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Israeli Troops Deploy in Shebaa Outskirts, Position Close to Blue Line

Israeli troops deployed in the outskirts of the town of Shebaa and took combat positions close to Lebanon's Blue Line, the state-run National News Agency said on Saturday.

At 10:00 am, the troops deployed in the al-Shahel area near the Blue Line that demarcates the border between Lebanon and Israel, NNA added.

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Report: Cabinet Crisis Enters New Turn

The government crisis is standing now on a new turn in light of MP Michel Aoun's calls to his supporters to take to the streets and PM Tammam Salam's call for a cabinet session next week which Aoun sees as a challenge, al-Joumhouria daily said on Saturday.

Aoun has called on his supporters to be prepared to take to the streets in protest to the decree approved by the cabinet on Thursday to export agricultural and industrial products by sea.

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Mustaqbal Sources: Saadiyat Incident Highlights Significance of Dialogue

Al-Mustaqbal movement confirmed on Thursday the necessity to continue the dialogue with Hizbullah mainly after al-Saadiyat incident, prominent sources told As Safir daily.

“We adhere to the dialogue with Hizbullah in commitment to the directions of chief Saad Hariri (the movement’s leader). Al-Saadiyat incident showed the importance of the talks between al-Mustaqbal and Hizbullah,” the sources stated.

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Several Injured in Mustaqbal-Resistance Brigades Clashes

Heavy clashes erupted early on Wednesday in the area of al-Saadiyat leaving scores of people injured, including an army personnel, and triggering a state of chaos in the area, an army communique said.

The sides involved in the clashes belonged to different political parties, it added.

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Salam: We Need Prescription to Solve our Political Crisis

Prime Minister Tammam Salam hailed on Tuesday the efforts of the health and labor ministries for the launch of the unified medical prescription form, which he said would “ease the burden on citizens.”

During a ceremony held at the Grand Serail for the occasion, Salam said: “We hereby meet after the strenuous efforts of the health and labor ministries, the syndicates and the National Social Security Fund to reach a national achievement.”

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Reports: Salam to Call for Cabinet Convention, Berri Supports the Move

Chances that the cabinet could resume its stalled sessions are rising as Prime Minister Tammam Salam is likely to call for a convention next week or the week after, pan-Arab al-Hayat daily stated on Sunday.

“Salam met with Speaker Nabih Berri on Saturday and the two men discussed the governmental paralysis, highlighting the need for a quick cabinet convention,” unnamed sources told the daily.

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3 Lebanese Charged in Germany with Backing Syrian Rebel Organization

German federal prosecutors have said they have filed terrorism charges against four men, among them three Lebanese, on allegations they supported an ultraconservative Syrian rebel organization, Ahrar al-Sham.

Prosecutors said Thursday that Lebanese nationals Kassem El R., 32 and Hassan A.S., 29, German Nuran B., 49, and Ali F., 30, who has dual Lebanese-German citizenship, have been charged with supporting a foreign terrorist organization.

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Hizbullah Says Several Jihadists Killed in Attack on IS Gathering Near Arsal

An Islamic State official known as Abu Aisha al-Libi and six other IS jihadists were killed on Friday in a Hizbullah attack on the Kherbet Hamam region on the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal, al-Manar TV said.

The jihadists were reportedly plotting to launch an assault on the outskirts of Ras Baalbek.

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Derbas: Failure to Discuss Cabinet Agenda Could Delay Public Salaries

Minister of Social Affairs Rashid Derbas voiced fears on Saturday that the salaries of the public sector could be delayed if the Free Patriotic Movement continues to reject cabinet discussions and set preconditions that the thorny file of security and military appointments is solved first.

“I might not be able to pay the salaries for the employees at my ministry if the cabinet did not discuss the items on its agenda and approve the treasury loans, which could also drag on other ministries,” Derbas told al-Liwaa newspaper on Saturday.

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Baby Dead in Huge Fire at Bekaa Syrian Refugee Encampment

A major fire broke out Monday at a Syrian refugee encampment in the al-Jrahiyeh area near the Bekaa town of al-Marj, killing a baby and injuring several people.

The flames gutted dozens of tents and pieces of furniture as well as drinking and household water tanks.

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