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Roumieh Prison Break Inmate Arrested in Tripoli

A Syrian, who escaped from Roumieh prison in February, has been arrested by policemen in the northern city of Tripoli, the Internal Security Forces said.

Police apprehended Muhannad Abdul Rahman in Tripoli's al-Qobbeh area at dawn Thursday, the ISF communique said.

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March 8 Camp Gearing Up to Discuss Presidential Elections

The March 8 coalition is set to launch discussions over the upcoming presidential elections to coordinate the stances of the parties affiliated in the alliance.

According to al-Akhbar newspaper published on Thursday, Hizbullah is preparing for a meeting for the party's secretary-general Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, AMAL movement chief Speaker Nabih Berri, and leader of the Free Patriotic Movement MP Michel Aoun.

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Ambassadors of Major Countries to Kick Off Tour on Key Presidential Candidates

The ambassadors of major countries in Lebanon are expected to kicked off “soon” a series of contacts with the main and serious runners for the presidential elections.

According to al-Joumhouria newspaper the endeavors aim at inquiring the programs of the candidates.

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Mashnouq Says ISF Starts Deploying in Bekaa ahead of Security Plan

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq said on Thursday that a large number of security members were transferred from the northern city of Tripoli to the eastern Bekaa valley as the implementation of the security plan reached the zero hour.

“We have transferred hundreds of Internal Security Forces' members and officers to the Bekaa ahead of the enforcement of the security plan in the area,” Mashnouq said in remarks published in An Nahar newspaper.

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Al-Rahi Rules Out Election of March 8 or 14 Official, Says President Should be Consensual

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi has ruled out the election of a president from either the March 8 or 14 alliance, saying the head of state should be consensual and avoid a political crisis in the country.

In remarks carried by local newspapers on Thursday, al-Rahi said: “I don't think a president from either March 8 or 14 would be elected because he should be consensual and accepted by the people so that he could bring the bickering parties closer.”

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Army Clashes with Bab al-Tabbaneh Gunmen, Raids Arms Depot in Tripoli

The army clashed with a number of gunmen on Wednesday evening as it carried out raids in the Tripoli neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh, after arresting three people and raiding an arms and explosives depot during the day.

“Clashes erupted between the army and gunmen in Bab al-Tabbaneh amid raids in Khan al-Askar," OTV reported.

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8 'Dangerous' Syrian Fugitives Detained in Arsal

The army arrested on Wednesday evening “one of the most dangerous fugitives,” along with seven others, in the northeastern town of Arsal.

"The army detained eight Syrian nationals in Arsal, including one of the most dangerous and infamous fugitives,” LBCI television reported.

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Al-Ahbash Top Ain el-Hilweh Cleric Critically Injured in Assassination Bid

An unknown gunman on Wednesday tried to assassinate the top official of the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects -- also known as al-Ahbash -- in the Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon.

After several TV stations said Sheikh Orsan Suleiman died of his wounds after he was shot in Ain el-Hilweh, the hospital that he was rushed to denied the reports, saying he was alive but in a "very critical condition."

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Jumblat Suggests Sources to Fund Wage Scale, to Make an 'Initiative' toward SCC

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat on Wednesday suggested several sources that can be used to finance the stalled new wage scale, revealing that the PSP will soon make an "initiative" toward the Syndicate Coordination Committee, which has been championing the demands.

“I propose a series of ideas that perhaps can contribute to finding serious and real solutions and putting an end to the political and populist overbidding and to attempts to persuade the working class with delusional exits despite its rightful and legitimate demands,” said Jumblat in a statement.

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Sami Gemayel Urges Vote on New Electoral Law: Solution to Pay Raise in Privatizing Electricity

Kataeb bloc MP Sami Gemayel called on Wednesday for voting on a new electoral law before electing a news president, considering also that the solution to funding the new wage scale lies in privatizing the electricity sector.

"There is an issue that we have to deal with as MPs, and which has been ignored by everyone,” Gemayel remarked at a press conference.

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