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Dangerous Fugitive Detained in Beirut's Southern Suburbs

The Internal Security Forces announced on Saturday that a dangerous fugitive was detained the day before in Beirut's southern suburbs.

“Dahiyeh police station obtained information on the whereabouts of a very dangerous fugitive, who is known as Aa. H.,” the ISF said in a communique.

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Rocket Launcher Found in Rashaya al-Fakhar

A rocket platform was found on Saturday in olive fields west of the southern region of Rashaya al-Fakhar, the state-run National News Agency reported.

NNA said that the Lebanese Army found the launchpad that was used on Tuesday evening to fire a rocket from the southern region of Rashaya al-Fakhar towards Israel but it fell short and landed in Lebanese territory.

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Foreign Ministry Denies Lebanese On Board Malaysian Jetliner

The Foreign Ministry denied on Saturday reports saying that two Lebanese nationals, holding the Australian citizenship, were among the 298 people on board the Malaysian jetliner that crashed in violence-wracked Ukraine.

“After the Foreign Ministry obtained the detailed name list of the passengers on the flight and after contacting our the Lebanese Embassy and Consulate in Australia, we found out that the two individuals are not Lebanese,” the ministry said in a statement.

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Salam Calls for Cabinet Session Ending Deadlock

Prime Minister Tamamm Salam called for a cabinet session on Thursday after suspending meetings over differences on a decree regarding the appointment of Lebanese University deans.

Media reports said on Saturday that the government will convene at 10:00 am, indicating that ministers reached a breakthrough over controversial disputes.

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Army Deploys in Bekaa to Prevent Gunmen from Infiltrating

The Lebanese Army deployed heavily on Saturday in northern Bekaa and along the Lebanese-Syrian border to prevent gunmen from infiltrating the country.

The state-run National News Agency reported that the army deployed in particular in the Bekaa region of al-Qaa, Ras Baalbek, Fakiha, Miqraq, al-Labwe, al-Sawaniye and Arsal.

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Public Employees Salaries at Stake as AMAL, Mustqbal Row Widens

Negotiations between AMAL and al-Mustaqbal movements over the country's financial crisis failed to reach a breakthrough as the two parties insisted on their stance despite a mediation led by the Progressive Socialist Party.

Speaker Nabih Berri defended on Saturday his adviser, Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil, stressing that he insists on the endorsement of a spending decree at the parliament to pay the salaries of public employees.

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Cyprus Controls Lebanese-Owned FBME over Money Laundering Concerns

The Cypriot Central Bank (CBC) said it has controlled the administration of Lebanese-owned FBME Bank’s operations in Cyprus after the United States Treasury Department blacklisted it over money laundering concerns.

“The Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) announces that, under the powers conferred by law, starting today (Friday), it has taken over the administration of the FBME Bank branch’s operations in Cyprus,” the CBC said in a brief statement.

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'Weak' Coordination between Security Apparatuses, Hizbullah along Border with Syria

Coordination between Lebanese security forces and Hizbullah amid the ongoing battles along the border with Syria is “weak,” al-Joumhouria newspaper reported on Saturday.

Sources said that there “are no contacts between the security agencies and Hizbullah over the developments on the Qalamoun front, the outskirts of Arsal and other town in the Bekaa.”

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Security Forces Fend Off Syrian Opposition 'Terrorist' Plot in Bekaa

Security agencies were able to avert a “terrorist scheme” by Syrian opposition groups to involve Lebanon in a “dangerous sectarian” conflict, As Safir newspaper reported on Saturday.

According to the daily, a Lebanese security agency received a warning from a U.S. apparatus ten days ago, which included certain information, that a Syrian opposition group was seeking to carry out a “military operation” on Friday night in the Bekaa town of Nahle and other nearby towns.

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Hariri Proposes Roadmap to 'Protect Lebanon': Electing New President a National Priority and We Reject Parliamentary Term Extension

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Friday called for “immediately” electing a new president and holding parliamentary polls, as part of a roadmap that aims at “protecting Lebanon.”

Hariri also blasted Hizbullah, slamming “any group that sends its youth into perish as a terrorist group.”

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