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Russia agrees to accept Lebanon trash

BEIRUT: Britain’s Chinook Urban Mining International has obtained Russia’s approval to take in Lebanon’s trash, head of the Council for Development and Reconstruction Nabil al-Jisr was quoted as saying Friday. He said CDR will thoroughly examine the firm’s file on Tuesday before referring it to the Cabinet. “Chinook filed a …

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Army hammers militant posts on e. Lebanon border

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army Tuesday pounded militant positions on the outskirts of the northeast Lebanon border town of Ras Baalbek. The state-run National News Agency reported that the Tuesday morning shelling came from the nearby village of Marabda in the northern Bekaa Valley. No casualties were …

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Lebanon’s ‘shortsighted’ policy harms Syrians: HRW

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Lebanon’s entry restrictions for Syrian nationals are preventing many refugees from renewing their residency permits and putting them at enormous risk, Human Rights Watch said in a report Tuesday. “Lebanon’s shortsighted policies are setting the stage for a potentially explosive situation,” deputy Middle East director …

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New passports to survive biometric age

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: General Security announced Friday that citizens would not be reimbursed for the cost of new passports, adding that the newly issued passports will not be annulled by the forthcoming biometric passports. “The problem lies with people who have renewed their passport for five years and …

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Rain, wind destroy refugee tents in north Lebanon

THE LEVANT NEWS — TRIPOLI, Lebanon/BEIRUT: Heavy rainfall flooded hundreds of Syrian refugee tents in north Lebanon Friday, as stormy weather destroyed property and blocked roads in other parts of the country. Strong winds that reached up 80 km/h in the northern district of Akkar also damaged tents across an …

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Hezbollah attacks Israeli patrol in Shebaa Farms

THE LEVANT NEWS — Hezbollah set off a bomb in an Israeli armored patrol in the occupied Shebaa Farms Monday, sparking Israeli shelling of southern Lebanon, in what appeared to be a limited escalation on the volatile border region that has remained largely quiet since 2006. “A group of martyr …

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Assir trial adjourned to April

THE LEVANT NEWS — The Lebanese military court Tuesday postponed to April 24 the trial of notorious Salafist preacher Ahmad Assir to give his lawyers time to prepare a defense. A judicial source told The Daily Star that Military Court chief Brig. Gen. Khalil Ibrahim announced the trial delay after …

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Hezbollah claims responsibility for Shebaa Farms attack

THE LEVANT NEWS — A large explosion has reportedly targeted Israeli forces in the Shebaa Farms near the southern Lebanese borders. Hezbollah issued a statement claiming its responsibility for the attack. According to Lebanon’s al-Manar television, a resistance group called Samir Qantar has claimed responsibility for the blast in the …

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3 tons of Egypt-bound drugs discovered in Beirut port

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Customs officials Tuesday discovered three tons of Captagon pills and hash at the Beirut port destined for Egypt, Lebanon’s finance minister said. In a televised news conference from the port, Ali Hasan Khalil praised the Customs Department over the massive bust, without saying if anyone …

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Hezbollah says ‘ethically’ committed to Aoun

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Hezbollah is ethically committed to supporting the presidential bid of its ally MP Michel Aoun, a top party official said Tuesday after talks with Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai in Bkirki. “Politics is about ethics, not lying… We cannot give up on our commitment of supporting …

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Lebanese General Security Arrests 4 ISIS Operatives

THE LEVANT NEWS – BEIRUT: General Security detained four Lebanese for forming a cell that works for the Takfiri group, ISIS (The Islamic State). In a communique released by. on Thursday, the Directorate General of G.S said that the four individuals, (A.R.), (M.K.), (Y.B.), and (A.Gh.), were arrested upon a …

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Libyan delegation in Lebanon to discuss Gadhafi case: report

THE LEVANT NEWS –BEIRUT: A judicial Libyan delegation will arrive in Beirut Friday to discuss the case of the son of former Libyan leader Moammer Gadhafi with Lebanon’s Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi, Al-AKhbar newspaper reported. Judicial sources told the local daily that the delegation is expected to request for the …

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Lebanon: Hostage families warn of escalation

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Families of the nine Lebanese soldiers still being held captive by ISIS have warned of escalatory measures in order to pressure the government into negotiating for their release, a relative of one of the soldiers said Wednesday. “Our aim is to see the return of …

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Hezbollah Holds Massive Funeral for ٍٍSamir Kuntar

Hezbollah held on Monday a massive funeral for the Dean of the Liberated detainees in Israeli prisons martyr Samir Kuntar who embraced martyrdom in the Israeli air raid on Syria’s city of Jaramana, in the southern suburb of Beirut. The head of Hezbollah Executive Council, Sayyed Hashem Safieddine, led the …

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Lebanon: Questions About Trash Export Deal

THE LEVANT NEWS — BY Philip Issa for The Daily Star –BEIRUT: The Free Patriotic Movement has promised to raise sharp questions about exporting trash at Monday’s Cabinet session, where the 5-month-old trash crisis will be the only item on the agenda. Ministers will consider a decision to authorize exports, …

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Hezbollah vows to avenge Kuntar

THE LEVANT NEWS — BY Hussein Dakroub for The Daily Star –The killing of Hezbollah commander Samir Kuntar in an Israeli airstrike near Damascus will likely trigger a Hezbollah retaliation against the Jewish state, security sources said Sunday, in a tit-for-tat development that could ignite hostilities in the volatile border …

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Lebanese condemn deadly Israeli raid

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Lebanon Political leaders and parties Sunday condemned an Israeli air raid on a residential building in Syria that killed a former Lebanese prisoner who was released as part of a 2008 swap deal between Israel and Hezbollah. Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television channel said Samir Kuntar was …

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Lebanese fighting with ISIS killed in Syria

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: A Lebanese national fighting alongside ISIS in Syria was said to be killed in the neighboring country, media reports said Saturday. “Louay Al-Rifai, from the neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh in the northern city of Tripoli, was killed in battles in Syria,” reported Facebook page Bab …

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Lebanon: Questioning Yaacoub for his “involvement” in Hannibal Gadhafi kidnapping

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: The Internal Security Forces’ Information Branch Saturday referred former Lebanese MP Hasan Yaacoub to Mount Lebanon’s First Investigative Judge Jean Fernini for his alleged involvement in last week’s Hannibal Gadhafi kidnapping, the state-run National News Agency reported Saturday. The security agency wrapped up investigations with …

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ISIS ’emir’ for north Lebanon arrested

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Lebanese General Security said Saturday that it has arrested two members of ISIS, one of whom confessed to being the extremist group’s official “emir” for the north Lebanon district of Akkar. The two, identified as B.F. and Aa.M., were arrested on charges of “forming a …

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