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Tensions Soar in Bekaa after Slain Soldier's Father Kills 'Abou Taqiyeh' Nephew

The body of Hussein Mohammed al-Hujeiri, who was kidnapped Tuesday, was found in a cemetery in the eastern city of Baalbek, the National News Agency reported.

Unknown assailants kidnapped al-Hujeiri Tuesday morning from the city of Baalbek and took him to an unknown destination, NNA said.

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Army Arrests IS Suspect in Arsal

The army arrested on Tuesday a prominent Islamic State group terrorist in the northeastern border town of Arsal, announced the National News Agency.

It said that Sameh al-Breidy was detained in a military operation in the town.

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Qahwaji Vows Efforts to Release Kidnapped Soldiers

Army Commander Maj Gen. Jean Qahwaji renewed on Tuesday the army’s pledge to carry on its efforts and unearth the fate of the soldiers that are held captive by the Islamic State group, the state-run National News Agency reported.

“On the 16th anniversary of Resistance and Liberation Day, I hereby renew the army’s commitment to uncover the fate of their fellow soldiers kidnapped by the terrorist groups,” said Qahwaji in his Order of the Day.

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North Prepares for Lebanon's Last Round of Municipal Elections

Preparations for Lebanon’s final round of municipal elections, set to take place Sunday, have started to take shape, as various influential political parties started forming joint lists, mainly in Tripoli, Batroun, Akkar and al-Koura, An Nahar daily reported on Tuesday.

In Tripoli, a major alliance between al-Mustaqbal Movement, ex-PM Najib Miqati, and the major local powers in the city face several electoral lists, namely those backed by resigned Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi.

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Report: Ibrahim Not Certain Security Situation Will Stay Stable

General Security chief Major Gen. Abbas Ibrahim said on Tuesday that he "cannot be certain" that Lebanon will maintain a stable security situation, taking into consideration the inflamed developments in the region, al-Joumhouria daily reported.

“If there hadn’t been constant threats, I wouldn’t have visited Washington where I held several meetings with security officials,” said Ibrahim in an interview with the daily.

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U.S. Embassy Sponsors Lebanon-U.S. Terrorist Designations Workshop with the Central Bank

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Richard Jones and Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh delivered on Monday opening remarks at the Lebanon-U.S. Terrorist Designations Workshop, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in collaboration with the Central Bank.

The two-day event brings together representatives from Lebanon’s legal and security institutions and the U.S. Departments of State, Treasury, and Justice to discuss the shared U.S.-Lebanese commitment to combating international terrorist finance.

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Communist Party Hails 'Remarkable Results' in South Elections

The Lebanese Communist Party declared Monday that it managed to achieve “remarkable results” in the municipal and mayoral elections that took place Sunday in the South and Nabatieh, after its candidates were able to win against the powerful Hizbullah-AMAL Movement alliance in several towns.

“The preliminary results of the polls that were held in the South and Nabatieh governorates have showed that the party has managed to achieve remarkable results,” the LCP said in a statement.

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Iran Says to Try to 'Speed Up' Held Lebanese Man's Case

Iran "will try to speed up" the case involving a detained U.S. permanent resident who advocates Internet freedom, an Iranian official said Monday, making the first government acknowledgment of the man's detention.

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Another Fake Bomb Discovered in Sidon

A fake bomb was found Monday in Sidon, media reports said, a day after a similar object was discovered during the southern city's municipal and mayoral polls.

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Salam from Istanbul: Syrian Refugees Will not be Naturalized in Lebanon

Prime Minister Tammam Salam stated on Monday that Lebanon does not accept any form of naturalization of the Syrian refugees or granting them the Lebanese citizenship, and urged U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon to rally the efforts to help displaced return to their homeland.

“Lebanon’s constitution does not allow it to neither accept nor reject any forms of integration, resettlement or naturalization of Syrian refugees,” emphasized Salam from the World Humanitarian Summit that kicked off in Istanbul on Monday.

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