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U.S., Saudi Jointly Blacklist Hizbullah Official on Eve of Trump Visit

As U.S. President Donald Trump prepared to head to Saudi Arabia on Friday, Washington and Riyadh issued their first "joint terrorist designation" -- blacklisting a Hizbullah leader.

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Riachi: LF-FPM Coordinating Efforts, Elections Likely in Sept. under Proportional System

Information Minister Melhem Riachi assured that coordination continues between the Lebanese Forces and the Free Patriotic Movement to find common ground on a new electoral law, pointing out that elections will probably be held under a proportional representation system with as many as ten electoral districts.

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Report: Aoun May Sign Decree Launching Preparations for Elections

President Michel Aoun may sign a decree at the end of the parliament's term giving the green light to start preparations for Lebanon's parliamentary polls, al-Akhbar daily reported on Saturday.

Reports circulating said that Aoun might sign the decree on June 18, one day before the parliament's term officially ends, signaling the launch of preparations for the parliamentary polls, the daily said.

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INTERPOL to Strengthen Counter-Terrorism Efforts and Programs

President of the INTERPOL Foundation for a Safer World Elias Murr, met on Friday with senior INTERPOL officials in Paris, where talks focused on the organization's future programs and plans to face the dangers of terrorism, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

Murr, a former deputy Prime Minister and ex-Minister, met in Lyon with Secretary-General of the International Criminal Police Organization, Jürgen Stock. Discussions focused on the future steps to follow up on security programs and strengthen efforts to combat terrorism and organized crime, said the daily.

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Man Arrested for Smuggling 248 kg of Drug Material

The army arrested a suspect on the northern Arsal-Labweh highway over charges of smuggling materials used in the manufacturing of narcotics, the Lebanese Army Orientation Directorate said in a statement on Friday.

After thorough follow-up, army intelligence units detained Mohammed Hussein Rayid on the Labweh-Arsal highway, said the statement.

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Qassem: 1960 Vote Law Still in Force

MP Qassem Hashem stressed on Friday that efforts to ease obstacles preventing an agreement on a new voting system are ongoing, stressing that Lebanon's current 1960 electoral law was still in effect "whether we like it or not".

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Report: Hizbullah Kept No Posts on Eastern Border, Area in Army's Grip

The Lebanese army continues to target the posts of militants in the outskirts of Ras Baalbek and Arsal, amid “absence of any Hizbullah presence” after the latter handed over to the army its military posts on Lebanon's eastern border, media reports said on Friday.

“Hizbullah has no more positions in Arsal or Ras Baalbek. The army alone is positioned there and has expanded its deployment on the entire Lebanese eastern border,” a senior military source told al-Joumhouria daily on condition of anonymity.

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Report: 1960 Vote Law Chances on the Rise

Chances for Lebanon's parliamentary elections to be staged in accordance with the electoral law in force (the 1960) have grown, after political parties failed to agree on a new voting system to rule the May polls, al-Akhbar daily reported on Friday.

However, political forces insist that a new voting system can be “born” within a few days despite the fact that efforts have failed for many years to devise one, added the daily.

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Mystery Shrouds Abu Malek al-Talli's Fate after Arsal Outskirts Strike

The top official of the jihadist al-Nusra Front group in the border region between Syria and Lebanon, Abu Malek al-Talli, might have been killed in a strike Wednesday in the outskirts of the Lebanese border town of Arsal, media reports said on Thursday.

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Report: Newly Formed French Govt. Might Help Boost Halted Saudi Grant

A halted Saudi grant to provide the Lebanese army with French weapons, might be revived by the newly formed French government under elected President Emmanuel Macron, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Thursday.

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