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General Security Arrests Syrian over Links to Terror Group

The Directorate of General Security arrested a Syrian national suspected of having links to a terror group, the directorate said in a statement on Tuesday.

“In line with efforts to track the activities of terror groups and sleeper cells, the General Security detained Syrian national Aa.M. against the backdrop of having links to terror groups,” said a General Security statement.

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Army Searches for Culprits behind Bqaa Sifrin Attack

Lebanese army units carried out extensive raids in north Lebanon in search of perpetrators involved in the armed attack against an army checkpoint in the Dinniyeh town of Bqaa Sifrin that left one soldier killed and another wounded.

“The army is running investigations to uncover the circumstances and the end of the terrorist attack at this particular timing. We do not deal lightly with this aggression. We consider it dangerous. It puts the army in front of the duty to increase readiness to prevent terrorists from achieving their goals to spread chaos in Lebanon starting from the north area,” a military source told al-Joumhouria daily on condition of anonymity.

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Presidential Election Example of Iran-Saudi Cooperation

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman says the Islamic Republic and its regional rival Saudi Arabia can and should cooperate to resolve regional crises.

Bahram Ghasemi told reporters in his weekly briefing that the recent OPEC agreement to cut oil production and the Lebanese presidential election were both recent examples of Iran-Saudi cooperation.

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Gemayel Says Some Don't Want 'Annoying' Kataeb in Govt.

Kataeb Party leader MP Sami Gemayel announced Monday that “Kataeb's voice annoys all parties” in the country because it is “different.”

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China's Syria Envoy Meets Hariri, Vows Continued Humanitarian Aid

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri held talks Monday at the Center House with the Chinese special envoy for Syria, Xie Xiaoyan.

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Kataeb Urges 'Burying' 1960 Electoral Law, Slams 'Absurd Conflict' over Govt.

The Kataeb Party on Monday called for “burying” the 1960 electoral law under which the last parliamentary polls were held in 2009, as it slammed what it called the “absurd conflict” over cabinet shares.

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Cyprus Maronite Minority Sees Chance to Save Ancient Language

In a village in northern Cyprus, a community struggling to save its ancient language has seen a glimmer of hope in intensified efforts to reunify the divided island.

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Zahra Fears 'Internal Tutelage' Could Block Taef Implementation

Lebanese Forces MP Antoine Zahra voiced hopes that efforts to implement the Taef Accord start without any obstruction from what he described as “internal tutelage.”

Addressing mayors of the Batroun area during a lunch banquet on Sunday, Zahra said: “We have always called for the implementation of the Taef accord, the establishment of civil peace, the unification of the country and the reinforcement of the state and its institutions.

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Aoun Meets Canadian Foreign Minister

President Michel Aoun held a meeting at the Presidential Palace with Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion where discussions touched on the Syrian refugees in Lebanon and highlighted the need for a political solution in Syria, the National News Agency reported Monday.

The issue of the displaced Syrians in Lebanon was discussed during talks between the two men, and Aoun focused on the “need for a political solution for the Syrian crisis which will reflect positively on the issue of displaced Syrians in Lebanon,” NNA added.

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Two Palestinian Security Force Members Injured in Ain el-Hilweh Attack

Two Palestinian security force members were critically injured when armed assailants opened gunfire at a security position in the southern refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh, the National News Agency reported Monday.

Unknown assailants opened gunfire at the position of the Palestinian joint security forces in Ain el-Hilweh injuring Mohammed Abdullah aka al-Iraqi and another member from al-Jaber family, NNA added.

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