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Five ISF members arrested for torture

Five members of the Internal Security Forces are under arrest after videos surfaced showing them severely beating prisoners held in Lebanon’s notorious Roumieh prison as the interior minister vowed to prosecute aggressors. “I assume full responsibility for what occurred,” Nouhad Machnouk told reporters during a news conference Sunday. The videos, published on social media sites over the weekend, show ISF ...

Future, Hezbollah to meet as verbal feud intensifies

The Future Movement and Hezbollah will hold a new round of talks Monday amid renewed tension and an escalating verbal feud between the two rival parties over local and regional issues, including the resistance party’s fight against jihadis on the outskirts of Arsal. “Monday’s dialogue session will discuss all key issues, including the latest Cabinet crisis, the subject of military ...

Lebanon’s onshore oil and gas survey data revealed promising results

The analysis of Lebanon’s onshore oil and gas survey data revealed promising results, the CEO of the U.S.-based company tasked with the survey said Monday during a conference held at ESA business school in Beirut. Jim Hollis, CEO of NEOS, told participants at the “Oil and Gas: Governance and Integration” forum that the company would be revealing the complete survey ...

Hezbollah accuses Future of ’embracing terrorists’

Hezbollah’s parliamentary bloc Thursday accused theFuture Movement of “embracing” jihadi groups based in Lebanon’s northeastern border region. “The rhetoric by some in the Future Movement comes in the context of creating trouble and [distorting] truth,” the Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc said in a statement after its weekly meeting. “It will not succeed to provide cover to their party’s involvement ...

Army foils daily infiltration attempts on eastern borders: Kahwagi

The Lebanese Army prevents daily attempts by Islamist militants to infiltrate through Lebanon’s eastern borders and is prepared to defend the country against any attack, military chief Gen. Jean Kahwagi said Thursday. “The exceptional circumstances that the country is experiencing and the internal disputes… will not at all affect the determination of the Army to protect civil peace and coexistence ...

Army arrests 5 fugitives in north Lebanon

Security forces arrested five fugitives in different areas of north Lebanon Thursday at checkpoints and in house raids, security sources said. Lebanese fugitive Bassem al-Asmar, wanted over several arrest warrants, was arrested by the Army in al-Arour Street in the Tripolineighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh, one source said, without specifying the nature of the charges. Police also arrested two people in ...

Lebanon reiterated the right to liberate villages occupied by Israel

Lebanon Monday reiterated its right to liberate the remaining villages still occupied by Israel since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. In a statement to mark the 15th anniversary of the withdrawal of Israeli forces from most of south Lebanon, the Foreign Ministry underscored “Lebanon’s right to liberate the remaining territory still under Israeli occupation by all legitimate means.” The ministry, the ...

Hezbollah said Syria ‘will kill’ Hariri, STL hears

Just weeks before Rafik Hariri was assassinated, two high-ranking Hezbollah officials expressed shock that the former prime minister had refused requests made by the Syrian government, Hani Hammoud told the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Wednesday. Hammoud, who served as a media adviser to Hariri, said in early January 2005 that veteran journalist Nassir al-Asaad approached him saying he wanted to ...

Aoun’s presidential initiative hits dead end

MP Michel Aoun’s latest initiative to resolve the yearlong presidential crisis appeared Wednesday to have reached a dead end, with the Future Movement, backed by its March 14 allies, opposing any constitutional amendment to allow for the president to be elected directly by the people. The development comes as MPs from Aoun’s Change and Reform bloc met Wednesday with lawmakers ...

Army pounds militant positions on Arsal’s outskirts

The Lebanese Army pounded militant positions on the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal Sunday, killing and wounding a number of them, security sources said. A security source said the Army shelled the militants’ positions in Al-Masyada and Dahr al-Jabar on Arsal’s outskirts with artillery and rockets, killing and wounding of a number of militants. The casualties were taken ...