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Spain, Israel Agree Joint Probe on Peacekeeper's Death in Lebanon

Spain and Israel have agreed to carry out a joint investigation on the death of a Spanish U.N. peacekeeper who was killed in Lebanon during Israeli shelling near the border, Madrid said on Friday.

The soldier was killed on Wednesday when the Israeli military shelled border areas in southern Lebanon following a Hizbullah attack that left two Israeli soldiers dead, Spanish authorities said.

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Teen Briefly Abducted from Arsal

Armed men kidnapped on Thursday night a teenager in the northeastern border town of Arsal and took him to the village's outskirts, the third such operation in ten days.

He was later released on Friday afternoon, reported the National News Agency.

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Lebanon Files U.N. Complaint against Israel for Violating 1701

The Foreign Ministry on Friday submitted a complaint against Israel to the U.N. Security Council over its violation of Resolution 1701 through the retaliatory shelling that followed Hizbullah's operation in the occupied Shebaa Farms.

The complaint was filed through Lebanon's envoy to the U.N. Nawwaf Salam.

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Nasrallah: We No Longer Recognize Rules of Engagement, We Will Go to War if Imposed on us

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah declared on Friday that the party no longer recognizes the rules of engagement with Israel, saying that it has the right to respond to an Israeli attack in any way or time it deems fit.

He said: “The resistance no longer recognizes the rules of engagement and it has the right to respond to the enemy at any time or place.”

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Expired Food Seized at Factory in Bekaa, Spoiled Fish in Beirut Warehouse

Inspectors from the Health Ministry seized on Friday a number of food products that violate safety standards at a factory in al-Rawda in the eastern Bekaa region, reported the National News Agency.

It said that the inspectors uncovered 2,500 kilograms of sugar without an expiry date or manufacturer on its labels.

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Boroujerdi Says Iran Keen on Lebanon's Stability, Baabda Deadlock is Local Issue

Chairman of Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Friday that Tehran was keen on Lebanon's stability and stressed it was up to the Lebanese rival factions to resolve the presidential impasse.

“The latest political developments in the region help consolidate stability in Lebanon,” said Boroujerdi following talks with Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail.

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Revelers, Employees of Pub and Restaurant Robbed at Gunpoint

Two masked gunmen robbed at dawn Friday revelers and employees at a pub and a restaurant in and near Beirut, the state-run National News Agency reported.

NNA said the armed men entered Lock Stock pub in the area of Mar Mikhael at around 4:00 am, robbed the customers after threatening them and escaped in a silver Kia Cerato.

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Jumblat Says Abiding by Dissociation Policy Difficult amid Circumstances

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat lamented on Friday the Baabda Declaration, stressing that abiding by the dissociation policy is no longer possible.

“Implementing the declaration among the circumstances (the country is passing through) is impossible... We should be patient,” Jumblat said in an interview published in An Nahar newspaper.

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Yazigi Says Election of President Safeguards Security, Stability

Greek Orthodox leader Youhanna X Yazigi has stressed that the election of a new president in Lebanon would create stability and help the authorities confront the regional turmoil.

Yazigi, who is the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, expressed regret that Lebanese lawmakers have failed to elect a successor to President Michel Suleiman, whose term ended in May.

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Report: Government Mulling to Ask for Anti-IS Coalition Support

The Lebanese government is mulling to ask the anti-Islamic State coalition to expand its operations to the Lebanese-Syrian border area from where extremists are carrying out attacks on the Lebanese army, a report said Friday.

High-ranking political sources told the Kuwaiti al-Seyassah newspaper that the cabinet is studying to officially ask the coalition to carry out air raids on the IS and al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front militants.

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