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FPM Vows to Confront Those 'Blocking Partnership' until 'Martyrdom'

Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil noted Tuesday that there are “attempts to achieve accord” in the country while warning that the FPM would confront anyone seeking to “block partnership” strongly and to the extent of “martyrdom.”

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Mustaqbal Says Hariri Trying to 'Speed Up Election of President', Blames Hizbullah for Void

Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc announced Tuesday that al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri has launched “consultations with all political parties” in a bid to “speed up the election of a president,” while reiterating that Hizbullah is to blame for the protracted presidential void crisis.

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Shehayyeb: Government Trash Plan on the Go

Agriculture Minister Akram Shehayyeb confirmed on Tuesday that the government would carry on the implementation of its own waste management plan on ending the trash crisis, reminding that all ministers have agreed on it except for the Free Patriotic Movement.

“Facts on the ground have shown that the aforementioned plan was not the best; but there is no other solution,” Shehayyeb said after a meeting devoted to address the trash issue at the Progressive Socialist Party's office in el-Msaytbeh.

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Police Arrest 8 in Raids on Syrian Encampments in Baalbek

A State Security police patrol arrested eight Syrians in Baalbek's town of Sariin in the eastern Bekaa valley for illegal entry into Lebanon's territory, the National News Agency reported on Tuesday.

“A State Security patrol in Baalbek carried out a raid on a Syrian refugee encampment in Sariin, east of the city,” said NNA.

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IS Militant Killed in Exchange of Fire with Army in Akkar

The Lebanese army killed an Islamic State group militant in an exchange of gunfire in the northern region of Akkar, the Army Command-Orientation Directorate said in a statement on Tuesday.

“On Tuesday at 6:20 a.m. in the al-Kneisseh town in Akkar and while the army was trying to arrest Moustafa Mohammed al-Ahmed, aka Moustafa Awad, for belonging to the Islamic State group, the assailant opened gunfire at the army troops,” said the statement.

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Israel Stages Live Ammo Drill in Shebaa Farms

The Israeli army on Tuesday carried out a live ammunition maneuver in the occupied Shebaa Farms,the National News Agency reported.

The troops used conducted live ammo drill and used heavy artillery and helicopters in their operation. The sound of shelling was heard in the nearby border towns of al-Arqoub.

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Nasrallah: Problem Solved Shall Mustaqbal Approve Aoun's Election

Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah stressed the need to hold Lebanon's presidential and parliamentary elections and said that the party will be ready for an understanding with al-Mustaqbal Movement when the latter approves the election of Change and Reform bloc head MP Michel Aoun, al-Akhbar daily reported on Tuesday.

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Report: Cabinet Witnessing 'Unfavorable' Times, Salam Will not Step down

The upcoming cabinet meeting will take place as scheduled particularly that each of the ministers, except for the Free Patriotic Movement, have committed to attend, as sources assured that Prime Minister Tammam Salam will not step down and will continue to assume responsibilities, ministerial sources told al-Joumhouria daily on Tuesday.

“Culture Minister Rony Araiji, the representative of the Marada Movement in the cabinet, told Prime Minister Tammam Salam that he will meet the calls for a cabinet meeting whenever an invitation is addressed,” sources close to Salam told the daily.

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Hariri Holds Talks with Franjieh in Bnashii

Al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri held talks Monday evening in Bnashii with Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh.

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Syrian Terror Suspect Arrested in Deir al-Zahrani

A Syrian man was arrested Monday in the southern town of Deir al-Zahrani on suspicion of belonging to terrorist groups, state-run National News Agency reported.

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