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Judge Charges Four over IS Affiliation

State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr pressed charges against four individuals, two Lebanese and two Syrians, over affiliation to the Islamic State terrorist group, the National News Agency said on Saturday.

The suspects were accused of carrying out terrorist acts, preparing for suicide attacks, bombing security forces' centers and checkpoints in close proximity to official headquarters, NNA added.

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Illegal Immigrants Ring Facilitating Prostitution Busted in Dora

General Security forces in Mount Lebanon busted 36 African suspects in Beirut's Dora area on charges of residing illegally in Lebanon and for facilitating prostitution, the National News Agency reported Saturday.

“After thoroughly tracking members of the network, comprised of 36 individuals of different African nationalities, General Security Intelligence Units were able to bust the cell and confiscate some amounts of hashish and cocaine in their possession,” NNA said.

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Army Raids in Masharih al-Qaa in Search of Gunmen

The Lebanese Army staged wide security raids at dawn on Saturday in the northeastern region of Masharih al-Qaa and arrested tens of suspects, the National News Agency reported Saturday.

The Airborne Regiment, a Land Border Regiment unit and the Army Intelligence staged the raids in the Syrian refugee encampments in Masharih al-Qaa in search of fugitives, NNA added.

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Plastic Surgeon Reported Missing Found Dead in Sidon

The body of a man who has been reported missing 40 days ago was found in the southern city of Sidon with a driver's license next to him carrying his name and place of residence, the National News Agency reported Friday.

The body which carried clear signs of torture, belongs to citizen Haitham Ali Raad (from Bednayel, born in 1965) residing in Beirut's southern suburbs, NNA added.

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Hizbullah Says Made No Pledge not to Retaliate against Israel

Hizbullah has slammed as “baseless” reports alleging that the party has pledged not to retaliate against Israeli strikes that hit inside Syria, LBCI reported Friday.

“Media reports quoted Israeli enemy alleging that Hizbullah made a pledge to Russia not to respond to Israeli airstrikes inside Syria...are baseless and unfounded,” Hizbullah media office said in a statement on Friday.

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Berri: Preparations for Parliamentary Elections Behind Time

In light of stalled efforts to line-up a new cabinet, Speaker Nabih Berri warned that Lebanon is behind time as for the preparations needed to hold the parliamentary elections as scheduled in June 2017, An Nahar daily reported Friday.

“The tenure of the current parliament ends on June 20, 2017, and the elections must be staged two months ahead. The door closes on the nominations three months before the parliament's tenure ends. The commission overlooking the elections must be formed six months in advance, that is at the beginning of the year,” Berri told his visitors.

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Kanaan: Proportional Representation, Reforms 'Cure' Regime

Change and Reform bloc MP Ibrahim Kanaan said on Thursday that proportional representation together with the reforms proposed to the election law, are the serious solution for the regime's problems.

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Prison for Michigan Man Sought to Join Hizbullah, Fight in Syria

A Detroit-area man accused of trying to travel to the Middle East to fight in Syria's civil war has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Mohammad Hamdan has been in custody for nearly three years and will get credit for that time. He was sentenced Wednesday, about four months after pleading guilty to making false statements to agents.

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Parliamentary Committee Repeals Contentious Rape Law

The Administration and Justice Parliamentary Committee repealed on Wednesday article 522 in the Lebanese law that allows a rapist to get away with his crime if he marries the survivor.

The decision came following protests that called for the law annulment.

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Overnight Armed Clashes Erupt in Ain el-Hilweh

Armed clashes erupted overnight between the Palestinian Fatah Movement and the Bilal Badr armed group in the Ain el-Hilweh refugee camp near the southern city of Sidon. The sound of intermittent gunfire resonated until morning, the National News Agency reported Wednesday.

NNA said the clash erupted at midnight when two suspects on a motorcycle drove beside a Fatah position in the al-Fawqani neighborhood and started shooting gunfire into the air drawing suspicion of a Fatah Movement security member.

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