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Personal Disputes Leave 3 People Dead in Beirut and Bint Jbeil

A man was killed overnight in a dispute between drug dealers in Farhat neighborhood that lies behind Beirut Camille Chamoun Sports City, the state-run National News Agency said on Tuesday.

According to reports, the dispute erupted between Lebanese and Palestinian drug-dealer gangs.

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Salam Says he Called Cabinet Meet for Being Unable to Wait

Prime Minister Tammam Salam has said that he called for a cabinet session next Thursday because he could no longer wait for the rival political parties to resolve their disputes.

Salam was quoted as saying by his visitors “I could no longer wait.”

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Derbas Says Lebanon Can Deal with Kuwait Fund without U.N.

Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas has said that Lebanese authorities no longer need to wait for the United Nations to spend a Kuwaiti grant aimed at helping Beirut confront the burden of Syrian refugees.

Derbas told An Nahar daily published on Tuesday that “this grant means Lebanon no longer has to wait for the U.N.”

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In Beirut, a Green Paradise Off-Limits to Lebanese

With 30 hectares (74 acres) of pine forest, it could be Beirut's answer to New York's Central Park, but for 20 years the capital's largest green space has been de facto off-limits to Lebanese.

It's a galling situation for residents of the city's concrete jungle, where activists have spent years campaigning for Horsh Beirut to be reopened to the public.

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Aoun Slams Attempt to 'Deprive Christians of Appointing Their Representatives'

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun on Monday warned that there is an attempt to “usurp the rights of Christians,” amid controversy over the presidency and the appointment of senior security and military officials.

“Today we're witnessing an attempt to usurp the rights of Christians through depriving them of appointing their representatives in state institutions,” said Aoun during a ceremony organized by the FPM's finance committee.

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Cyprus Sentences Lebanese to Six Years on Bomb Charges

Cyprus on Monday sentenced to six years in jail a Lebanese man who pleaded guilty to terror charges linked to 8.2 tons of potential bomb-making material found in his home.

Judicial authorities said that Hussein Bassam Abdallah, who also has a Canadian passport, was a member of the military wing of Hizbullah.

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Al-Rahi Rejects Terrorist 'Intruders'

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi on Monday described extremist groups as intruders, vowing to spread the culture of tolerance along with Muslims.

“We lived with Muslims for 1,400 years in the Orient and all the terrorist organizations that threaten and kill are aliens,” al-Rahi told a delegation of youth from several bishoprics across the world.

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Franjieh Backs FPM-LF Survey as Gemayel Voices Remarks

Change and Reform bloc secretary MP Ibrahim Kanaan held talks Monday with the main Christian parties in a bid to clinch their support for Free Patriotic Movement chief Michel Aoun's proposal on carrying out a survey to determine which Christian party or parties are influential in the country.

Following a meeting with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea in Maarab, Kanaan said the LF chief reiterated to him “his support for organizing the survey.”

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Grandmother: Australia Police Will not Help Lebanese IS Fighter's Kids

The mother-in-law of a notorious Lebanese-Australian Islamic State group fighter said Monday she was "devastated" that police had refused to help bring her five grandchildren home from Syria.

Karen Nettleton's daughter Tara is married to Khaled Sharrouf, who gained global infamy last year when he posted pictures of himself and his seven-year-old son on Twitter holding up the severed heads of soldiers.

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U.S. Energy Envoy to Visit Beirut after Joint Stance on Maritime Dispute with Israel

A top U.S. official is expected to visit Beirut to discuss with top Lebanese officials the demarcation of the maritime border with Israel, an issue which was thoroughly discussed by Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Speaker Nabih Berri over the weekend.

Amos Hochstein, who serves as the Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs leading the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) at the U.S. Department of State, will travel to Beirut this week.

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