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Berri: Israel Started Stealing Lebanon's Gas

Speaker Nabih Berri revealed on Monday that Israel has already started stealing amounts of Lebanon's offshore gas, expressing astonishment at the government’s “lack of interest,” al-Akhbar daily reported.

The Speaker told the daily that he received almost certain information from an international scientific figure that Israel is stealing Lebanon's gas from a basin near the maritime borders with occupied Palestine, and at cut-rate expenses.

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Army Denies Syria-Based Terrorists Kidnapped Soldiers in Brital

The army command denied on Monday that terrorists have infiltrated Lebanese territories in the eastern Bekaa Valley and kidnapped more soldiers.

The denial was made to the state-run National News Agency.

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Berri, Jumblat Criticize Performance of Arsal Hostages Committee

Speaker Nabih Berri and Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblat have expressed anger at the performance of a committee tasked with resolving the crisis of Lebanese hostages.

The meetings of the committee, which is made up of ministers and security officials, haven't made progress, Berri told his visitors.

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Report: Al-Nusra Trainer Returns to Ain el-Hilweh

Two terrorists have returned from fighting in Syria and entered the southern Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh, al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Monday.

The daily quoted security officials as saying that Mohammed al-Aarifi, who hails from the southern city of Sidon but for long lived in Ain el-Hilweh, had been training al-Nusra Front fighters in Syria.

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Derbas to Urge World Community to Take its Share of Syria Refugee Problem

Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas, who is scheduled to travel to Geneva on Monday to attend a conference on Syrian refugees, said he would urge the international community to carry out its duties and resolve the crisis.

Derbas told al-Liwaa newspaper that during his speech at the conference he will reiterate the repercussions of the Syrian refugee crisis on Lebanon, particularly on its economy.

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Qatar Ends Arsal Hostage Efforts, Salam Remains Silent

Qatar’s foreign ministry said in a statement issued on Sunday night that it had launched the mediation efforts upon Lebanon's request and for humanitarian reasons.

But it put an end to its efforts after its envoy failed to resolve the crisis.

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Qaouq Welcomes Hizbullah-Mustaqbal Dialogue, Says it Averts Strife

Deputy head of Hizbullah's Executive Council Sheikh Nabil Qaouq stressed that Hizbullah is going ahead with internal talks in Lebanon “out of its keenness on national interests,” reported the National News Agency on Sunday.

He said in reference to the expected dialogue between Hizbullah and the Mustaqbal Movement: “Dialogue will help avert strife.”

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Syrian Refugee Tents Set on Fire in Akkar as Others Come under Gunfire in Bekaa

Unknown assailants set on fire on Sunday Syrian refugee tents in the northern region of Akkar, reported the National News Agency.

It said that the development took place in Masha in the second of such incidents in two days.

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Report: Negotiations on Arsal Captives 'Very Difficult' as Muslim Scholars Proposal Being Considered

The situation regarding the release of the policemen and soldiers kidnapped from the northeastern border town of Arsal is “dangerous” as Lebanon is living “under constant threats,” reported the daily An Nahar on Sunday.

Ministerial sources told the daily that negotiations to release the Arsal captives “are very difficult.”

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Salam Heads to Paris Wednesday for Talks with Hollande

Prime Minister Tammam Salam is scheduled to travel to the French capital Paris next week where he will meet with President Francois Hollande and a number of officials, reported the daily An Nahar on Sunday.

It said that the premier will discuss with the French president the three-billion dollar grant to the army and implementing it on the ground “as soon as possible through providing weapons to the army.”

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