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Hariri: I Want Serious Dialogue with Hizbullah and a Consensual President is the Solution for Lebanon

Al-Mustaqbal movement leader MP Saad Hariri on Thursday announced that he is seeking a “serious dialogue” with Hizbullah “for the sake of the country,” as he stressed the need to elect a “consensual president.”

“Dialogue is important and my dispute with Hizbullah is over its intervention in Syria, in addition to the (Special) Tribunal (for Lebanon), weapons and the (Hizbullah-affiliated) Resistance Brigades,” Hariri said in an interview in Paris with LBCI television.

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Nusra Threatens New Execution as Govt. Says Ayyad Release Can't be Compared to Arsal Captives Case

The Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front threatened Thursday to execute one of the captive servicemen if the Lebanese government does not start what it called “serious negotiations.”

“We warn the Lebanese government, which is subordinate to the party of Iran (Hizbullah), that we will kill one of the 'prisoners of war' who are in our custody within 24 hours, if it does not start negotiations in a serious manner,” al-Nusra said in a statement published on the twitter account of its Qalamun branch.

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Cars Stolen in France Seized at Beirut Port

Eight cars stolen in France and shipped to Lebanon have been seized at Beirut's port, the Internal Security Forces announced on Thursday.

“The bureau for combating international theft crimes managed on November 21 to seize at Beirut's port two containers carrying eight recent model Range Rovers and BMWs,” the ISF said in a statement.

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Suspect Accused of Firing at Army Turns Himself in

A suspect accused of opening fire at the army during raids in the northern Akkar town of Bhannine turned himself in on Thursday, reported the National News Agency.

It said that Ahmed H.S., from the Akkar town of al-Mhammara, turned himself in to the army intelligence in Akkar.

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Strict Security Measures at Ain el-Hilweh in Search for Mawlawi, Fugitives

The Palestinian Liaison Committee implemented strict security measures on Thursday at the southern Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in search for Islamist fugitive Shadi al-Mawlawi.

The endeavors come a day after the Lebanese Army Intelligence in south Lebanon, Brig. Gen. Ali Shahrour, urged Palestinian leaders at the camp to hand over fugitives, including Mawlawi, and assume their responsibilities in this regard.

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Three Syrians Arrested in Akkar for Supporting ISIL

Three Syrians were arrested in the northern region of Akkar on Thursday for supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, reported the National News Agency.

It said that security forces arrested the suspects at the Shadra checkpoint for having photographs of ISIL on their mobile phones.

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Coordination Committee to Follow up Food Safety Techniques

A technical coordination committee was formed on Thursday to follow up the recent food scandal, which saw the closure of restaurants, slaughterhouses and other institutions since Health Minister Wael Abou Faour launched his campaign against violators earlier this month.

The ministerial committee on food safety met under Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail.

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Families of Captive Servicemen Say State Only Authorized to Negotiate Jihadists

The families of the kidnapped soldiers and policemen stressed on Thursday that the Lebanese state is the only side authorized to negotiate with jihadists the release of their loved ones.

“The state is our only representative and voice as we are all under its authority,” the relatives of the hostages said in a statement.

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Officials Advise Authorities to Follow in Hizbullah Footsteps over Captives

The indirect negotiations between Hizbullah and Syrian fighters that led to the release of a party member should be a motive for the Lebanese state to arrest jihadists and use them in a prisoners swap, officials said Thursday.

The pro-Hizbullah officials told As Safir newspaper that militants from the Islamic State group, al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front and the Free Syrian Army should not be referred to trial.

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Report: Joumaa Demands to Stand Trial, Says Negotiations with Nusra 'Waste of Time'

Syrian detainee Imad Jomaa, a member of the al-Qaida-affiliated al-Nusra Front, whose arrest sparked the Arsal unrest in August, reportedly expressed doubt that negotiations with the jihadists entrenched on the outskirts of the town on the porous Syrian-Lebanese border would lead to his release.

Jomaa, according to As Safir newspaper published on Thursday, is demanding to be referred to the judiciary to stand trial as he believes that the negotiations are “a waste of time.”

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