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Parliament Scraps Controversial Rape-Marriage Law

The parliament approved on Wednesday the annulment of a controversial law allowing rapists who marry their victims to go free, after a high-profile campaign for its repeal.

Article 522 of the penal code, which exempts the rapist from punishment in the event of his marriage to the victim, was scrapped during a legislative session held at Nejmeh Square.

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Parliament OKs New Governorate as Protesters Spell Out Demands

In line of a legislative session set to convene on Wednesday at Nejmeh Square in Downtown Beirut, a number of protesters rallied adjacent to the parliament building in a bid to pressure the authorities into approving their demands, as lawmakers approved the establishment of a new governorate.

Civil Defense volunteers gathered in Beirut's Riad al-Solh Square demanding the parliament to sign a decree that makes them full-time employees. They also demand that the retirement age be raised.

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Berri: Amendments to Wage Scale, Tax Hike Bills Can't Be Discussed at Parliament Today

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri has expressed his “readiness to facilitate” the introduction of bills to amend some aspects of the wage scale law and the accompanying taxes to secure its funding resources, “if presented to the general assembly of the parliament,” the pan-Arab al-Hayat daily reported on Wednesday.

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Army Shells IS Positions, Captures New Border Areas

The Lebanese army continued pounding the Islamic State positions along the Syrian border overnight, massing reinforcements and pounding the area with artillery shells and rockets, the National News Agency reported.

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Berri Condemns Burkina Faso Attack, Calls for 'Global War' against Terrorism

Speaker Nabih Berri on Tuesday, condemned the terrorist attack in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou late Sunday, that killed 18 individuals including 3 Lebanese, the National News Agency reported.

Berri expressed his deep condolences and sorrow for “all victims from all nationalities, especially those of Lebanese origin who carried their dreams and hopes from the south and north of Lebanon in search of job prospects and a decent life abroad,” he said on a statement issued by his media office.

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Army Scores Direct Hits on IS Posts in Ras Baalbek

The Lebanese Army shelled with heavy artillery the posts of the Islamic State militant group on the outskirts of Ras Baalbek scoring direct hits, the National News Agency reported on Tuesday.

Using rocket launchers the army bombarded the area of Khirbet Daoud, NNA said.

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Jumblat Says Govt. Must Stop Squandering Before Approving Wage Scale, Budget

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat took to Twitter on Tuesday listing a number of measures that he said if applied by the Lebanese government would help the country get out of its “recession” or prevent it from “falling.”

“Before (deciding on) the wage scale or state budget, you should first deal with the huge squandering as mentioned in (Lebanese daily) Ad Diyar. You should also stop the electricity and telecommunication projects,” said Jumblat is a tweet.

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Israeli Official 'Warns' Lebanon Over Nasrallah's 'Threat'

Israel's education minister “warned Lebanon” following what he described as “threats” by Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

Naftali Bennett, a member of Israel's security cabinet, said any future attack by Hizbullah would be considered a "declaration of war by the Lebanese state" as a whole. He said Israel won't operate "surgically" in the next war with Hizbullah.

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Three Lebanese Among 18 Dead in Burkina Faso Restaurant Attack

Three Lebanese nationals were among the victims of the terrorist attack that targeted a Turkish restaurant in Burkina Faso on Monday and left 18 individuals dead, Lebanon's authorities said.

Lebanon's Foreign Ministry identified in a statement the victims as Ahmed al-Beli, Mohsen Fneish and his Canadian wife who was pregnant at the time.

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Lebanon War Adoptees Abroad Dig to Unearth Roots

Dida Guigan was just two weeks old when she was whisked out of war-torn Beirut by her new parents, one of thousands of children adopted internationally during Lebanon's civil war.

She spent nine years looking for her Lebanese birth mother, only to find her living an hour away from the Swiss village where Guigan was raised by her adoptive family.

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