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Ahmed Miqati, 17 Others Charged with Terrorism, 'Islamic Emirate' Plot

State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr on Thursday filed terror charges against the dangerous detainee Ahmed Miqati and 17 others.

"The military judiciary has received the terrorist detainee Ahmed Salim Miqati, 46, who is one of the top cadres of the ISIL (Islamic State) group and goes by the noms de guerre Abu Bakr and Abu al-Hoda," state-run National News Agency reported.

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Qatari Envoy Meets Servicemen's Captors in Arsal Outskirts as Families Await Talks Outcome

A Qatari mediator held negotiations Thursday with the militants of the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front in the outskirts of the Bekaa border town of Arsal, in a new bid to secure the release of 27 Lebanese troops and policemen held by the two extremist groups.

“The Qatari envoy headed at 3:45 pm to Arsal's outskirts after he was escorted by Lebanese security agents to the center of the town,” state-run National News Agency reported.

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Wanted Robbery Suspect Arrested in Bekaa

Police said Thursday they have arrested one of the most wanted robbery suspects in the eastern Bekaa Valley after he tried to escape from a patrol in the town of Brital.

The Internal Security Forces said in a communique that 29-year-old D.Aa. was apprehended on Wednesday.

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Gemayel in Bnashii for Talks with Franjieh

Kataeb party MP Sami Gemayel met on Thursday with Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh on the third day of his tour on Christian leaders.

Gemayel headed to Zgharta's Bnashii for talks with Franjieh a day after he met with Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun.

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NDU, USJ Suspend Student Elections as Geagea Regrets Decisions

Notre Dame University – Louaize and Saint Joseph University decided on Thursday to suspend student elections for the current academic year.

The decision comes in light of a quarrel between the Lebanese Forces and Free Patriotic Movement students on Wednesday over the erection of electoral banners at the main NDU campus.

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Extension of Parliament's Term Likely during Nov. 5 Session

Speaker Nabih Berri scheduled on Thursday a parliamentary session for November 5, which media reports suggested will be used to extend the parliament's term.

The National News Agency said that Wednesday's session will be aimed at studying and approving draft-laws.

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More Arrests as Army Clampdown on Militants Continues

The army said on Thursday that it has arrested a Lebanese man who admitted to smuggling arms to jihadists taking position on the Lebanese-Syrian border as the military rounded up dozens in its clampdown on militants.

Abdullah Mahmoud al-Hujairi was apprehended in the area of Wadi Hmeid in the northeastern border town of Arsal, said an army communique.

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Report: Gunmen in North Lebanon Fled Clashes during Truce

Gunmen, who engaged in deadly battles with the Lebanese army in the northern coastal city of Tripoli and in Akkar over the weekend, deserted their positions and fled the scene after they realized that they will not be able to stand firm against the army, As Safir newspaper reported on Thursday.

According to the daily, gunmen linked to fugitives Shadi al-Mwalawi and Ousama Mansour in Tripoli's al-Tabbaneh neighborhood decided to leave their position after Mawlawi posted a voice record accusing Muslim scholars of “abandoning them.”

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Israeli General Says Hizbullah Threat Greater than Gaza

Hizbullah is more dangerous than militant groups operating in the Gaza Strip, an Israeli army general said, expressing belief that the party has dug tunnels across the border from Lebanon in preparation for any future war with the Jewish State.

As a result of the greater threat from Hizbullah and in the event of a future conflict, the Israeli army will have to take “many more decisive acts and employ much more power” than it did in Gaza, Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan, commander of Israeli forces on the Lebanese and Syrian fronts, told Army Radio on Wednesday.

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Plumbly Rules Out Naturalization of Syrian Refugees

U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly ruled out the naturalization of Syrian refugees, denying international pressure to keep the displaced in Lebanon.

In remarks to As Safir daily published on Thursday, Plumbly said: “The issue of the naturalization of the Syrian refugees is out of the question.”

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