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At Sleiman's funeral, al-Rahi says refugees a 'threat' but urges against attacking them

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi on Friday presided over the funeral service of slain Lebanese Forces official Pascal Sleiman in Jbeil.

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France urges no travel to Iran, Lebanon, Israel and Palestinian territories

France on Friday warned its citizens to "imperatively refrain from travel in the coming days to Iran, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories," the foreign minister's entourage told AFP.

Iran has threatened reprisals against Israel over a strike on the Iranian consulate in Syria on April 1 that killed seven Revolutionary Guards including two generals, sparking fears of an escalation of violence in the Middle East.

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Argentine court blames Iran and Hezbollah for deadly 1994 Jewish center bombing

Argentina's highest criminal court has reported a new development in the elusive quest for justice in the deadliest attack in the country's history — the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center headquarters — concluding Iran had planned the attack and Lebanon's Hezbollah had executed the plans.

In a ruling obtained by The Associated Press, Argentina's Court of Cassation deemed Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah responsible for the bombing in Buenos Aires that leveled the community center, killing 85 people, wounding 300 and devastating Latin America's biggest Jewish community. The court said the attack came in retaliation for Argentina reneging on a nuclear cooperation deal with Tehran.

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SSNP ambulance torched in Bayssour after Jdita incident

A parked ambulance belonging to the Syrian Social Nationalist Party has been torched in the Aley district town of Bayssour, a day after gunmen fired shots at the party’s office in Bekaa’s Jdita, where they also hung a Lebanese Forces flag.

The Progressive Socialist Party and other parties condemned the Bayssour incident and warned of attempts to stir strife in the country amid the tensions that followed the murder of LF official Pascal Sleiman in the Jbeil district.

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Turkey arrests Lebanese-Venezuelan boss of int'l cocaine gang

Turkish police have seized the third largest haul of cocaine in the country's history, Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya announced Thursday, as groups monitoring organized crime warned that the country was becoming an entry point for drugs reaching Europe.

Some 608 kilograms (1,340 pounds) of cocaine, most of it in liquid form, were confiscated in an operation across three provinces, Yerlikaya posted on the social media platform X. Nearly 830 kilograms (1,830 pounds) of precursor chemicals used to process the drug were also seized.

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UNIFIL chief warns danger of Israel-Hezbollah escalation is 'real'

UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Lt. Gen. Aroldo Lázaro warned Wednesday that "Ramadan should be a time of peace and reflection, but the current situation along the Blue Line has deeply affected these notions."

"For the end of Ramadan on the occasion of Eid El Fitr, UNIFIL calls for a return to the cessation of hostilities; and a move towards a permanent ceasefire and a long-term solution to the conflict," Lázaro said in a statement marking Eid El Fitr.

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Lebanese man accused of moving money to Hamas killed in Beit Mery

A Lebanese man under U.S. sanctions for allegedly funnelling money from Iran to Palestinian militant group Hamas has been killed just outside Beirut, a security source told AFP on Wednesday.

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Mawlawi vows tighter grip on Syrians after killing of LF official

Lebanon's caretaker interior minister has vowed to get tough on Syrians after several were arrested on suspicion of involvement in killing a political official, in a case that triggered uproar.

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Israel hits Hezbollah targets in Syria

The Israeli army said early Wednesday it had carried out bombardments on positions of Lebanon's Hezbollah in Syria in a bid to thwart its "entrenchment" in the country.

While fighting Hamas militants in Gaza, Israel has repeatedly said it was also ready to confront Hezbollah and has stepped up strikes, including in Syria, in recent weeks.

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LF says Hezbollah is at least indirectly responsible for Sleiman’s murder

The Lebanese Forces on Tuesday stressed that the probe into the murder of LF’s Jbeil coordinator Pascal Sleiman should be “clear, transparent, public, frank and accurate with its details and circumstances.”

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