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Report: Oil File Back to Spotlight as Berri Raises Issue with Salam

Speaker Nabih Berri will raise the issue of Lebanon's oil exploration file with PM Tammam Salam at the sidelines of the national dialogue session to be held on Tuesday in Ain al-Tineh, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.

Berri will press the need to list the issue on the cabinet's agenda to be discussed during its coming session, said the daily.

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One Man Killed, Two Wounded in Tyre Conflict

A man was shot dead overnight after an armed dispute erupted between two families in the southern Tyre village of Jwayya, the state-run National News Agency reported on Monday.

A conflict erupted between the Qassem and Ismail families against the backdrop of hanging a poster advertising for a municipality member, which aggravated to an armed clash and led to the killing of Hussein Dayekh, NNA said.

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Al-Rahi Urges Politicians to Elect President, Stop 'Destroying State'

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi on Sunday urged Lebanon's political leaders to end the protracting presidential vacuum, stressing that no one has the right to “destroy the State.”

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Geagea Says BLOM Blast Like Anti-March 14 Bombings if Culprits Not Unveiled

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Sunday urged authorities to speed up the investigation into the bombing that targeted the headquarters of BLOM Bank in Beirut last week, noting that if the identity of the culprits remains under wraps it would be an indication that the attack was carried out by the same parties that killed March 14's leaders.

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Hizbullah Reportedly Incurs Very Heavy Casualties in Aleppo Province

Hizbullah has suffered very heavy casualties in the southern countryside of the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, incurring the highest toll of deaths and injuries since the 2013 Qusayr battle, Syrian opposition activists have announced.

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Salam 'Won't Accept or Reject' Kataeb Ministers Resignation

The resignations of Kataeb Party's ministers Sejaan Qazzi and Alain Hakim will remain unofficial, similarly to that of Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi, due to Prime Minister Tammam Salam's keenness on the coherence of his government, a media report said on Sunday.

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Qazzi May Not Abide by Kataeb's Resignation Decision

Labor Minister Sejaan Qazzi of the Kataeb Party has hinted that he will not abide by his party's decision to resign from Prime Minister Tammam Salam's government.

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General Security Arrests Two Suspects Involved in Abra Battles

The General Security arrested on Saturday two individuals, a Lebanese and Syrian, on charges of having links to terror groups and for waging attacks against the Lebanese army during the Abra battles in 2013, the state-run National News Agency reported.

“Based on the General Prosecution’s order to follow up on sleeper terror cells, the General Security arrested Lebanese Kh.B. on charges of having links to terror groups,” the General Security said in a statement.

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Hizbullah Negates Clashes with Syrian Army

Hizbullah slammed as “lies” all media reports that alleged that clashes erupted between fighters of the party and the Syrian army in the Syrian province of Aleppo lately, the National News Agency reported on Saturday.

“A number of local and Arab media outlets launched a series of lies in the past few days on the field situation in Syria, alleging that clashes erupted between Hizbullah and the Syrian army on one hand and between Hizbullah and allied factions on the other. We strongly denounce these allegations and lies,” said a Hizbullah statement issued on Saturday.

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Report: International-French Deliberations to End Presidential Vacuum

The Lebanese file will be discussed during separate visits of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif and Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Bin Salman to France late in June, An Nahar daily reported on Saturday.

The Lebanese and Syrian file will top the agenda of the diplomats during visits that will kick off starting June 26, added the daily.

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