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Beirut-Bound Traveler Held in Abidjan over Large Cocaine Haul

A man, likely Lebanese, was arrested Tuesday by Ivory Coast's authorities at Abidjan's airport after a large haul of cocaine was found in his luggage, Lebanon's National News Agency reported.

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Cellphone Dealer Kamel Ahmaz Released on Bail

Top cellphone dealer Kamel Ahmaz who was detained in November on charges of smuggling mobile cellphone was released Tuesday on a LL15 million bail, media reports said.

Amhaz was arrested following the detention of a number of airport security personnel on charges of turning a blind eye to suitcases containing smuggled cellphones in return for bribes.

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Zahra: No One Has Right to Determine Share of LF in Cabinet

Lebanese Forces MP Antoine Zahra said on Tuesday no body has the right to determine the share to be allotted to the LF in the new cabinet or stage a veto against its representation.

“Nobody is allowed to identify the Lebanese Forces share in the cabinet and stage a veto against it,” said Zahra in an interview on Tele Liban.

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Hariri Emphasizes Lebanese Back Army and Security Forces

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri assured on Tuesday that the Lebanese will stay united behind the army in its confrontation against aggression following an attack at an army position in north Lebanon that killed one soldier and wounded another.

“We will remain united to face any assault on our army and security forces,” said Hariri via Twitter.

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General Security Arrests Syrian over Links to Terror Group

The Directorate of General Security arrested a Syrian national suspected of having links to a terror group, the directorate said in a statement on Tuesday.

“In line with efforts to track the activities of terror groups and sleeper cells, the General Security detained Syrian national Aa.M. against the backdrop of having links to terror groups,” said a General Security statement.

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Army Searches for Culprits behind Bqaa Sifrin Attack

Lebanese army units carried out extensive raids in north Lebanon in search of perpetrators involved in the armed attack against an army checkpoint in the Dinniyeh town of Bqaa Sifrin that left one soldier killed and another wounded.

“The army is running investigations to uncover the circumstances and the end of the terrorist attack at this particular timing. We do not deal lightly with this aggression. We consider it dangerous. It puts the army in front of the duty to increase readiness to prevent terrorists from achieving their goals to spread chaos in Lebanon starting from the north area,” a military source told al-Joumhouria daily on condition of anonymity.

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Presidential Election Example of Iran-Saudi Cooperation

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman says the Islamic Republic and its regional rival Saudi Arabia can and should cooperate to resolve regional crises.

Bahram Ghasemi told reporters in his weekly briefing that the recent OPEC agreement to cut oil production and the Lebanese presidential election were both recent examples of Iran-Saudi cooperation.

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Gemayel Says Some Don't Want 'Annoying' Kataeb in Govt.

Kataeb Party leader MP Sami Gemayel announced Monday that “Kataeb's voice annoys all parties” in the country because it is “different.”

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China's Syria Envoy Meets Hariri, Vows Continued Humanitarian Aid

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri held talks Monday at the Center House with the Chinese special envoy for Syria, Xie Xiaoyan.

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Kataeb Urges 'Burying' 1960 Electoral Law, Slams 'Absurd Conflict' over Govt.

The Kataeb Party on Monday called for “burying” the 1960 electoral law under which the last parliamentary polls were held in 2009, as it slammed what it called the “absurd conflict” over cabinet shares.

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