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Gemayel Says March 14 Tacitly Adopted His Nomination: President Must 'Satisfy Hizbullah, Reassure Christians'

Kataeb Party leader Amin Gemayel on Wednesday announced that the March 14 camp had implicitly endorsed his presidential bid in its recent initiative, calling for the election of a president who would “satisfy Hizbullah, tackle extremism and reassure Christians.”

“The presidential vote is unfortunately being impeded by domestic parties, that's why we cannot speak of nominations while the parliament's doors are closed and quorum is obstructed,” Gemayel said during an interview on Future TV.

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Salam Declares Qatari Help in File of Abducted Soldiers: We Will Not Surrender

Prime Minister Tammam Salam announced on Sunday that Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has been exerting efforts to help free the abducted Lebanese soldiers, stressing that negotiations with “blood” will not make the government surrender.

“Anger is immense but we should know that sedition, which terrorists seek, could be taken advantage of by ignorant individuals and weak souls. It is the entrance to ruin our national peace,” said Salam in a speech addressing the Lebanese.

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American among 18 IS Jihadists Killed in Syria Raid

The death toll from a Syrian government raid on an Islamic State stronghold in eastern Syria has risen to 18, including an American fighter with the jihadist group, a monitor said Thursday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday's strike destroyed a building being used as a headquarters and a prison by IS militants in Deir Ezzor province.

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Flames Set Ablaze More than 70 Refugee Tents in Zahle

A huge fire erupted on Friday afternoon in Sahel al-Fayda area on the outskirts of the Bekaa city of Zahle, setting several refugee tents ablaze.

The fire set ablaze “more than 70 tents,” LBCI television reported, adding that civil defense forces rushed to the scene to contain the flames.

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Arab Israelis Arrested over Alleged Contact with Hizbullah

The Shin Bet security service has announced the arrest of a number of Israeli Arabs suspected of contacting Hizbullah in an alleged attempt by the party to carry out attacks in the Jewish State, Israeli media reported.

Four men were arrested in Israel for having direct contact with Hizbullah, the Shin Bet said in a statement on Thursday.

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Jordan Charges 8 with Recruiting Hizbullah Fighters, Planning anti-U.S. and Israel 'Terror Plots'

Jordanian military prosecutors on Monday charged eight suspects, including a Syrian fugitive, with plotting to attack U.S. soldiers and Israel's embassy in the kingdom and recruiting people to join Hizbullah.

"State security court prosecutors accused the eight men with plotting to carry out terrorist acts, including attacks against U.S. soldiers in 2006 and the Israeli embassy in Amman," a court official told Agence France Presse.

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Franjieh Urges Unity in Face of Terrorism: Army-People-Resistance Equation Has Imposed Itself

Marada Movement leader Suleiman Franjieh on Saturday called for unity in Lebanon “to confront terrorism,” reiterating that the army-people-resistance equation is necessary in the confrontation.

"Our political choices turned out to be correct again and now it is time to face dangers and terrorism. We all agree that this is terrorism,” Franjieh said in an interview on al-Manar television.

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Nasrallah Says Ready to Confront Existential Threat Facing Lebanon: Those Considering ISIL a Joke Are Detached from Reality

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned on Friday of a “real existential danger” threatening Lebanon and the region, calling for putting all differences aside to face the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

“We have to believe that there is a real existential danger threatening us all and it is not a joke,” Nasrallah said during a televised speech he gave on the occasion of the July 2006 war “victory.”

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Geagea Calls for Releasing Abducted Soldiers 'Militarily,' Rejects Parliament Term Extension

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea on Wednesday rejected any exchange between Roumieh inmates or other extremist detainees and soldiers kidnapped during the clashes of the northeastern town of Arsal, declaring that he supports a military operation to free the abducted troops.

Geagea also announced that he rejects extending the parliament's term.

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Change and Reform Bloc Requests 'Clarifications' on Arsal Clashes, Militants' Escape

The Change and Reform parliamentary bloc on Tuesday asked official authorities to provide explanations on the circumstances of the latest clashes between army troops and extremist militants in the northeastern border town of Arsal, requesting also information on the gunmen's withdrawal along with the kidnapped soldiers.

Free Patriotic Movement leader “MP (Michel) Aoun warned last week of negotiating with terrorists and said that what is needed is supporting the army and finding radical solutions, which means informing citizens about what is happening and what are the responsibilities and what is the battle's fate,” MP Ibrahim Kanaan said after the Change and Reform bloc's weekly meeting.

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