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Report: Franjieh-Hariri Meeting Happened, Did not Happen

Despite the statements negating that a meeting has taken place between head of al-Mustaqbal movement Saad Hariri and Marada leader MP Suleiman Franjieh, well informed sources assured that the meeting has happened and that the two man have met at the house of business man Jilbert Chagouri, al-Akhbar daily reported on Saturday.

The sources added that mutual friends have arranged for the meeting at Chagouri's place in Paris during Suleiman's visit to the French capital last week.

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Planes to Fly Longer as Russia Asks that Beirut Flights Avoid Area over Mediterranean

Russia asked Lebanon Friday to ensure that flights from Beirut airport avoid an area over the eastern Mediterranean for the next three days, Transport and Public Works Minister Ghazi Zoaiter said.

Russia, which is carrying out air strikes in Syria, "has asked the Lebanese authorities that planes leaving Beirut airport towards the west avoid overflying an area in Mediterranean territorial waters because of maneuvers on Saturday, Sunday and Monday," he said.

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General Security Arrests al-Nusra Would-Be Suicide Bomber

The General Security announced Friday that it has foiled an attempt to carry out a suicide bombing in the country.

“As part of the monitoring of the terrorist groups' activities and the pursuit of their sleeper cells, the General Security arrested Lebanese national Y. D. over intelligence information that he belongs to a terrorist group and was plotting to stage an act of sabotage,” it said in a statement.

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Qahwaji on Independence Day Urges Military to be Fully Prepared

Army Commander Gen. Jean Qahwaji called on the military on Friday to stay watchful and attentive both on the southern border to confront the Israeli enemy and on the eastern border and inside Lebanon to deter terrorism.

“Stay fully prepared, both on the southern border to confront the Israeli enemy and to adhere to (U.N.) resolution 1701 and on the eastern border and inside to strike terrorism with an iron fist and its sabotaging cells to preserve the civil peace in the country,” said Qahwaji in the order of the day marking Independence Day.

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Report: Kataeb Stance at Cabinet Will Not Hinder Executive Authority

The Kataeb Party reiterated its stance that its ministers will not sign draft laws and decrees at cabinet due to its objection to the ongoing presidential vacuum, reported the daily An Nahar on Friday.

Kataeb ministerial sources told the daily: “The party's position will not obstruct the executive authority's role, but it will delay its work.”

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Report: Security Forces Cooperating with International Agencies in Terrorism Fight

The Lebanese security agencies are increasing their coordination with foreign ones in their fight against terrorism, reported al-Joumhouria newspaper on Friday.

A security source told the daily: “The coordination between the two sides has increased because the fight against terrorism has exceeded geographical borders.”

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Berri Warned of Israel's 'Real Threat' to Lebanon's Oil Wealth

Speaker Nabih Berri received on Thursday a message from the Lebanese Petroleum Association that Lebanon's offshore oil wealth is under threat from Israel, reported al-Joumhouria newspaper on Friday.

It said: “Lebanon's wealth is under real threat from Israel due to its excessive actions in stealing its oil.”

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Security Council Urges Lebanese to Elect President, End 'Any Involvement in Syrian Crisis'

The U.N. Security Council on Thursday issued a press statement urging all Lebanese parties to “cease any involvement in the Syrian crisis” and calling on Lebanese politicians to “urgently” elect a new president.

“The members of the Security Council were briefed on 18 November 2015 by the Special Coordinator for Lebanon of the Secretary-General, Sigrid Kaag, on the implementation of United Nations Security Council resolution 1701 (2006),” said the statement, which was issued Thursday by Council President Matthew Rycroft.

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Army Intercepts Car Carrying Explosives in al-Bourj al-Shamali

The army on Thursday stopped a car carrying a small amount of explosives at the entrance of a Palestinian refugee camp in the southern town of al-Bourj al-Shamali, east of Tyre.

“An army unit intercepted a Renault Centro car carrying a fake license plate at the entrance of the al-Bourj al-Shamali camp,” the Army Command said in a statement.

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Kuwait Busts Int'l IS-linked Cell Led by Lebanese Mastermind

Kuwaiti security authorities have busted an international cell led by a Lebanese man that was sending air defense systems and funds to the Islamic State group, Kuwait's interior ministry said Thursday.

The cell's Lebanese chief, identified as Osama Mohammed Khayat, confessed that he raised funds and provided logistical support for the group, which has carried out deadly attacks in Lebanon and France in the past week, the ministry said.

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