in light of the emerging reports of a spike in clashes in predominantly Druze region of Swieda in the neighboring country, said the National News Agency.

The media office of party leader, former minister Wiam Wahhab, added that the Arab Tawhid Party will no longer carry out any activity in Syria.

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Lebanese Kidnapped in Nigeria Released for Ransom

A Lebanese expatriate, who was kidnapped in Nigeria, was released for ransom, reported the National News Agency on Wednesday.

It said that Saadallah al-Seqlawi was abducted some ten days ago by gunmen in Nigeria.

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Salam Meets Berri: Competition among Politicians Jeopardizing Lives of Soldiers taken from Arsal

Prime Minister Tammam Salam criticized on Wednesday the tense political rhetoric between various political powers, saying that “they do not help Lebanon in confronting the security danger.”

He said after meeting Speaker Nabih Berri at Ain el-Tineh: “Competition among politicians is putting at risk the lives of the soldiers and policemen taken captive in Arsal.”

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Two Kids Struck by Car and Killed

Two children were killed when they were struck by a vehicle in Beirut, the state-run National News Agency reported on Wednesday.

NNA said that Fatima Wehbe Hamdan was driving her car on the Beirut Airport road when she hit two-year-old Zakaria Osama al-Tufaili and Sara Abbas Wehbi, 5.

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France Detains Accomplice of Napoleon Hotel Potential Suicide Bomber

Authorities in Paris have detained a man suspected of being the accomplice of a Frenchman who is originally from the Comoros islands and who was arrested in Beirut on charges of having links to the Islamic State of the Iraq and the Levant.

The pan-Arab daily al-Hayat reported on Wednesday that the French suspect, who was detained in Paris, entered Lebanon with Fayez Bouchran, who was arrested by Lebanese authorities in June 20.

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