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Syrians Choose Lebanon Port as Gateway to Europe

Every day, hundreds of people at Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli board a ship bound for Turkey -- but for most, the trip is anything but a relaxing holiday.

The ship returns nearly empty, because most of those on board are not tourists but Syrians setting out on the first stage of a journey to escape their country's conflict and build a new life.

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Nasrallah: Attempts to Reactivate Govt. were Foiled for Personal, Partisan Reasons

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah lamented Wednesday the collapse of efforts aimed at reactivating the work of the paralyzed government, warning of a “more complicated situation” ahead.

“All attempts to revive the government were foiled for personal and partisan reasons, which clearly means that we will face a more complicated situation,” said Nasrallah in a televised address marking the first night of the Ashura religious commemorations.

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Army Intervenes after 'Armed Clash' in Bourj Abi Haidar

A clash erupted Wednesday in Beirut's Bourj Abi Haidar area between gunmen from two political parties over banners related to the Shiite religious occasion of Ashura, state-run National News Agency reported.

No casualties were reported as the army intervened and staged patrols in the district, NNA said.

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STL Sets Date for Start of Trial in Case against al-Amin, al-Akhbar

Special Tribunal for Lebanon Contempt Judge Nicola Lettieri on Wednesday set a January 28, 2016 date for the start of trial in the contempt case against al-Akhbar newspaper and its editor-in-chief Ibrahim al-Amin, the STL said in a statement.

“In a scheduling order issued today, the Judge set a date for a Pre-Trial Conference on 11 December 2015 at 3:30 pm (CET),” it added.

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Sea of Mourners as Zahle Bids Farewell to Elias Skaff

Mourners flooded the streets of Zahle and the neighboring towns on Wednesday for the funeral of late former minister and MP Elias Skaff, who was also the head of the Popular Bloc.

A funeral mass was held at the Our Lady of Salvation Church, in the presence of former President Michel Suleiman, Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq and representatives of numerous political parties.

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Jumblat Holds Talks with Hariri in Riyadh on Local Developments

Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblat held talks on Wednesday with head of the Mustaqbal Movement MP Saad Hariri in Saudi Arabia.

A statement from the former premier's office said that the two officials met in Riyadh to discuss the latest local developments in Lebanon, most notably the political deadlock over the election of a president.

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Report: Finishing Touches to Shehayyeb's Waste Plan to Be Placed Wednesday

Joint efforts by Hizbullah and the AMAL movement have led to an agreement over two sites for possible landfills to be used according to Agriculture Minister Akram Shehayyeb's waste disposal plan, reported al-Joumhouria newspaper on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Tammam Salam's sources told the daily that technical, geological, and environment experts are expected to visit the two sites later on Wednesday to determine their illegibility.

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Report: Cabinet to Convene Friday to Adopt Shehayyeb's Trash Plan amid FPM Boycott

Cabinet is expected to convene on Friday to adopt Agriculture Minister Akram Shehayyeb's waste disposal plan, reported the daily al-Mustaqbal on Wednesday.

Ministerial sources said: “The session will be its last due to the obstruction of the Free Patriotic Movement.”

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Change and Reform Condemns 'Usurpation of Voice of Aoun's Supporters'

Head of the Change and Reform bloc MP Michel Aoun will adopt an “escalatory” approach should the current “political practices persist,” announced former Minister Salim Jreissati.

He said after the bloc's weekly meeting: “We reject the usurpation of the voice of the people who support Aoun.”

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Civil Society Activists Protest by Military Court after Colleagues Denied Release from Custody

Civil society activists staged on Tuesday a sit-in by the Military Court in Beirut following the rejection of a request to release their detained colleagues.

The protesters objected to a decision by First Military Examining Magistrate Judge Riad Abou Ghida to reject a request to release five civil society detainees.

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