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Russian envoy urges restraint to pave way for 'peace process'

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Friday met with Vladimir Safronkov, the Russian foreign minister’s special envoy for Lebanon.

“The meeting tackled the situation in south Lebanon and Gaza and the stalled peace process,” the National News Agency said.

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Raad says war's course to become clear within days

Hezbollah’s top lawmaker Mohammad Raad on Friday noted that the “course” of his group’s conflict with Israel will become clear “within a few days,” in an apparent reference to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the U.S.

“Let us be patient for a few days to see the prospects and the atmosphere that we will move forward in. We will not hesitate or give up our resistant choice and we will not weaken in the face of the arrogance of tyranny and occupation,” Raad added.

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'No dialogue, no president,' Berri says

"Without dialogue, there will be no president," pro-Hezbollah al-Akhbar newspaper quoted Speaker Nabih Berri as saying.

The daily reported Friday that Berri thinks that "it's much easier today" as all parties, except one - the Lebanese Forces -, have agreed to participate in his dialogue initiative, including the Free Patriotic Movement.

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Tensions boil after Israeli strikes kill at least four in Lebanon

Israeli artillery shelled Friday the southern border town of Houla and the outskirts of Kfarshouba and Kfarhamam, a day after Israeli strikes killed at least five people in Lebanon.

Hezbollah for its part attacked Friday, for the first time since war broke out, Abirim in north Israel in response to Israeli attacks on civilians in south Lebanon. The group also targeted a post in the occupied Kfarshouba Hills with a heavy rocket it said was made by Hezbollah fighters.

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Israeli airstrike kills several elite Hezbollah fighters in south Lebanon

An Israeli airstrike killed a commander and other militants from Hezbollah's elite Radwan Force late Thursday in southern Lebanon, according to the group and Israel's military.

Hezbollah confirmed the death of one of its commanders, Ali Jaafar Maatouq, also known as Habib Maatouq. Israel said in a statement it had killed Maatouq and another Radwan Force commander, as well as other members of Hezbollah's secretive special forces, which operate along the border.

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Gegea accuses FPM, Hezbollah of 'obstructing change'

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea accused Thursday the so-called Axis of Defiance and the Free Patriotic Movement of obstructing change in Lebanon.

The FPM prioritizes its "narrow interests", Geagea charged, adding that the FPM members seek political and personal gains "at the expense of Lebanon's interest."

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Report: Hochstein says Bayssari has no chance to become president

U.S. mediator Amos Hochstein has repeatedly said that General Security acting chief Brig. Gen. Elias Bayssari has “no chance” to be elected president, several prominent politicians have said, according to al-Akhbar newspaper.

“Hochstein has recently sent a message to MP Jebran Bassil through a U.S.-based Lebanese figure, asking him to think of a candidate other than Bayssari,” the daily added.

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Spain, Germany arrest 4 suspected of supplying Hezbollah with drone parts

Three people were arrested in Spain and one more in Germany on suspicion of belonging to a network that supplied Lebanon's Hezbollah with parts to build kamikaze drones that would have been used in attacks in northern Israel, Spanish authorities said Thursday.

The investigation began in Spain when the Guardia Civil detected “suspicious operations” by Spanish companies run by Lebanese nationals involving large quantities of materials and components to manufacture drones capable of carrying explosive charges of several kilograms, the statement said.

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Israel strikes south and east Lebanon as Hezbollah seems to deescalate

Israeli drones targeted Thursday a region between Yater and Zebqine while artillery shelled the outskirts of Yater.

Drones had targeted earlier on Thursday two cars in east and south Lebanon, killing a Jamaa Islamiya commander in the village of Ghazzeh in Bekaa, and a Hezbollah fighter in Jbal el-Botm in the Tyre district, near Zebqine.

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Shiite Muslims in Lebanon commemorate Ashoura as border tensions rise

Shiite Muslims Wednesday in Lebanon and Iraq commemorated Ashoura, marking the 7th-century death of Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Hussein, that gave birth to their faith, while paying tribute to Palestinians as the Israel-Hamas war entered its 10th month and tensions heightened between Hezbollah and the Israeli military.

The rift between Islam's two main sects deepened after Sunnis killed Imam Hussein in battle in the Iraqi city of Karbala, south of Baghdad. It continues to this day to play a key role in shaping the identity of Shiites, who represent over 10% of the world's 1.8 billion Muslims.

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