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Kataeb: Ruling Class Seeking to Manipulate Results of Legislative Vote

The opposition Kataeb Party on Tuesday accused the ruling political class of seeking to “manipulate the results” of the upcoming parliamentary elections.

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Israel Says 'Hizbullah-Operated' Drone over Golan Heights was Intercepted

Israel's military fired a Patriot missile on Tuesday to bring down what it said was an Iranian-made drone operated by Hizbullah on a reconnaissance mission over the Golan Heights.

The drone took off from a Damascus military airport before entering the demilitarized zone approaching the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan Heights, Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus told the AFP news agency.

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Israeli Warplanes Stage Raids on Border East of Shebaa

Israeli warplanes have executed two air raids on al-Rashaha hill located at the Lebanese-Syrian borders east of the Shebaa town, the National News Agency said on Tuesday.

“Two intense explosions were heard east of Shebaa particularly on al-Rashaha hills,” said VDL (93.3).

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Berri Chairs Parliament Meeting, Reiterates Need to Cut Extension Term Despite Opposition

Lawmakers convened on Tuesday in a parliament session in Nejmeh Square under the chairmanship of Speaker Nabih Berri to tackle 42 items on the agenda in addition to the oil and gas exploration petroleum activities file.

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Report: Al-Talli Allegedly Seeks 'Vengeance' against Nasrallah

Top official of the jihadist al-Nusra Front group in the border region between Syria and Lebanon, Abu Malek al-Talli, has reportedly given orders to his “elements in the southern refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh" to stand by for “vengeance against Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Tuesday.

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Bassil Replies to Berri: Slashing Parliament's Term Harms Electoral Reforms

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil replied to Speaker Nabih Berri's suggestion to slash the parliament's already extended term and said that it “hits reforms,” introduced with the country's new electoral law, the National News Agency reported Tuesday.

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Aoun Asks ICRC Head to Help on Refugees, Missing Bishops, Cameraman

President Michel Aoun held separate talks Monday in New York with the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, and Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit.

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Berri Says His Bloc Lodged Draft Bill to Slash Parliament's Extended Term

Speaker Nabih Berri on Monday announced that his Development and Liberation bloc had submitted a draft law under which the extended term of the current parliament would expire on December 31, 2017 instead of May 21, 2018.

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Jreissati Seeks Legal Action against 'Rumors' after Aoun's Call

Justice Minister Salim Jreissati on Monday asked State Prosecutor Samir Hammoud to prosecute anyone spreading “rumors” in the country, a day after President Michel Aoun warned of “a systematic campaign to deviate attention from the achievements that have been made.”

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Gemayel Criticizes Govt., Calls for 'Scrapping' Magnetic Voter Card

Kataeb party leader MP Sami Gemayel on Monday lashed out at the government's general performance mainly stressing the need to scarp the newly approved magnetic voter card arguing that that it “hits the freedom of voters.”

“The magnetic voter card has become one of the main reasons to forge the parliamentary elections. It must be scrapped immediately,” said Gemayel in a press interview.

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