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Kuwaiti FM in Beirut on Monday

Kuwait's First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Sabah is scheduled to visit Beirut on Monday for talks with top officials, al-Mustaqbal newspaper reported.

The Kuwaiti FM is expected to discuss with the Lebanese officials issues of common interest linked to the latest developments in the Arab world and the region, the daily said on Saturday.

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Report: Assad Building Hizbullah-Guarded Nuclear Plant 2 Kms from Lebanon

Intelligence suggests that Syrian President Bashar Assad is building a secret underground plant with the aim of developing nuclear weapons, Germany's Spiegel news magazine said Friday.

Citing information made available by unidentified intelligence sources, Spiegel said the plant was in an inaccessible mountain region in the west of the war-ravaged country, two kilometers from the Lebanese border.

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Kataeb: Leniency in Garbage Crisis Unacceptable, Privatizing Landfills is Govt.'s Duty

The Kataeb Party noted Friday that any “leniency” regarding the garbage landfills and the privatization process would mean that “corruption will remain in ultimate charge of this file,” stressing that privatizing the landfills is the government's duty.

In a statement issued in the afternoon, Kataeb insisted that “the government must take charge of the waste management file, and the authority over privatizing the landfills must be its duty.”

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Nasrallah Links Presidency to Aoun-Geagea Talks, Says Hizbullah Fighters Fully Prepared on Border

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah announced Friday that his party's fighters are maintaining full preparedness on the eastern border to confront any takfiri assault, alongside the army and security forces, noting that the inter-Christian dialogue that got underway might lead to resolving the presidential crisis.

“I salute the officers and soldiers of the army and the Islamic resistance who are deployed on the border and are protecting the country against Israeli and takfiri terrorist attacks,” Nasrallah said in a televised address during a ceremony held by the Hizbullah-affiliated al-Imdad Islamic Charitable Association.

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Salam Advocates Rational Dialogue to Resolve Country's Problems

Prime Minister Tammam Salam said on Friday that the Lebanese have no option but to resort to dialogue, reiterating his call for the election of a new president.

“We the Lebanese have no option but a rational dialogue (based on) openness,” Salam said.

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Army Arrests Suspected Syrian Terrorist in Bekaa

The Lebanese army said on Friday that is has arrested in the eastern Bekaa Valley a Syrian suspected of belonging to a terrorist organization.

The military said in a communique that Moussa Obeid al-Khodr was apprehended in the area of Qob Elias on Thursday.

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Rahi Slams Campaigns against Church, Says Baabda Crisis Linked to Sunni-Shiite Strife

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi slammed on Friday some journalists and TV stations without naming them for reports and shows that “contradict moral values” and said Lebanon's presidential crisis is linked to Sunni-Shiite discord.

“Some writings and TV shows are violating sanctity and resorting to deception and lies for money-making purposes,” said al-Rahi.

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Snowfalls on 200 Meters as Temperature Reaches Record Low

Snow fell on Friday on areas located 200 meters above the sea level as powerful storm Zina swept through Lebanon, blocking mountain roads and plummeting temperature with wind chills driving them even lower.

The temperature in the capital Beirut dipped as low as 2 degrees with wind chills.

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Report: Assad Conditions Election of Ally to End Presidential Dispute

Syrian President Bashar Assad reportedly said that there will be no presidential elections in Lebanon any time soon unless dialogue with Damascus led to a candidate who is an ally.

“This year might witness the election of a new president in Lebanon if certain conditions were implemented,” Assad's visitors quoted him as saying in comments published in the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Seyassah.

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Jumblat Calls for End of Political, Sectarian Calculations over Waste Treatment Dispute

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat has called for the end of political and sectarian calculations in the government after the cabinet members failed to strike a deal on the treatment of solid waste.

“The road to the Naameh landfill will close on January 17,” said a decisive Jumblat in comments to al-Akhbar newspaper published on Friday.

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