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Al-Rahi to Hold Expanded Meeting to Address Threat against Christians in Mosul

An expanded meeting aimed at tackling the persecution of Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul will be held at the summer seat of the Maronite Patriarchate in Diman in August, reported As Safir newspaper on Saturday.

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi will chair the meeting scheduled for August 7, revealed Bishop Boulos Sayyah to the Central News Agency.

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Army Fire at Syrian Jet Raiding Border Region, Hizbullah Seizes Control of Hill near Arsal

Tension prevailed on Friday on the Lebanese-Syrian border near the Arsal plains, where clashes are ongoing between Hizbullah fighters and gunmen in the region.

LBCI television reported that a Syrian MiG aircraft fired three rockets at Arsal's al-Rahweh region on Friday evening.

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Geagea Says Lebanon a 'Prison with No Security', Hits Out at Aoun, Nasrallah

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Friday said that Lebanon has become a “prison without walls” where there is no security or authority due to the factional “interests” of some political parties, hitting out at Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun without naming them.

“These days, I'm avoiding to talk politics in order to avoid repetitiveness, but this doesn't mean resigning from politics but rather maintaining our firm stances, because endurance is sometimes more important than action,” Geagea said at a Maarab rally marking the ninth anniversary of his release from prison.

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Nasrallah Says Gaza Triumphed through 'Resistance Logic,' Vows to Maintain Support

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah pledged on Friday to do everything his party perceives as a “duty” to help the Palestinian resistance in the face of Israeli atrocities, considering also that fighters in Gaza have emerged victorious from the ongoing war.

“We tell our brothers in Gaza we are with you and beside you and we will do anything that we perceive is a duty in all fields,” Nasrallah said in a speech he gave at the annual celebration of Quds Day at the Sayyed al-Shuhada complex in Beirut's southern suburbs.

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Gunmen Attack Army Position in Arsal

Unknown assailants opened fire on Friday at an army position in the eastern Bekaa region of Arsal, reported the National News Agency.

It said that the gunmen attacked the army post in the outskirts of Arsal at dawn on Friday.

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Berri Hopes Permanent Solution to Payment of Public Employee Salaries Will Be Reached

Speaker Nabih Berri revealed that the agreement on paying the salaries of public sector employees was reached with Prime Minister Tammam Salam during a meeting they held earlier this week, reported al-Joumhouria newspaper on Friday.

He told his visitors on Thursday: “Cabinet reached a short-term solution to the issue, but we hope that a permanent one will be reached.”

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Rocket Fired from South towards Israel Lands in Lebanon

A rocket was fired overnight on Friday from the South towards Israel, announced the army in a statement.

It said that unknown assailants fired the rocket from the outskirts of the town of Beit Lahya at 1:50 am and it landed near the Rashaya al-Fukhar town.

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Tripoli to Host Conference for Countries Harboring Syrian Refugees in September

The next ministerial coordination meeting of major host countries of Syrian refugees will take place in Lebanon, reported An Nahar daily on Friday.

Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas announced during Thursday's cabinet session that the conference will be held in the northern city of Tripoli in September.

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Australian Woman on Trial for 'Adultery' in Tripoli, Barred from Leaving Lebanon

An Australian woman of Lebanese origin was barred from leaving Lebanon after her ex-husband's family filed a complaint against her claiming she has been visiting her “boyfriend” in the northern city of Tripoli since arriving in the country on June 20.

Mahassen Issa, 29 and mother of two minors, was supposed to return to Australia last week. But right before her departure, she was contacted by Lebanese authorities informing her that she has been charged with adultery, British newspaper The Guardian reported.

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STL Dismisses Charges against Al-Jadeed over Jurisdiction, Khayat's Trial to Continue

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon ruled on Thursday that trying al-Jadeed television over contempt does not fall into its jurisdiction, dismissing hence the charges filed against the TV network.

“The tribunal does not have the jurisdiction to look into the charges issued against al-Jadeed TV,” STL Contempt Judge Nicola Lettieri announced during an STL session in The Hague.

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