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Bou Habib: Lebanon to respond next week to French proposal

Lebanon will respond next week to a French proposal for halting the Israel-Hezbollah cross-border clashes, caretaker Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib said on Monday.

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Israel vows to target Hezbollah even if cease-fire reached in Gaza

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has said that Israel would increase its strikes on Hezbollah even if a ceasefire is reached in the Gaza Strip.

“We are planning to increase the firepower against Hezbollah, which is unable to find replacements for the commanders we are eliminating,” Gallant said during a visit to the Israeli army’s Northern Command headquarters in Safad.

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US, Israel and Lebanon do not support French paper

The U.S., Israel and Lebanon do not support a French proposal for a truce between Hezbollah and Israel, prominent sources said.

The sources told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, in remarks published Monday, that Israel prefers that U.S. special envoy Amos Hochstein continue his mediation.

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US Ambassador inaugurates new American Corner in Beirut

U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson has visited the new American Corner in Beirut for its official opening Saturday, the U.S. Embassy said Monday.

The American Corner offers, all free of charge, access to information about American culture and values, educational opportunities in the United States, English language training, life skills and cultural activities. These services are available to all Lebanese, regardless of background.  

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Hezbollah wages new attacks as 2 fighters killed in Israeli strike in Syria

Hezbollah announced launching two fresh attacks on Israeli military posts on Sunday morning.

In a statement, the group said it targeted with missiles a gathering of Israeli troops near the Ramim barracks, achieving “direct hits.”

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2 Lebanese ordered detained for bringing 146 Syrian refugees to Cyprus by boat

A court in Cyprus has ordered two men to remain in police custody for six days on suspicion of people smuggling. The men were identified as the drivers of two boats that brought 146 Syrian refugees and one Lebanese migrant to the east Mediterranean island nation.

Police said the suspects are Lebanese nationals aged 19 and 21.

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Israel-Hezbollah clashes: Latest developments

Hezbollah on Saturday said it fired two heavy-caliber Burkan rockets at a gathering of Israeli troops on the Cobra Hill in northern Israel, achieving a “direct hit.”

It later said that it targeted a group of Israeli soldiers in the vicinity of the Dhayra military post, also achieving a "direct hit."

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Health ministry condemns Israeli strike that killed 2 medics in Blida

The health ministry condemned Friday the "direct" attack on a civilian health center, after two paramedics affiliated with Hezbollah and one of the group's fighters were killed in an Israeli strike on the southern border town of Blida.

The ministry called on the international community to hold Israel to account for its "dangerous violations".

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Israeli FM warns UN Security Council that if it doesn’t act against Hezbollah, Israel will

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz has sent a letter to the United Nations Security Council regarding the situation on Israel’s shared border with Lebanon in which he decried that Iran has been transferring weapons to Hezbollah in violation of Resolution 1701, Israel’s Channel 12 has reported.

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Mikati calls off Cabinet session as retirees protest salaries

A cabinet session was called off Friday after retired members of the armed forces blocked the entrances leading to the Grand Serail in downtown Beirut.

The retirees gathered at Beirut's Riad al-Solh Square to protest their low salaries, demanding their salaries be discussed in the session.

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