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Egypt set to release Lebanese tourist jailed over Facebook post

Egypt set to release Lebanese tourist jailed over Facebook postA Lebanese tourist who was sentenced to eight years in prison for posting a video on Facebook the authorities claimed had insulted the country is set to walk free after a court cut the prison term and suspended it, the state-run MENA news agency said on Sunday. A Cairo court in July found Mona el-Mazboh guilty of deliberately spreading false rumors that would harm society, attacking religion, and public indecency. El-Mazboh was arrested at Cairo airport in June at the end of her stay in Egypt after a 10-minute video in which she was complaining of sexual harassment and conditions in Egypt using explicit language went viral on social media.



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Saudi Arabia Pressured Lebanese Prime Minister To Resign: Report

Saudi Arabia Pressured Lebanese Prime Minister To Resign: ReportLebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his short-lived resignation in early November under heavy duress from the Saudi Arabian government, according to a New York Times report based on the accounts of Lebanese, Western and regional officials, as well as other figures close to Hariri.



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Bad day for Saudi diplomacy: Lebanese reversal, Syria summit

Bad day for Saudi diplomacy: Lebanese reversal, Syria summitDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi diplomacy is not having a good day — in fact, it's a double whammy — and the kingdom's bullish 32-year-old crown prince is seen as the driving force behind the foreign policy blunders.



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Lebanese patriarch, in Saudi, says supports reasons Hariri quit

Lebanese patriarch, in Saudi, says supports reasons Hariri quitBy Stephen Kalin RIYADH (Reuters) – Lebanon’s Christian Maronite Patriarch, visiting Saudi Arabia in an historic visit to the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom, expressed support on Tuesday for the reasons behind Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s resignation. Hariri, a Saudi ally, resigned abruptly on Nov. 4 in a move Lebanese political leaders ascribed to pressure from Riyadh. Hariri said his resignation had been prompted by an assassination plot and accused Iran and Hezbollah of sowing strife in the region.



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Lebanese cardinal arrives in Saudi Arabia to meet Hariri

Lebanese cardinal arrives in Saudi Arabia to meet HaririBEIRUT (AP) — The head of Lebanon's Maronite Catholic community arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday in the first public visit by a Lebanese official since Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his sudden resignation nine days ago.



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Israel says Hezbollah runs Lebanese army, signaling both are foes

Israel says Hezbollah runs Lebanese army, signaling both are foesBy Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said on Tuesday that the Hezbollah guerrilla group, its most potent enemy in neighboring Lebanon, had gained control over that country’s U.S.-sponsored conventional military, signaling both would be in Israeli gunsights in any future war. Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s remarks were a hard tack from more measured recent Israeli estimates that the Lebanese army maintained autonomy even if some of its troops cooperated with the better-armed, Iranian-aligned guerrillas. Outlining potential threats in Lebanon, where Israel last fought a war against Hezbollah in 2006, Lieberman said in a speech: “We are no longer talking about Hezbollah alone”.



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Three Lebanese soldiers killed in landmine on Syria border: security source

Three Lebanese soldiers killed in landmine on Syria border: security sourceThree Lebanese soldiers were killed and one was critically wounded on Sunday when their armored vehicle hit a landmine on the Lebanese-Syrian border, a security source said. The area where the soldiers were killed was near a border stronghold close to the mountains of Arsal, where Shi’ite Hezbollah militia recently forced Sunni Syrian militants to leave in a joint cross-border operation with the Syrian army, the source added. The Lebanese army had launched an offensive on Saturday against an Islamic State enclave on the northeastern border with Syria.



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Lebanese army, Hezbollah announce offensives against Islamic State on Syrian border

Lebanese army, Hezbollah announce offensives against Islamic State on Syrian borderBy Tom Perry and Angus McDowall BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Lebanese army launched an offensive on Saturday against an Islamic State enclave on the northeastern border with Syria, as the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah announced an assault on the militants from the Syrian side of the frontier. The Lebanese army operation got underway at 5 a.m. (0200 GMT), targeting Islamic State positions near the town of Ras Baalbek with rockets, artillery and helicopters, a Lebanese security source said. The operation by Hezbollah and the Syrian army targeted the area across the border in the western Qalamoun region of Syria.



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Lebanese mediator killed in fighting near Syrian border

Lebanese mediator killed in fighting near Syrian borderA Lebanese mediator was killed on Saturday in a second day of fighting between the powerful Hezbollah group and militants near the border with Syria, the official news agency said. “Ahmad al-Fliti, who was mediating between fighters and Hezbollah… was wounded when his car was hit by shelling of unknown origin in Jurud Arsal,” ANI said. Lebanon’s army said Fliti was killed in shelling by “the terrorist organisation of the Al-Nusra Front”, referring to the former Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda.



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Lebanese army kills Islamic State-linked militant: sources

Lebanese army kills Islamic State-linked militant: sourcesThe Lebanese army has killed a man suspected of links to Islamic State and of carrying out bomb attacks in the town of Ras Baalbek near the Syrian border, a security source and a military source said on Tuesday. The Syrian national was shot dead during an operation launched after the army received intelligence that an Islamic State-linked cell was meeting, the security source said. The operation took place in the Arsal area, where the army says it has been carrying out a major security operation against suspected militants.



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