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Adwan: Reconsidering Aoun's Election an Alternative for FPM's Street Mobilities

Lebanese Forces MP George Adwan said on Saturday that an alternative to the street rallies that the Free Patriotic Movement has vowed to take on September 28 and October 13 is that al-Mustaqbal Movement chief ex-PM Saad Hariri reconsiders the election of founder of the FPM MP Michel Aoun as president, the state-run National News Agency reported on Saturday.

“The main problem in Lebanon is the absence of a president. The alternative to these moves (FPM's threats) is that former Premier Saad Hariri reconsiders the election of Aoun as a president of the republic,” said Adwan.

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Report: Lebanese-Palestinian Security Meeting in Sidon Following Recurrent Incidents

A security meeting took place between the Lebanese Army Forces Intelligence Chief in the south Brigadier General Khodr Hammoud, and a delegation from the Palestinian political leadership and the Palestinian Supreme Security Committee to address the situation in the southern Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh following the latest incidents, Al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

The meeting was held at Mohammed Zgheib Barracks in Sidon and came to assess the conditions following an army operation in al-Tawari neighborhood in the camp and to stem clashes that erupted in al-Fawqani street against the backdrop of a killing incident that left Palestinian Simon Taha dead early this week.

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Female Arrested in Attempt to Smuggle Narcotics into Roumieh

Security forces at the Roumieh prison foiled an attempt to smuggle hashish and narcotics into the prison, an ISF statement said on Saturday.

On 20/9/2016 prison authorities at Roumieh thwarted an attempt, by two female visitors, to smuggle g 250 of hashish, and 450 pills of narcotics into the juvenile ward, the ISF Public Relations Department said in a statement on Saturday.

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Salameh: To Implement International Regulations to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorism

Central Bank Governor, Riad Salameh, called for implementing international standards and issuing required regulations so as to combat money laundering and terror funding in the region, the state-run National News Agency reported on Friday.

Salameh's words came during the 40th meeting of the Council of Arab Central Banks Governors which took place in Rabat.

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Armed Clashes Renew between Fatah and Islamist Members

Gunbattles renewed on Thursday between the Fatah Movement and members of an Islamist group led by Bilal Badr in the southern Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh.

The sounds of intermittent shooting continued early on Thursday between the fighting parties, NNA said.

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Berri Calls Parliament to Session on Sept. 28 to Elect President

Speaker Nabih Berri called the parliamentarians for a meeting on September 28 to elect a head for the Lebanese republic after they failed over 44 sessions to achieve the goal.

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Bassil Blames Arab Countries for Aggravating Refugee Crisis

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil blamed the Arab countries for the worsening refugee crisis as he pointed out that “terrorism has surpassed all boundaries,” the National News Agency reported on Thursday.

Bassil highlighted the simmering refugee crisis, he wondered whether encouraging migration and losing diversity in the region was what Arabs really wanted.

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Report: Cabinet Will Convene, Qahwaji's Term on Agenda

Prime Minister Tammam Salam will call the cabinet for a meeting as soon as he returns from a U.N. meeting in New York, to address a pending agenda that was postponed from an earlier gathering including delaying the term extension of Army commander General Jean Qahwaji and Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Walid Salman, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Thursday.

Ministerial sources spoke on condition of anonymity and asserted to the daily that Salam will call the cabinet to session next Thursday to discuss an agenda that was postponed after it was boycotted by ministers of the Free Patriotic Movement and Tashnaq party. It is planned to address other issues that surfaced.

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Shooting and Theft Incidents in Bekaa Overnight

Unknown assailants opened gunfire at two men in the Bekaa town of Majdal Anjar at dawn, the National News Agency reported on Wednesday.

The victims, R.N. and M.A.H. were driving through the town in a Hyundai when they went under fire by unknown assailants, NNA said.

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Adwan: Electing Aoun or Stipulating New Election Law Avert Escalation

Lebanese Forces deputy chief MP George Adwan stated that the party will be compelled to escalate measures shall one of its two plans that include the election of MP Michel Aoun as president or stipulating a new parliamentary election law, fail to be achieved, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Wednesday.

The LF believes that avoiding escalation can be achieved through two approaches: the election of founder of the Free Patriotic Movement Aoun as head of state, or stipulating a new law for the parliamentary elections. The LF is operating based on a drawn plan to achieve these two goals through its relations with allies and the basic political parties, said the daily.

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