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1 Dead, 10 Held as Riot Erupts at Jordan Syrian Refugee Camp

A man was killed and 10 Syrian refugees were arrested when a riot erupted in a desert camp of northern Jordan, a security chief said on Sunday.

"Unknown assailants shot and killed a 25-year-old Syrian man during the riots on Saturday" at Zaatari refugee camp, Brigadier General Waddah Hmud said.

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Army Arrests Five Armed Syrians in Arsal

The Lebanese army arrested on Sunday a number of armed Syrians in the Bekaa region of Arsal, reported Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3).

It said that a shootout broke out between the army and the five Syrians when they opened fire at an army patrol in the Wadi Hmayyed area.

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13 Dead in Homs Blast as Mortars Kill 2 at Damascus Opera House

At least 13 rebels died in a blast in the city of Homs in central Syria on Sunday as they primed a car bomb for an attack, an NGO said.

In the capital, meanwhile, two people were killed when mortar fire struck the Damascus Opera House.

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Army Begins Removing Hizbullah Checkpoints in Baalbek, al-Hermel

The army kicked off on Saturday preliminary measures to begin implementing in the northern and central Bekaa a security plan similar to the one executed in the northern city of Tripoli, reported the daily An Nahar on Sunday.

It said that the army's removal of Hizbullah checkpoints between the regions of Baalbek and al-Hermel and in Arsal is the first sign of the implementation of the plan.

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Salam Warns of Presidential Vacuum, Calls for Communicating with Hizbullah on Syria War Involvement

Prime Minister Tammam Salam on Saturday warned of vacuum in the presidency, considering that it would drag Lebanon into “a difficult and critical phase.”

He also called on local factions to communicate with Hizbullah regarding the party's involvement in the ongoing Syrian war.

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Mortar Shells Slam into Aleppo, Syrian Capital

Mortar shells slammed into several areas of the Syrian capital on Saturday, with one hitting near the Russian embassy without causing injuries, a monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said regime troops battled rebels in Eastern Ghouta near the capital, while opposition forces tightened their siege of a military base in Idlib province of northwest Syria.

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Turkey's Keeps YouTube Ban after Court Backtrack

YouTube will remain blocked in Turkey, despite the end to a similar controversial ban on Twitter, after a court backtracked on an earlier ruling to grant access to the video-sharing site.

The court in the capital Ankara on Friday lifted a March 27 government decision blocking access to YouTube, saying the blanket ban violated human rights, and instead restricting 15 videos.

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12 Lebanese, Including Rifaat Eid, Charged with Belonging to Armed Terrorist Group

State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr charged on Saturday 12 Lebanese, including Arab Democratic Party politburo chief Rifaat Eid, with belonging to an armed group, possession of arms and inciting sedition.

State-run National News Agency reported that the 12 men are charged with belonging to an armed terrorist group, seeking to carry out terrorist acts and involvement in gunbattles between the rival neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh in the northern city of Tripoli.

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Woman Returns Home after Tripoli Kidnap Ordeal

A woman, who was abducted in the northern city of Tripoli, was released on Saturday in unknown circumstances.

State-run National News Agency reported that 43-year-old Sawsan Abdul Haq, who hails from the town of Hayzouq in the northern region of Akkar and been kidnapped on Friday while en route to Tripoli, was transferred to the Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau in the northern city.

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Zawahiri Says Jihadist Infighting in Syria is 'Sedition'

Al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has told rival jihadists in Syria to accept independent Islamic arbitration to end three months of infighting, saying in an audio message Friday the violence is "sedition".

Powerful rebel groups in Syria, including the Islamic Front and al-Qaida's affiliate Al-Nusra Front, have been locked in fierce fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) since January.

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