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Islamic State and Nusra Front militants battled with Lebanon's army in the border town of Arsal last month (File/AFP)
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Lebanon's army and political factions are mobilizing to fight the security threat posed by extremist groups such as Islamic state and Nusra Front.
Amal and George will be tying the knot this weekend in Venice! (Image: Facebook)
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George Clooney picks his wedding tux from luxury Italian brand Giorgio Armani for his upcoming Italian wedding to Amal Alamuddin.

September 21, 2014

Al Hayat newspaper reported Sunday that Qatari officials in change of mediation warned the Lebanese government of Nusra's intent to execute soldiers. (AFP/File)
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According to a report in Al-Hayat newspaper, Qatari officials told the Lebanese government the Nusra Front planned to begin executing soldiers "one after another" if prisoner release demands were not met.
An image grab taken from a video released by Al-Manara Al-Baydaa, the official media arm of Al-Nusra Front, and uploaded on YouTube on September 10, 2014. [AFP]
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The Nusra Front claimed responsibility late Saturday for an attack that targeted a Hezbollah checkpoint in northeast Lebanon. The militant group said the attack destroyed one 57 millimeter cannon but did not elaborate.

September 20, 2014

Nusra Front released a video Saturday depicting the execution of a Lebanese captive and threatening another. (AFP/File)
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The Nusra Front released a video Saturday depicting the execution of a Lebanese soldier captive and threatening the life of another policeman if Hezbollah continued what the group deems as attacks on the Sunni community.

September 19, 2014

Nusra Front commanders deny the claim that captive Lebanese soldiers were offered up in exchange for jailed fighters. (AFP/File)
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The Nusra Front has denied claims that it sought to free Hezbollah-held prisoners in exchange for the release of Lebanese soldiers captured last month during Arsal clashes.
The Lebanese army is accusing Israel of violating UN Resolution 1701 after Israeli intelligence forces ramped up wire tapping activities on the border. (AFP/File)
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The Lebanese Army urged UNIFIL forces to look at Israeli wire tapping devices, installed along the Lebanese border, as a violation of Resolution 1701, the resolution that forged a peace agreement and ended the 2006 war between Lebanon and Israel.

September 18, 2014

Up to 22 Lebanese soldiers were kidnapped by militants last month in the border town of Arsal (File/AFP)
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The U.S. and France will speed up delivery of military aid to Lebanon amid the increasing tension in the border town of Arsal.
Militants are believed to be holding a further 20 Lebanese soldiers captive since violence erupted in Arsal last month (File/AFP)
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Another Lebanese soldier was kidnapped close to the border town of Arsal by unknown gunmen in two pickup trucks, according to reports.

September 17, 2014

Jahida Wehbe is one of the performing artists coming to Mishkal this year. (Image: Facebook)
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With performers like Jahida Wehbe and Ziad al-Ahmadie and his band, you know it's gonna be good this year.
Twenty-two Lebanese soldiers are being held by Nusra Front militants (File/AFP)
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Militants from Nusra Front have threatened to kill one of 22 kidnapped Lebanese soldiers, according to a statement on Facebook.
Friend zone: Dolly and Bakhous are no longer married! (Image: Facebook)
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Dolly Shahine has no problem mixing business with pleasure. That's why she's divorced her hubby but kept him on her payroll!

September 16, 2014

"Watch out: Bump Ahead": Check out this funny shirt worn by a prego Yosra El Lozy. (Image: Facebook)
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Watch out: bump ahead!
Nusra Front suffered heavy casualties after clashes with Lebanon's army (File/AFP)
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Lebanon's army clashed with Nusra Front fighters overnight on the country's border with Syria, killing dozens of militants.
There are currently 1.6 million refugees in Lebanon, with 1.2 million registered with the UNHCR (File/AFP)
09:38 GMT
Lebanon will need up to $1 billion to cope with the mass influx of Syrian refugees in the country, according to a government official.
Three is the magic number: Pascale's son is now 3! (Image: Facebook)
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Pascale Machalani beamed as she celebrated her son's birthday!
Lebanon's army will internally prepare for an renewed assault in the border town of Arsal, after clashes last month (File/AFP)
08:17 GMT
Lebanon will increase security along the border with Syria as part of a global contribution against Islamic State militants, according to an analyst.

September 15, 2014

Kerry and Bassil discussed Lebanon's role in combating terrorism in the region. (AFP/File)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil in Paris Monday.
Security has been tight since Syria's three-year civil war spilled over to Lebanon (File/AFP)
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Lebanese authorities have rejected suggestions to collaborate with the Syrian regime to combat Islamic State militants.
US actor George Clooney arrives with his fiancee Amal Alamuddin at the Celebrity Fight Night to promote the Andrea Bocelli Foundation on September 7, 2014 in Florence. (AFP PHOTO / STR)
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Newspapers in Venice say George Clooney will marry Amal Alamuddin in Venice this month... could it be the case?

September 14, 2014

Resistance bloc member Nawwaf Musawi called on political members to "delay our political disputes" in the fight against terrorism (AFP/ File Archive).
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Hezbollah called for unifying Lebanese politics as one to stand against terrorism.
“No security measures whatsoever will be able to prevent social problems from arising if more businesses close their doors and go bankrupt,” he said.
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Lebanon’s leading businesses and bankers warned Friday that the country could further face further economic deterioration if the president of the republic is not elected soon.
Assi in his hospital bed following his operation. (Image: Twitter)
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Assi Helani didn't get to enjoy his Parisian holiday in full after having to rush back to Lebanon for surgery!

September 13, 2014

The border town of Arsal has seen a heightened level of violence in recent weeks, as clashes between armed opposition groups, Lebanese security personal and Syrian refugees end in bloodshed and abductions. (AFP/File)
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A security source in Arsal said a Lebanese man was taken by gunmen in the Arsal Saturday morning, continuing a long string of violent attacks in the embattled border town.
Lebanon's FM Gebran Bassil said Kerry's stance on Iranian involvement should be reconsidered, and that Lebanon would not be part of an "international axis against another international axis." (AFP/File)
11:21 GMT
Amid comments by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Iran's support of the Assad regime made its involvement in the anti-IS alliance inappropriate, Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said a global alliance against the group must work with all countries, including Iran.

September 12, 2014

Lebanese troops will receive arms and other military equipment from Washington to help fight the looming threat of insurgency by the IS. (AFP/File)
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U.S. ambassador David Hale said Friday the U.S. would provide weapons and other equipment needed to help fend off threats Islamic State insurgency in Lebanon.
Syriac leaders say Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea showed willingness to help facilitate host of Iraqi Christians in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
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Syriac leaders met with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea hoping to secure a save haven in Lebanon for Iraqi Christians fleeing the Islamic State.
A delegation of Eastern church patriarchs in Lebanon met with Obama Thursday to discuss safety from the IS for Christians across the Middle East. (AFP/File)
06:58 GMT
Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said Thursday U.S. President Barack Obama would help shield Lebanon from regional turmoil.

September 11, 2014

Lebanese army soldiers drive out of the town of Arsal in the Bekaa valley near the border with Syria. [AFP]
12:03 GMT
At least four Hezbollah fighters were killed overnight Wednesday during clashes with jihadists on the outskirts of a Lebanese border village in the Bekaa Valley, security sources told The Daily Star Thursday.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. [AFP]
10:36 GMT
U.S. President Barack Obarma is not determined to crush ISIS terrorists, Hezbollah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem said.
Wael Kfoury stands alone next to his daughter's cake. (Image: Twitter)
09:16 GMT
Ever the faithful daddy, Lebanese heartthrob Wael Kfoury remembered his baby girl's bday and let all his Twitter followers know it, but sadly they couldn't celebrate in person.

September 10, 2014

A Libyan solider points at an unexploded mortar shell at a checkpoint close to Tripoli, September 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Libya's army, lead by rogue General Haftar, called on Islamist militias to disarm, ahead of a renewed assault on the eastern city of Benghazi.
Lebanon's army stepped up security along the country's border with Syria since clashes erupted with Nusra Front and ISIS last month (File/AFP)
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Providing weapons to Lebanon has been prioritized and delivery should be imminent, the French Ministry said.

September 9, 2014

Lebanese stars were sporting black at Murex d'Or 2014 proving that this timeless color never 'dyes' a death
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Lebanese stars do Murex d'Or in typical avante-garde style-- showing that the classic black numbers are still winners on the red carpet!
Wael Kfoury got up close and personal with Wafa Al Kilani on "The Judge" (Image: Facebook)
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We've seen him judge others on Arab Idol, but now Wael Kfoury gets questioned by Wafa Al Kilani on the show "Al Hakam" (The Judge) that's aired on MBC1.
Foreign ministers reconvene during an Arab League meeting in Egypt, September 7, 2014 (File/AFP)
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The Arab League backed Lebanon in the country's ongoing battle with rising terrorism, emphasizing the need to support the army against ISIS and Nusra Front.
Lebanese protesters burn an imitation of the Islamic State flag, which reads in Arabic: "We are coming to burn you" on September 1, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Security sources in Lebanon's tense Bekaa Valley denied that there is any linkage between recent kidnappings and IS militants beheading two soldiers.
In June 2014, the balance sheets of Bank Audi showed that 45 percent of the assets were abroad while the rest were in Lebanon and 43 percent of the total deposits were from abroad while the rest were in Lebanon.
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“Provided there is a political transition in Syria followed by a reconstruction drive, Bank Audi will be among the first to grab this opportunity,” he added.