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Franjieh Hails Hariri's Position on Extremism: We are Ready to Defend our Land

Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh stressed on Tuesday that national unity is the most important fortification against terrorism that is threatening Lebanon and the region.

He said that “Lebanon is in need of the positions of its leaders,” while hailing the stance of Mustaqbal Movement leader MP Saad Hariri on terrorism.

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STL Pre-trial Conference in Contempt Case against Al Jadeed, Karma Khayat Set for Nov. 3

Special Tribunal for Lebanon Contempt Judge Nicola Lettieri scheduled a pre-trial conference in the case against Al Jadeed S.A.L./NEW T.V. S.A.L. and Karma Mohamed Tahsin al-Khayat for November 3, announced the tribunal in a statement on Tuesday.

The Amicus Curiae Prosecutor submitted his views on the start of trial on October 23, arguing that he needs at least four to five weeks to prepare for trial including arranging the appearance of witnesses.

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Army Continues Deployment in Bab al-Tabbaneh, Stages Raids in Akkar

The army on Tuesday reinforced its deployment in the northern city of Tripoli in the wake of the fierce weekend clashes with Islamist gunmen, as raids to arrest fugitives continued in the nearby region of Akkar.

Army units "are continuing their deployment in the areas of Bab al-Tabbaneh and the old souks in the city of Tripoli,” the Army Command said in a statement.

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Lebanon Among Nations with Most Gender Inequality

Lebanon suffers from severe gender inequality, according to the annual Gender Gap Index issued by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum on Tuesday.

The survey showed Lebanon falling to 135th place in the list of 142 nations after being ranked 123rd out of 136 countries surveyed last year.

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Man Wounded at Akkar Checkpoint as Army Arrests Syrians in Bekaa

A Lebanese man was injured on Tuesday after soldiers opened fire on him for failing to stop at a checkpoint in the northern district of Akkar, the state-run National News Agency reported.

NNA said the Khaled Mkahhal was on his motorcycle when the soldiers manning the checkpoint on Mashta Hassan-Mashta Hammoud road ordered him to stop.

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Aoun Meets Berri, Mufti Daryan, Urges Calm Political Practices during Current Phase

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun noted on Tuesday that differences are a normal part of political life, stressing that he seeks national unity among Lebanese factions.

He said: “The differences are normal part of politics, which should be practiced calmly during this phase.”

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Al-Rahi Calls on Christians to Confront Attack on Islam

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi stressed on Tuesday that Christians should help Muslims to confront the assault against Islam by terrorists.

“The developments in the Middle East are not related to ethics or humanity in any way,” al-Rahi said during his visit to the state of Victoria in Australia.

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Salam Hopes for Financial Support to Meet Burden of Refugees

Prime Minister Tammam Salam hoped on Tuesday that the international community is aware of Lebanon's huge financial needs to confront the burden of refugees.

“The refugees are affecting our economy and security ... We call for more funding to confront the repercussions of the refugee crisis,” Salam said at the opening of the Berlin conference on Syrian refugees, which was attended by Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil and Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas.

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Clages: Support Group to Discuss Challenges Facing Lebanon, Offer Further Aid

German ambassador to Lebanon Christian Clages stressed on Tuesday that the International Support Group for Lebanon will discuss during a meeting the challenges facing the country and means to further aid the Lebanese army.

“Support for the Lebanese army is ongoing,” Clages said in an interview published in An Nahar newspaper.

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Berri Lauds Army's Uncompromising Role against Militants

Speaker Nabih Berri hailed the Lebanese army for "eradicating" terrorist groups in the northern city of Tripoli and nearby areas without making any compromises.

“The Lebanese army is one of the strongest militaries in the region but lacks arms and ammunition,” Berri told As Safir daily in remarks published on Tuesday.

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