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Rifi Calls for Investigation in Burning of Crosses in Tripoli as 2 Churches Defaced with IS Warnings

Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi called on Sunday for an investigation to be carried out into the burning of crosses in the northern city of Tripoli.

The crosses were allegedly burned on Saturday in retaliation to the burning of an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant flag in Beirut's Ashrafiyeh district also on Saturday.

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Saniora: We Extend our Hand to Hold Dialogue to Agree on President

Head of the Mustaqbal bloc MP Fouad Saniora stressed on Sunday that the election of a president should be a priority at this present time in Lebanon.

He stated: “Our hand is extended to hold dialogue in order to reach an agreement over a new president.”

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Nusra Front Threatens to 'Kill its Shiite Captives' Should Hizbullah Intervene in Qalamun Battle

The al-Qaida-affiliated al-Nusra Front threatened on Sunday to “kill the Shiite Lebanese soldiers” it had kidnapped earlier in August should Hizbullah intervene in battles in Syria's al-Qalamun region, while also issuing a warning to the Free Patriotic Movement, reported the Turkish Anatolia news agency.

The group said in a statement that it will wage the battle to “liberate” al-Qalamun in a few days, adding: “Hizbullah's participation against us will force us to kill our Shiite prisoners.”

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Bassil: If I Were a Compromise Presidential Candidate, then so is Aoun

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil stressed that he belongs to the Free Patriotic Movement of MP Michel Aoun, meaning that should he be considered to be a compromise presidential candidate, then so should the lawmaker, reported the Kuwaiti al-Anba newspaper on Sunday.

He told the daily: “What is applied to me should also be applied to him.”

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Qahwaji: Army Prepared to Battle Any Extremist Attack

Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji stressed the army's readiness to wage any battle with extremists given media reports that thousands of militants are lying just outside of Lebanon's borders, reported al-Mustaqbal daily on Sunday.

He declared to the daily: “There are several rumors, but should the militants attack us, then we are ready for them.”

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IS Demands Release of Roumieh Inmates, Threaten to Execute Captive Soldiers

The Islamic State aired a video on Saturday of a captive soldier pleading to his family to pressure the state to release Islamist inmates in Roumieh Prison.

Ali al-Hajj Hassan pleaded for his family to take action “otherwise the gunmen will execute the captives.”

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Islamists Free 5 Security Captives, Deny Imminent Release of Christian Abductees

Four of the soldiers and a security forces member kidnapped by Islamist militant earlier in August were released late on Saturday, announced a leader of the al-Qaida-affiliated al-Nusra Front.

The security personnel were transported to the residence of Sheikh Mustafa al-Hujeiri in the northeastern border town of Arsal.

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Kidnappers Demand 1 Million Dollars to Release Kuwaiti National

A Kuwaiti national was abducted on Saturday in the eastern city of Baalbek, media reports said.

The abductors are reportedly demanding one million dollars in exchange for his release.

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Relatives of Army Captives Block Roads as Salam Reveals Newly Formed Cell to 'End Tragedy'

The angered families of the captives, who were taken hostage by Islamist gunmen in the northeastern border town of Arsal, blocked several roads on Saturday to protest the ongoing abduction of their relatives.

But Prime Minister Tammam Salam revealed late on Saturday evening that a ministerial cell has been formed and to work "behind the scenes on following up on the abducted troops' case."

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Lebanon Plunges in Darkness as EDL, Contract Workers Rift Increases

Electricite du Liban apologized to nationals for failing to work on the malfunctions in electricity feed as long as the abnormal situation at the company remains as it is, in hints to the strike of the company's contract workers.

“After security forces failed to ensure the safe entrance and exit of EDL employees into its headquarters... We are not responsible for the building until the obscure situation ends and things go back to normal,” EDL said in a statement.

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