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False Bomb Alert Aboard MEA Plane

A bomb threat on Friday on a Greece-bound airplane that flew from the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut and landed in Athens Airport turned out to be fake alarm.

An anonymous call was made earlier on Friday giving Athens airport's air traffic control tower a false alarm about a bomb planted aboard a plane belonging to Middle East Airlines (MEA), the National News Agency reported.

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Tueni: Passing the Wage Scale Depends on Revenues

State Minister for Combating Corruption Nicolas Tueni said on Friday that the approval of the longtime thorny wage scale for the public sector would be an achievement for the new term of President Michel Aoun, but stressed that its ratification is linked to finding the needed revenues to cover its expenses.

“Endorsing the wage scale is an achievement for (President's) mandate and for Lebanon, but the matter is linked to finding the revenues to cover it. It is being discussed in cabinet,” Tueni told VDL (93.3).

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Director of Political Affairs at Foreign Ministry Meets Kaag after Tweet

Director of Political and Consular Affairs of the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Charbel Wehbe, held a meeting with UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag on Thursday after the latter's tweets replying to comments made by President Michel Aoun about Hizbullah's arms.

During the meeting, Wehbe stressed the necessity to comply with the provisions of the Vienna Convention in respect to what applies to accredited diplomats, the state-run National News Agency said.

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Mock Bomb Raises Panic in North Lebanon

Suspicions arose early on Friday after an improvised bomb placed inside an old car tire was found in the northern al-Beddawi area in Tripoli, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The device, which turned out to be a mock bomb, was discovered near Salaheddine Mosque in al-Beddawi, NNA added.

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Israeli Minister Warns Hizbullah after Threats to Hit Reactor

Israel warned Hizbullah on Thursday against attacking it after Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah threatened to strike Israel's nuclear reactor in any future war.

The comments by Nasrallah marked the first time his group explicitly threatened to target the reactor in the southern Israeli town of Dimona.

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Aoun: I Won't Allow Any Foreign Party to Interfere in Domestic Affairs

President Michel Aoun pledged Thursday that he “will not allow any foreign party to interfere in the Lebanese domestic affairs.”

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Lebanon Moves towards Scrapping Controversial Rape Law

A Lebanese parliamentary committee has forced a vote on scrapping a controversial law that allows rapists to escape punishment by marrying their victims, an NGO said Thursday.

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U.S. State Department Issues New Lebanon Travel Warning

The United States has issued a new Lebanon travel warning to its citizens, saying it “supersedes the Travel Warning issued on July 29, 2016.”

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Change and Reform Defends Aoun's Stances, Reveals Presence of 'Advanced' Electoral Law Proposal

The Change and Reform parliamentary bloc on Thursday defended the latest stances of President Michel Aoun regarding Hizbullah's arms, while revealing that it is “awaiting answers” on an “advanced” electoral law proposal.

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Nasrallah Advises Israel to Dismantle Nuclear Reactor, Says Hizbullah Power, Aoun Stance Preventing War

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday called on Israel to “dismantle the Dimona nuclear reactor,” warning that it poses a threat to Israel's existence if hit by Hizbullah's missiles in any confrontation.

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