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Youths Storm al-Jazeera Office in Beirut, Demand Apology to Army

A group of youths stormed on Sunday evening al-Jazeera television office in Beirut protesting against what was issued by it about the army.

The youths declared protesting in the television's building until an apology is presented by al-Jazeera.

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Hariri: Syrian National Coalition Complaint on Army's Arsal Raid Should've Mentioned Captive Troops

Head of the Mustaqbal Movement MP Saad Hariri criticized on Sunday the Syrian National Coalition's complaint to the United Nations Security Council over the Lebanese army's treatment of Syrian refugees in the northeastern region of Arsal, deeming it as a “misstep” and saying that it disregards the ties between the Lebanese and Syrian people.

He said in a statement: “The Syrian National Coalition has the right to defend the refugees' humanitarian rights … but the interests of the refugees and Syrian revolt also requires them to raise their voice and demand the release of the Lebanese soldiers and policemen abducted by Islamists in August.”

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Gemayel Acknowledges Discrepancies among March 14 Camp on Legislation

Kataeb Party leader Amin Gemayel recognized on Sunday the differences among the various parties of the March 14 alliance regarding next week's legislative session, reported the Kuwaiti daily al-Seyassah.

He told the daily: “The discrepancies are not unusual, because the alliance is not a single bloc, but each side has its own assessment of affairs.”

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Salam Supports Negotiations to Resolve Case of Abducted Soldiers

Prime Minister Tammam Salam hoped that the case of the soldiers and policemen abducted by Islamists from Syria will be kept away from political extortion, reported the pan-Arab daily al-Hayat on Sunday.

He told the daily that he supports holding negotiations with the captors in order to release the hostages, who were abducted in August.

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Jarrah Says 'FSA Mediation' Saved Captive Troops from 'Massacre'

Al-Mustaqbal bloc MP Jamal al-Jarrah on Saturday announced that the rebel Free Syrian Army has managed to save the captive Lebanese troops from a “massacre” at the hands of their jihadist kidnappers.

“One cannot say that negotiations have taken place until the moment, but rather efforts by a number of good-willed individuals to secure the release of the hostage troops,” Jarrah said in an interview on Future TV.

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Lebanese Boxing Champion Murdered in Vancouver

An expat Lebanese boxer has been murdered in the Canadian city of Vancouver and the motives are likely sport-related, a media report said on Saturday.

“Alaeddine Ramadan, a 20-year-old boxing champion in the Canadian city of Vancouver, was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds on Wednesday night,” LBCI TV reported.

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Abou Faour: Some Progress in Troops Case, Turkey Promised Salam to Help

Health Minister Wael Abou Faour revealed Saturday that Turkey has promised the Lebanese government to offer help in the case of the captive troops, noting that “some progress” has been made.

“Salam urged the Turkish state to intervene and Turkey has promised to act. I hope these (Turkish) remarks will help resolve this case,” Abou Faour announced at Dahr al-Baidar after meeting with families of abducted troops.

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Nusra Says Hizbullah Blocking Hostage Talks, Azzam Brigades Say Party Wants to 'Implicate Army'

Al-Qaida's Syria affiliate, al-Nusra Front, called on the Lebanese authorities Saturday to discuss its terms for the release of troops and police taken captive last month, and accused Hizbullah of impeding the negotiations.

Al-Nusra Front killed one of the hostages who were captured in fighting in the town of Arsal near the Syrian border. Jihadists of the Islamic State group beheaded the other two.

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Army Opens Fire on Driver for Not Stopping at Zgharta Checkpoint

A Lebanese man was lightly injured on Saturday when the army opened fire on him for failing to stop at a checkpoint in the district of Zgharta, the state-run National News Agency reported.

NNA said that the soldiers manning the checkpoint in the town of Ashash inspected Barraq Ammar's car and did not find anything suspicious in it.

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Vanishing U.S.-Lebanese Marine will be Tried on Desertion Charge

A Lebanese-born U.S. Marine who vanished from his unit in Iraq and later wound up in Lebanon for eight years will face trial on desertion and other charges, the military said Friday.

Maj. Gen. William D. Beydler has referred 34-year-old Cpl. Wassef Hassoun for a general court-martial on charges of desertion, larceny and destruction of government property, according to a news release from the Marines. No date has been set for Hassoun's trial at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, where he is being held.

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