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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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Captagon Powder Confiscated at Airport

The Finance Ministry said on Monday that the customs authorities at the Rafik Hariri International Airport confiscated 1,110 kilograms of white powder that is used in the manufacturing of Captagon, the National News Agency reported.

The drugs were found in a shipment coming from China, NNA said.

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Interior Ministry Announces Official Results of Jezzine By-elections

The Interior Ministry announced Monday that the candidate for the vacant parliamentary seat in Jezzine, Amal Abou Zeid, has won the by-elections.

Abou Zeid, fielded by the Free Patriotic Movement, was elected for the seat that was left vacant after the death of Change and Reform local MP Michel Helou.

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Bassil Declares Victory of FPM Nominee in Jezzine By-election, Demands Early Polls

Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil announced Sunday evening that the candidate fielded by the FPM, Amal Abou Zeid, had won the parliamentary by-election that was held in the southern city of Jezzine to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Change and Reform bloc MP Michel Helou.

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Hariri Says Confident of Victory in Sidon after Municipal Polls Held in South, Nabatieh

The third round of Lebanon's municipal elections was held on Sunday in the South and Nabatieh governorates following similar polls that were held earlier in Beirut, Baalbek-al-Hermel and Mount Lebanon.

People stood in queues outside polling stations to cast their ballots and after the polls closed Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq announced that voter turnout was 44% in Sidon city, 57.5% in Sidon's villages, 53% in Jezzine, 42.5% in Bint Jbeil, 47% in Tyre, 43.2% in Marjeyoun, 47% in Hasbaya and 49% in Nabatiyeh.

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