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Lebanese Intelligence Agents Hurt in Israeli Border Attack

Two Lebanese military intelligence agents were injured Tuesday in an Israeli attack in the southern border area of Rmeish, the Lebanese Army said.

“As a patrol from the Intelligence Directorate was inspecting a land lot between the points B36 and BP14, it came under an attack from a patrol belonging to the Israeli enemy,” the army said in a statement.

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Damascus Welcomes Refugees Returning from Lebanon with Charm Offensive

Several years after fleeing Syria, a group of wide-eyed refugees stare through the tinted windows of their bus to see the homecoming committee the government has organized for them.

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Syria Embassy Refutes Anti-Lebanese Remarks Attributed to Mufti Hassoun

The Syrian embassy in Beirut on Tuesday refuted anti-Lebanese remarks attributed to Syria's grand mufti Sheikh Ahmed Badreddine Hassoun.

“A Twitter account calling itself 'Ahmed Badreddine Hassoun' has posted tweets attributed to... Sheikh Ahmed Badreddine Hassoun, the grand mufti of the Syrian Arab Republic, which are against the nature of the brotherly ties between the two brotherly countries Syria and Lebanon,” the embassy said in a statement.

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Hariri: No Govt. if Others Insist on Restoring Lebanese-Syrian Ties

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri announced Tuesday that the new government “will not be formed” should the pro-Damascus camp “insist on restoring Lebanese-Syrian ties.”

“If others insist on restoring Lebanese-Syrian ties from the gateway of the reopened Nassib border crossing, then the government will not be formed,” Hariri said in a chat with reporters, referring to a key border crossing on the Syrian-Jordanian border that has been recently recaptured by Damascus.

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Brazilian President to Visit Lebanon, Aoun Affirms 'Historic' Ties

Lebanon is expected to receive Brazilian President Michel Temer, the Special Secretary for Strategic Affairs Hussein Kalout told President Michel Aoun on Tuesday.

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Report: ‘Secretive’ Initiative to Resolve ‘Druze Stalemate’ Fails

The Druze representation in the new government, one of the obstacles hampering the formation, “could have been eased” if Druze MP Talal Arslan had accepted a “secretive” formula suggested by Speaker Nabih Berri, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Tuesday.

Well-informed sources told the newspaper that contacts have lately “accelerated between Berri and Druze parties” in a bid to find common ground regarding their representation and ministerial seats, but the efforts have “failed” though.

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Saudi Envoy Says Riyadh Keen on Speedy Govt. Formation

Saudi charge d'affaires in Lebanon Walid al-Bukhari on Monday denied allegations that the kingdom is obstructing the government formation process in Lebanon.

“The practical experience during the election of the parliament is the biggest answer. Some media outlets were betting on (Saudi) interference but it was proved that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was very keen on Lebanon's security and stability,” Bukhari said, in response to a reporter's question about the obstruction claims.

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Aoun Vows to End Akkar's Impoverishment

President Michel Aoun promised Monday to “sponsor efforts to end Akkar's deprivation,” during a meeting with the northern region's MPs and municipal chiefs.

“The Akkar region is cherished by all Lebanese, because it is the reserve of the military institution and because its residents have offered a lot of sacrifices for the sake of Lebanon's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity,” Aoun said.

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Army Arrests Top Drug Dealer in Airport Road Area

A notorious drug dealer was arrested Monday in the airport road area south of Beirut, the army said.

“As part of the security measures taken across the various Lebanese regions and after surveillance, a patrol from the Intelligence Directorate arrested in the airport road area a man named Mohammed Habib, who is one of the most notorious drug dealers in the aforementioned area,” an army statement said.

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LF Holds Bassil Responsible for Lineup Delay

The Lebanese Forces blamed Foreign Minister, Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil for the "entire" obstacles hampering the government formation, mainly the Christian and Druze representation stalemate, al-Joumhouria daily reported.

LF sources told the daily: “It is normal to focus at the current stage on an expected meeting between Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and Bassil because the actual stalemate lies with Bassil.

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