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Amnesty: Syria Refugee Women in Lebanon Face Abuse, Exploitation

Tightened restrictions and plummeting international aid have left Syrian refugee women in Lebanon more vulnerable to exploitation including sexual harassment, rights group Amnesty International said in a report on Tuesday.

Released ahead of a key donor conference for Syria in London this week, the report urges greater financial support and more resettlement opportunities for Syrian refugees from the international community.

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Kidnapped Czechs Freed, Handed Over to General Security

Five Czech citizens who were kidnapped in the Bekaa region in July 2015 were freed on Monday, state-run National News Agency reported.

“The five Czechs who were abducted in July on the Kifraya road in western Bekaa were released this evening,” NNA said.

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Kataeb Condemns Attempts to Impose 'Sole Presidential Candidate'

The Kataeb Party on Monday accused some parties of seeking to impose a “sole presidential candidate” on the country.

Kataeb “condemns some parties' attempt to practice subjugation and confine the presidential elections to voting to a sole candidate out of the others,” said the party in a statement issued after its political bureau's weekly meeting.

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One Killed, 7 Wounded in Dispute over Power Generators in Tripoli

An armed dispute erupted on Monday between the al-Murad and al-Sabaqji families in the northern city of Tripoli over power generators, reported Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3).

It said that a Syrian national was accidentally killed in the armed clash that took place in al-Barranieh and al-Jisrain areas, said al-Jadeed television.

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LF Says Discussed with Franjieh 'Possibility' of His Nomination but Didn't Ask for Dialogue with Hizbullah

The Lebanese Forces snapped back at Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh on Monday, denying that it had asked for assistance to engage in dialogue with Hizbullah.

“Franjieh's claim that the LF asked for help to engage in serious dialogue with Hizbullah is not true,” the LF's media office said in a statement.

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FPM: Reconciliation with LF Aims at Transcending Sectarian, Political Disputes

Change and Reform bloc MP Ibrahim Kanaan said the rapprochement between the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces is intended to

transcend sectarian and political divisions.

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Report: Russia after Sierra Leone Denies Claims it Will Receive Lebanon's Garbage

Following reports claiming that Russia is another suggested destination after Sierra Leone to receive Lebanon's trash, Moscow has strongly denied the allegations bringing the months long file back to square one.

A Russian diplomatic source asserted on Monday that it is impossible for Russia to receive Lebanon's waste due to high costs it entails in addition to the fact that the decomposing trash has become out-of-date for recycling.

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PM Says Lebanon to Ask for $11 Billion at Donors Conference

Prime Minister Tammam Salam revealed Monday that Lebanon will ask from the international community for an additional 11 billion dollars in aid to help it confront the burden of the Syrian refugees.

Salam told al-Liwaa newspaper on the eve of the Syria Donors Conference that will be held in London Feb. 4-5 that if the 11 billion dollars were granted to Lebanon, the country will use them on education infrastructure, creating job opportunities and backing other economic functions.

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Sources: Mustaqbal Seeking to Revive Ties with LF Despite 'Betrayal'

The latest differences between Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea and al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri on the presidential elections drew the allies in the March 14 alliance further apart.

Al-Akhbar daily on Monday quoted sources as saying that the differences between the two politicians have become “personal.”

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Salam Says he is Aspiring to End Baabda Vacuum but Pessimistic

Prime Minister Tammam Salam ruled out the election of a new president soon although he said his utmost ambition was to see a head of state at Baabda Palace.

Salam told An Nahar daily published on Monday that no president will likely be elected during the Feb. 8 session.

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