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Sayyed Says Syria Offered 'Safe Corridor' for Qalamun Militants but Lebanon Refused

Former General Security chief Maj. Gen. Jamil al-Sayyed claimed Monday that the Lebanese government had recently rejected an offer from Damascus on granting jihadists based in Arsal's outskirts a "safe corridor" to leave for areas inside Syria in return for freeing the Lebanese servicemen who are in their custody.

Syrian President Bashar Assad "was willing to give the militants a safe corridor to areas inside Syria,” Sayyed said in an interview on al-Jadeed TV.

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ISF Sergeant Arrested for 'Smuggling' Sister of al-Nusra Jihadist

The army arrested Monday an Internal Security Forces sergeant as he was smuggling the sister of a member of al-Nusra Front from a Lebanese region to another.

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Kataeb Urges 'Domestic Dialogue' on President, Calls for 'Lebanonizing' Election

The Kataeb Party on Monday stressed the importance of dialogue as a way to end the protracting presidential crisis, calling for “Lebanonizing” the stalled vote.

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Army Arrests Suspects Linked to Bhannine, Tripoli Unrest

The army announced on Monday the arrest of two suspects linked to unrest in the northern region of Bhannine and city of Tripoli in October.

It said that Lebanese Ibrahim Mohammed al-Saghir was detained in the North for belonging to a terrorist group.

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Papal Ambassador Says New President May be Elected 'Soon'

Gabriele Caccia, the papal ambassador to Lebanon, announced Monday that the election of a new Lebanese president might be imminent, noting that the circumstances are ripe for ending the protracted presidential void.

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Geagea Kicks Off Saudi Visit with Talks with Deputy Crown Prince

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea kicked off on Monday a visit to Saudi Arabia by meeting with deputy Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz.

The two officials discussed in Riyadh the political developments in the region, including the need for the election of a new president in Lebanon.

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State Fixes Milk Prices at LL1,100 after Sharp Drop Linked to Food Safety Campaign

The Ministries of Health, Economy and Agriculture held a joint press conference on Monday in which they declared fixing the prices of 1L of milk at LL1,100 after dropping for a week to LL500.

“We agreed to fix the prices of the 1 liter of milk at LL1,100,” Health Minister Wael Abou Faour told reporters, reiterating warnings for the owners of dairy factories that the state will not yield to their extortion.

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Families of Hostages Burn Tires as IS Threatens to Execute Another Captive

The families of captive servicemen burned tires on Monday near the Grand Serail in Beirut's Riad Solh Square after receiving threats from Islamist gunmen.

The relatives of the soldiers and policemen, who were taken hostage by al-Qaida-affiliate al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State group, said that they received a phone call from the abductors threatening to execute one of the soldiers.

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Two Syrian Infiltrators Arrested Near Shabaa

The Lebanese army has arrested two Syrians for trying to infiltrate the southern town of Shabaa through Mount Hermon, the state-run National News Agency reported on Monday.

NNA said members of a military checkpoint - erected at the eastern end of Shabaa - apprehended Ibrahim Mazrdakash and Omar Othman as they were trying to reach the town via Mount Hermon's heights.

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Geagea Expresses Pessimism over Presidential Crisis, Holds Onto Candidacy

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea held onto his candidacy for the presidential run, considering that the Baabda Palace post is “decaying” due to the ongoing vacuum.

“I will not withdraw my candidacy until we are offered an alternative to end the presidential deadlock,” Geagea said in an interview published in the Jordanian newspaper Ad Dustour on Monday.

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