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Report: Military Leadership 'Doing All It Can' on Abducted Servicemen File

Efforts to uncover the fate of Lebanese servicemen abducted by the Islamic State terror group are “ongoing away from media spotlight,” and the “military leadership is doing everything it can” in that regard, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Wednesday.

In an interview to the daily, a security source who spoke on condition of anonymity said: “Let us stop the bidding in the file of hostaged servicemen. The military leadership is doing everything it can and will not hesitate to open any possible channel that could lead to results.”

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'We Want Accountability' Protesters Block Finance Ministry, Reject Tax Hikes

Civil society activists from the 'We Want Accountability' campaign gathered on Wednesday near the Finance Ministry in a move they said aimed at discouraging the government from imposing new taxes.

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Parliament Approves New Wage Scale as Debate of Funding Continues

Parliament on Tuesday approved the long-awaited new wage scale for civil servants and the armed forces although without a final agreement on the sources of funding.

Speaker Nabih Berri adjourned the legislative session to Wednesday after lawmakers approved the reforms related to the wage scale following the amendment of some articles.

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Hariri Emphasizes 'No Coordination' between Lebanese and Syrian Armies

Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Tuesday stressed that there is no coordination between the “Lebanese and Syrian armies” emphasizing that the country's military forces are responsible to defend Lebanon's territory.

“There is no coordination between the armies of Lebanon and Syria,” he said pointing out that the “Lebanese military will carry out a well-calculated plan in the outskirts of Arsal. The government gives it full freedom,” to react, said Hariri during a parliamentary meeting.

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Aoun: Lebanon Incapable of Bearing Refugees Burden Any Longer

President Michel Aoun on Tuesday said that Lebanon was no longer capable of handling the growing burden of Syrian refugees on Lebanese territories, the National News Agency reported.

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Report: Arsal Battle Draws Closer after Failed Negotiations with Nusra

Mediated negotiations between al-Nusra Front group and Hizbullah, through Saraya Ahl al-Sham and other mediators, to evacuate Nusra militants from the outskirts of Arsal have reportedly failed, raising the prospects of a Hizbullah operation to oust them from the area, the pan-Arab al-Hayat daily reported on Tuesday.

“Negotiations between al-Nusra and Hizbullah to evacuate militants from the outskirts were halted around three days ago. Its failure will likely give Hizbullah the green light to carry out a military operation, it gestured ten days ago, unless some new developments emerge,” security sources told the daily on condition anonymity.

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Jumblat Praises Palestinian 'Mujaheddin' after Jerusalem Attack

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat praised Friday's Jerusalem attack that resulted in the death of two Israeli soldiers, stressing that “dignities of worshipers must be kept untouched.”

“Respect for the heroic mujaheddin who killed occupant soldiers of Israel in Jerusalem,” said Jumblat in a tweet.

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Saqr Charges Five Syrians With Terror Links

State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr charged 5 Syrian suspects with belonging to the Islamic State organization and with fighting against the Lebanese army, the National News Agency reported on Monday.

The suspects were charged with having planned to carry out terrorist attacks and for taking part in battles against the Lebanese army during the Arsal 2014 clashes, NNA added.

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Hariri: Lebanon Will Always Stand by Saudi Arabia

Prime Minister Saad Hariri stressed on Monday that Lebanon will always be supportive of Saudi Arabia as it has supported it before.

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Syrian Raids Strike Militants in Arsal's Outskirts

Early on Monday, Syrian warplanes staged raids on positions of militants in the outskirts of Arsal on the border with Syria, the National News Agency said.

Syrian warplanes regularly target militants in the border area with Lebanon.

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