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General Security Thwarts Bombing Plot in Beirut

Security forces thwarted a plot to bomb an area in Beirut at the order of the Islamic State, reported Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) on Saturday.

It said that two Lebanese suspects were tasked by the IS in Syria's al-Qalamoun region to carry out the attack.

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Report: U.N. Demands Urgent Visit to Lebanon over Roumieh Abuse Scandal

The United Nations' Committee against Torture is holding a series of contacts with the Lebanese government in light of the recent abuse scandal at Roumieh Prison, reported al-Akhbar newspaper on Saturday.

Diplomatic sources present in Geneva told the daily that the committee was informed of the video clips showing torture at the facility and is corresponding with the government.

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March 14 National Council to Elect its President Sunday

The March 14 alliance's national council is scheduled to elect its president during a meeting on Sunday, reported al-Liwaa newspaper on Saturday.

It said that former MP Samir Franjieh is the favorite in the race even though he has not formally announced his candidacy.

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Report: Army Tightening Noose of Gunmen on Arsal's Outskirts

The Lebanese army succeeded on Friday in thwarting six gunmen from entering Lebanon through the northeastern border town of Arsal, killing two, while the rest escaped, revealed al-Joumhouria newspaper on Saturday.

A military source told the daily: “The army is tightening the noose around the gunmen on Arsal's outskirts.”

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Security Agencies on Alert in Wake of Kuwait, Tunisia Attacks

Security agencies have intensified their measures throughout Lebanon in light of Friday's terror attacks in Kuwait and Tunisia, reported As Safir newspaper on Saturday.

A security source told the daily that the agencies went on alert in anticipation of the occurrence of new terrorist attacks.

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Official Brevet Results of Beirut, North, South, Nabatiyeh

For a third year Naharnet is hosting the official exam results for the Brevet for middle school students.

Brevet results will be announced over two stages starting Friday.

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HRW Says Beirut Should Monitor Detention to Combat Torture

Lebanese authorities should adopt wide-ranging measures to combat torture, including creating a national monitoring body for detention facilities, Human Rights Watch said Friday.

The Lebanese government should further bring national laws and practices in compliance with its international obligations to prevent and combat torture, the New York-based rights group said on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

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Army Kills 2 Terrorists Trying to Infiltrate Arsal

The Lebanese army said on Friday that it killed two jihadists after a group of gunmen tried to infiltrate the northeastern border town of Arsal.

The military said on its twitter account that it targeted a terrorist cell that was trying to enter the town from its outskirts.

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U.S. Says Lebanese State Agencies Carrying Out Human Rights Abuses

The U.S. State Department has shed light on abuses carried out by official agencies in Lebanon last year as it unveiled its annual assessment of the state of human rights around the world.

It said in its 2014 report on Thursday that “the most significant human rights abuses during the year were torture and abuse by security forces, harsh prison and detention center conditions, and limitations on freedom of movement for Palestinian and Syrian refugees.”

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Report: Obama to Nominate Elizabeth Richard as Ambassador to Lebanon

The Obama administration is set to nominate Elizabeth Richard, a deputy assistant secretary of state in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, as Ambassador to Lebanon, pan-Arab daily al-Hayat reported on Friday.

The daily quoted U.S. and diplomatic sources as saying that if Richard is confirmed by Congress, then she will replace David Hale.

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