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Lebanese vote in first general election in nine years

BEIRUT: Lebanese began voting on Sunday in their first general election for nine years, one that is unlikely to upend the country’s balance of power but is seen as important for economic stability. Lebanon has mostly weathered the regional storm caused by seven years of war in neighboring Syria that has drawn in regional powers and unleashed a wave of refugees, but it has gone through several internal crises since the last election. Television broadcasts showed voters queuing at polling stations across the tiny…

Five suicide bombers attack Lebanese army during raids

ARSAL, Lebanon: Five suicide bombers attacked Lebanese soldiers as they raided two Syrian refugee camps in the Arsal area at the border with Syria on Friday and a sixth militant threw a hand grenade at a patrol, the army said. The army said seven soldiers were wounded and a girl was killed after one of the suicide bombers blew himself up in the midst of a family of refugees. It did not elaborate. The raids were part of a major security sweep by the army in an area that has been a flashpoint for violent spillover from…

Israeli soldier killed in Lebanese sniper attack

An Israeli soldier was killed on Sunday when a Lebanese sniper opened fire in a normally quiet area of the border between the two countries, and a U.N. peacekeeping force said it was working with both sides to keep the incident from escalating. Israel's military said in a statement that a sniper from the Lebanese Armed Forces had shot at an Israeli vehicle driving near the Rosh Hanikra border crossing. Israel has lodged a complaint with the U.N. force in southern Lebanon and had heightened its state of preparedness along…