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Army Stages Raids in Britel

The Lebanese army carried out raids in the border town of Britel in the Bekaa region in search for suspects involved in several crimes, the National News Agency reported on Thursday.

The army staged the raids at dawn and searched the houses of fugitives against the backdrop of abductions, selling stolen goods, and selling banned products.

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Soaid to Launch Petition Against Reshaping Political System

March 14 General Secretariat Coordinator Fares Soaid revealed on Thursday that he will soon launch a petition that will reject any amendments to Lebanon's political system, the Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) said.

Soaid stated that he will “launch the petition that will be signed by Lebanese citizens rejecting amendments to Lebanon’s political system which is based on the 1989 Taef accord.”

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Khalil on Syrian Refugees: International Community Failed Lebanon

Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil on Thursday expressed disappointment in the international community's dealing with the issue of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

“Having more than 1.5 million displaced Syrians obligates the international community to adhere to its commitments towards Lebanon,” said Khalil in a speech he made during the Guidance Committee's first meeting over a new funding initiative.

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Residents of Ain Dara Protest Establishment of Cement Factory

Residents of the Mount Lebanon town of Ain Dara gathered on Wednesday in the area of Dahr al-Baydar at the request of the town’s municipal chief to protest against the establishment of a cement plant in the town, the National News Agency reported.

The people banned cement mixer vehicles from entering the village, NNA added.

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Cabinet Postpones Telecoms File Discussions

The cabinet met on Wednesday with plans to address the extension of the contracts of the mobile service providers but adjourned discussions to a later session that was scheduled for the week after.

Prime Minister Tammam Salam chaired the meeting at the Grand Serail to address the telecommunications sector, amid statements made by Telecommunications Minister Butros Harb before joining the ministers at the cabinet that the issue will be postponed to another session.

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Office of Al-Jadeed TV Owner Attacked Overnight

Unknown assailants opened gunfire overnight at the office of owner of al-Jadeed TV Tahsin Khayyat in Beirut's Bir Hassan neighborhood, the National News Agency reported on Wednesday.

The agency said that the shooting inflicted material damages on the building where the office is located.

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Report: Army Ups Security Precautions to Counter Terror Plots

The Lebanese army has upped its security measures recently to counter any acts of sabotage that could be carried out by terror groups, a senior security source told al-Joumhouria daily on Wednesday.

The daily added that Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji will issue his Order of the Day marking Army Day on the first of August. Qahwaji will pinpoint the elements of danger that could be threatening Lebanon and will also issue guidance to the military force to maintain high alert to counter any potential menace.

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Lebanese Comments on Mauritania Trigger Spat ahead of Summit

Prime Minister Tammam Salam and the Lebanese delegation attended the Arab League summit in the Mauritanian capital on Monday but were not expected to spend the night there, the Associated Press reported on Monday, shortly after Health Minister Wael Abu Faour questioned the impoverished African nation's ability to host top delegations.

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Extremist Brother of Fadel Shaker Turns Himself in to Army

The brother of Fadel Shaker, an affiliate of detained extremist cleric Ahmed al-Asir, turned himself in to the Lebanese army in the southern city of Sidon on Monday, the National News Agency reported.

Fugitive Abou al-Abed Shmandur, the brother of Shaker, has turned himself in to the Lebanese army intelligence at the Taamir checkpoint, NNA said.

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EDL Contract Workers Stage Sit-in as Man Tries to Immolate Self

Electricite Du Liban contract workers staged sit-ins on Monday in various Lebanese regions pushing a longstanding demand for their full-time employment, the National News Agency reported on Monday.

Protesting contract employees in the southern city of Tyre staged a protest inside the company's headquarters. Meanwhile around 5 staff members continued their work normally, NNA said.

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