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Army Refers Nusra-Linked Detainee to Judiciary

A suspect linked to the jihadist al-Nusra Front group has been referred to the Lebanese judiciary, the army said on Thursday.

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Political Leaders Meet in Baabda, Agree on Political-Economic Vision

Political parties represented in the government convened in a consultative meeting on Thursday at the Presidential Palace in Baabda at the invitation of President Michel Aoun.

A closing statement said the conferees agreed on "continuing the implementation of the Document of National Accord (Taef Accord), especially in terms of harmonizing between preserving our democratic, pluralistic system and devising a clear vision with a specific timeframe for a full transition to a complete civil state.”

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Lebanese, Saudi Authorities Foil Captagon-Smuggling Attempt

In coordinated efforts between Lebanese and Saudi authorities, an attempt to smuggle 6 million pills of Captagon has been thwarted, the Internal Security forces said in a statement on Thursday.

“In pursuit of international networks involved in the manufacture and smuggling of Captagon pills, and as a result of follow-up by the Central Anti-Drug Bureau of the Judicial Police Unit and in close coordination with the competent security authorities in Saudi Arabia, an attempt to smuggle a massive amount of Captagon has been foiled,” an ISF statement said.

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Report: LF Says Goal to Provide Low Cost Electricity without 'Procrastination'

The Lebanese Forces stressed on Thursday that their basic request was to refer the electricity file to the Tender department of the Central Inspection Bureau to be thoroughly studied and assessed and referred to the government according to the norms, al-Joumhouria daily reported.

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47-Year-Old Shot and Killed East of Sidon

A Lebanese national was fatally shot and killed in cold blood inside his car Wednesday evening in the southern town of Majdelyoun east of Sidon, media reports said Thursday.

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HRW Urges Accountability over Beating of Protesters near Parliament

International rights group Human Rights Watch on Wednesday urged Lebanese authorities to hold accountable “Lebanese military personnel who beat and kicked protesters demonstrating against a third extension of parliament’s term on June 16, 2017.”

“The military should make the results of their investigation public,” the New York-based HRW said.

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Israel Boasts of 'Unimaginable' Power in Future Lebanon War

The head of Israel's air force said Wednesday that in any future conflict involving Lebanon his country will have "unimaginable" military power at its disposal.

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Govt. Refers Controversial Electricity File to Bidding Administration

The Council of Ministers decided during a session in Baabda on Wednesday to refer the thorny file of renting power generation ships to the public bidding administration.

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STL President Meets with UN Secretary-General in New York

During a visit to the United Nations in New York this week, Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) President Judge Ivana Hrdličková met with United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. They discussed the Tribunal’s achievements and challenges, as well as its efforts to fulfill its mandate to hold fair, transparent and expeditious proceedings, an STL press release said on Wednesday.

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Hariri Congratulates New Saudi Crown Prince

Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Wednesday congratulated Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his appointment as crown prince.

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