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Plumbly Rules Out Naturalization of Syrian Refugees

U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly ruled out the naturalization of Syrian refugees, denying international pressure to keep the displaced in Lebanon.

In remarks to As Safir daily published on Thursday, Plumbly said: “The issue of the naturalization of the Syrian refugees is out of the question.”

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Lebanon Among Nations with Most Gender Inequality

Lebanon suffers from severe gender inequality, according to the annual Gender Gap Index issued by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum on Tuesday.

The survey showed Lebanon falling to 135th place in the list of 142 nations after being ranked 123rd out of 136 countries surveyed last year.

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Nasrallah Says Main Responsibility Falls on Saudi in Anti-IS Fight

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Monday that Saudi Arabia must shoulder a bigger responsibility in the fight against the extremist ideology of the Islamic State group, noting that military efforts alone cannot eradicate the jihadist organization.

“Nowadays, the prime responsibility in the Islamic world for stopping the proliferation of this ideology falls on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech.

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Abu Faour Says Tests Confirmed RHUH Patient Does Not Have Ebola

Health Minister Wael Abu Faour said Thursday that a patient underwent medical tests in an isolation room at the Rafik Hariri University Hospital in Beirut to determine whether he was infected with the deadly Ebola virus.

Abu Faour confirmed after the tests were done that the patient "is not infected with Ebola and will be leaving the hospital.”

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U.S. Arms Airdrop Falls into Jihadist Hands in Syria

A U.S. military airdrop of weapons meant for Kurdish fighters fell into the hands of their jihadist foes near the Syrian battleground town of Kobane, a monitor said Tuesday.

The U.S. Air Force parachuted crates of weapons, ammunition and medical supplies on Sunday night to resupply Kurds defending the Syrian town of Kobane from the Islamic State group (IS) jihadists.

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Moqbel Begins Three-Day Visit to Tehran

Defense Minister Samir Moqbel on Saturday started a three-day visit to Tehran for talks expected to culminate in him securing military equipment to bolster Lebanon's fight against jihadists.

His visit comes two weeks after Iran vowed to supply the Lebanese army with much-needed equipment following its deadly clashes with fighters from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida affiliate, al-Nusra Front, on the Syrian border in August.

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Jumblat Rejects Iran Grant, Coordination with Syria as He Refuses Terrorist Label for Nusra

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat on Tuesday rejected any military coordination between the Lebanese and Syrian armies and warned that the proposed Iranian grant would create “obstacles” for the country.

“It is inevitable to reach an internal settlement in order to preserve the military institution and address the repercussions of the Syrian war on Lebanon,” Jumblat said in an interview on OTV.

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Jordan Begins Trial of 8 on Charges of 'Joining' Hizbullah, Acts of 'Terrorism'

A Jordanian military court began on Monday the trial of eight suspects on charges of joining Hizbullah and trying to commit "terrorist acts" in the kingdom.

According to Jordan's Petra News Agency, the military commission at the State Security court held a session to begin the trial of eight people accused of belonging to Hizbullah.

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'FSA-Held' Hizbullah Fighter in Video Plea as Party Seizes Militants Bodies

A “war of hostages” appears to have started between Hizbullah and Syrian rebels in the border region of Qalamun, with sources announcing that the Lebanese group has seized the bodies of dozens of militants and the Free Syrian Army publishing a video featuring a Hizbullah captive.

Syrian activists were on Thursday circulating the video, in which a Hizbullah fighter identified as Imad Ayyad urges his family to “meet the demands” of the FSA should they contact them.

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Qassem Says Shebaa Blast 'Message to Israel', Brital Attack 'Total Failure' for Militants

Hizbullah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem on Tuesday described the bomb attack that targeted an Israeli patrol in the occupied Shebaa Farms as a message that is “addressed exclusively to Israel,” although it came two days after fierce battles with jihadist militants in Brital's outskirts.

“The bombs were detonated based on the movements of the enemy's troops and this means that the resistance is ready and its eyes are open,” Qassem said in an interview on OTV.

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