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Police Arrest Notorious Palestinian Drug Trafficker

The Internal Security Forces have arrested a Palestinian, who is one of the most wanted drug traffickers, also accused of committing robberies and opening fire at police.

The ISF general directorate said in a communique it issued on Saturday that the arrest of the 23-year-old was made on Friday after a tip off to the Drug Combat Unit that he was trafficking in drugs near the Palestinian refugee camp of Burj al-Barajneh.

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Hizbullah Slams EU's 'Aggression' on Resistance

Hizbullah officials have described the European Union's decision to blacklist the party's military wing as an “aggression” and a “terrorist act,” accusing it of being a bystander in Israeli attacks on Lebanon.

The head of the Loyalty to the Resistance bloc, MP Mohammed Raad, said the EU's move against the resistance was a “terrorist act targeting the choices of the people and its commitments.”

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Gemayel Says EU Decision on Hizbullah 'Ambiguous,' to Affect Country Negatively

Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel considered on Saturday that the European Union's decision to blacklist Hizbullah's military wing is “ambiguous,” pointing out that it will have a negative impact on the country.

“The decision confused the Lebanese situation and will constitute negative repercussions on all matter especially the cabinet formation process,” Gemayel said in an interview with Voice of Lebanon radio (100.5).

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Syrian Refugees Face Suspicion as Lebanese Officials Reject Housing Units

They're lightweight, easy to assemble and have covers that are supposed to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The U.N. refugee agency wants to test these individual housing units with an eye toward using them as shelter for Syrians fleeing their country's civil war.

But the plan is meeting stiff resistance from Lebanese officials, who fear that elevating living conditions for Syrian refugees ever so slightly will discourage them from returning home once the fighting ends. That frustrates aid organizations who are desperately trying to manage the massive refugee presence across the country.

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Report: Lebanese Businessman Deported from Saudi Arabia over Hizbullah Ties

Saudi authorities have expelled a Lebanese businessman for alleged ties with Hizbullah, a month after Riyadh announced plans to deport Lebanese who authorities accuse of supporting the Iranian-backed Shiite party, al-Akhbar newspaper reported Saturday.

Al-Akhbar said that the man, whom it did not identify, has several companies and factories that employ hundreds of individuals.

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Asir Bodyguard Testifies over Abra Clashes, Exposes Accomplices

The bodyguard of Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir, who was detained two-days ago while trying to flee via Beirut Airport, has presented valuable confessions over the last month's clashes in the town of Abra.

According to As Safir newspaper published on Saturday, 30-year-old Palestinian Ali Abdul Wahad informed the Lebanese Army intelligence on his personal role in the battles in Abra near the southern city of Sidon.

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Salam Hints Cabinet Formation Efforts Reached a Standstill

Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam has ruled out a new cabinet line-up before the Eid al-Fitr holiday, describing his mission to put together a government as “difficult.”

In remarks to al-Liwaa daily published on Saturday, Salam said the cabinet will not witness light within two weeks, a sign that his efforts to form the government have reached a standstill over the rejection of any party to make compromises.

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Abou Faour Rejects Offers for Loans to Deal with Refugees Crisis

Caretaker Social Affairs Minister Wael Abou Faour rejected on Saturday reports saying that the World Bank will grant Lebanon, instead of donations, soft loans to help it confront the Syrian refugees crisis

“The matter hasn't been proposed yet,” Abou Faour said in comments published in An Nahar.

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Franjieh Announces Supporting the Extension of Qahwaji's Term

Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh voiced on Friday his support for extending the term of Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji.

"We are taking this decision to avoid vacuum as it has become difficult to reach consensus over a new army chief,” Franjieh said after holding talks with former minister Farid Haykal al-Khazen at the latter's residence in Kesrouan district.

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Geagea: Millions of Lebanese Captives in Hizbullah Prison since 1990

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Friday vowed that the LF will continue to search for the Lebanese detainees who “went missing” in Syrian prisons, noting that “there are millions of captives in Lebanon" and accusing Hizbullah of putting the fate of the Lebanese people in danger.

“The detainees in the prisons of the Syrian regime were used for political ends and I ask everyone to be confident that we will carry on with our efforts to release them,” Geagea said at a seminar in Maarab on the Lebanese detainees in Syrian prisons.

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