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Lebanese Suspect Arrested as Dominican Agents Break Up Drug Lab

Anti-drug agents in the Dominican Republic said they have dismantled a synthetic drug laboratory and arrested five people, including a Lebanese suspect.

Abel Rojas, a spokesman for the Caribbean country's National Drug Control Directorate, said the clandestine drug lab in the northern town of Villa Gonzalez made ecstasy, or MDMA.

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Wanted ex-Italian PM Aide Detained in Beirut

Internal Security Forces arrested in Beirut on Saturday an Italian national who is wanted by the Interpol for belonging to a “criminal organization.”

"The Intelligence Bureau arrested Marcello Dell'Utri in a hotel in Beirut,” the ISF said in a released statement.

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Twin Car Bombs Kill 25 in Syria's Homs

Two car bombs killed at least 25 people, including women and children, in a government-held neighborhood of Syria's central city of Homs Wednesday, state news agency SANA reported.

Another 100 people were wounded in Karam al-Luz, in attacks SANA blamed on "terrorists," the government's term for people fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad.

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Killer of Soldiers in Akkar Shoots Himself Dead, Accomplice Arrested

The killer of two Lebanese soldiers in an area in the northern district of Akkar committed suicide overnight and another accomplice was caught, the army and the state-run National News Agency said Wednesday.

The army said in a communique that Ali Hussein Taleb was found dead after he committed suicide but the military was able to arrest Bara' al-Kik after carrying out several raids in the town of Fnaideq.

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Aoun Says Will Not Run in Presidential Race if Mustaqbal Endorses Geagea

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun announced on Wednesday that he will not be a presidential candidate against Lebanese Forces head Samir Geagea, if the latter gained al-Mustaqbal Movement's support.

"If the March 14 coalition and al-Mustaqbal Movement announced their support for Geagea in the presidential elections, I will not nominate myself,” Aoun stated in an interview on Al-Mayadeen television.

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No Bond for Detroit-area Man Linked to Hizbullah

A Detroit-area man accused of trying to travel to the Middle East to fight alongside Hizbullah in Syria's civil war will remain in custody while his case moves through court.

The government said Monday that 22-year-old Mohammad Hamdan wanted to join Hizbullah, which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization.

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3 Troops Martyred, 4 Wounded in Suicide Attack Targeting Arsal Army Checkpoint

Three troops were martyred and four others were wounded on Saturday evening in the border town of Arsal when a suicide bomber driving a booby-trapped car blew himself up at an army checkpoint in region.

"A suicide bomber driving a booby-trapped car blew himself up at an army checkpoint in the Wadi Ata region in Arsal,” the military institution said in a communique.

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Nasrallah Supports Dialogue after Presidential Vote, Says Equation Remains Golden 'Even if Someone Changes Their Opinion'

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah hinted on Saturday that his party will boycott national dialogue, encouraging instead the election of a new president before resuming talks.

Nasrallah also lashed out at president Michel Suleiman's stance on the army-people-resistance equation.

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Franjieh Nominates Aoun for Presidency without Withdrawing Own Candidacy

Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh announced Thursday that he nominates his ally Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun for the presidency of the republic, noting that he will not run in person without Aoun's "consent."

“My name has been suggested as a possible presidential candidate but I will support General Michel Aoun and I won't accept to run in the election without General Aoun's consent,” Franjieh told LBCI television, in a weekly TV show dedicated to interviewing the major presidential candidates.

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Sisi Resigns from Military Service, Announces Running for President

Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Wednesday he had he quit the military to run for president, in a widely anticipated move almost nine months after he toppled the elected leader.

Sisi, who was also defense minister, faces no serious competition in the upcoming election, likely before June, and is expected to easily win the poll riding on a wave of popularity.

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