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17 September 2014, 20:03 MTV: Sources have confirmed that the Aoun-Nasrallah meeting led to an agreement over extending parliament's term and distributing roles in a way that Hizbullah would vote for extension and Aoun would reject it to preserve his popularity among Christians.
17 September 2014, 19:55 Traffic Management Center: The Sidon-Tyre highway has been reopened after it was blocked in Sarafand in protest at power cuts.
17 September 2014, 19:48 OTV: Sources informed on the Jumblat-Aoun talks hoped similar meetings will be held between other leaders.
17 September 2014, 19:47 OTV: IS members who hail from Tripoli along with some foreigners are in control of some Tripoli neighborhoods and they might create new tensions in the city.
17 September 2014, 19:46 Traffic Management Center: The Sidon-Tyre highway has been blocked in both directions in Sarafand in protest at power cuts.
17 September 2014, 19:44 Army Command: Gunmen abducted First Adjutant Kamal al-Hujeiri during a visit to his father's farm in Arsal's outskirts.
17 September 2014, 19:40 MP Ibrahim Kanaan to Future TV: We believe that the date of the parliamentary polls should precede the presidential vote's, because they had been scheduled for 2013.
17 September 2014, 19:39 Mustaqbal bloc MP Jamal al-Jarrah to Future TV: The priority is for the election of a president and Aoun is impeding this vote while saying he wants parliamentary polls.
17 September 2014, 19:38 Security sources to al-Manar: The theft of cattle from Arsal's outskirts is an attempt to provide food as the siege on the armed groups is getting tighter and main supply lines have been severed.
17 September 2014, 18:55 Future TV: Seven Syrians were arrested in the town of Bqusta during Lebanese army raids.
17 September 2014, 18:48 PSP chief MP Walid Jumblat held talks with U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly.
17 September 2014, 18:35 Al-Jadeed: The army is raiding Syrian encampments in Bqusta and Karkha north of Sidon and the nearby areas.
17 September 2014, 18:32 PM Salam chaired a meeting for the committee tasked with following up on the solid waste file before tackling the issue at cabinet on Thursday.
17 September 2014, 18:26 Mustaqbal bloc: Confronting terrorism is an ethical responsibility and we call on everyone to adhere to the dissociation policy and abide by the Baabda Declaration instead of implicating Lebanon in foreign crises.
17 September 2014, 16:31 LBCI: A delegation from the family of army First Adjutant Kamal al-Hujeiri has headed to Arsal's plains to meet the gunmen who abducted him while on his way to Wadi Hmeid.
17 September 2014, 14:31 VDL (93.3): Gunmen abducted soldier Kamal al-Hujeiri from his Wadi Hmeid farm and took him to an unknown location.
17 September 2014, 13:41 Speaker Nabih Berri's weekly meeting with lawmakers kicked off in Ain el-Tineh.
17 September 2014, 13:04 VDL (93.3): Bassil is holding talks with Iranian Ambassador Mohammed Fathali.
17 September 2014, 12:58 VDL (93.3): Hale left the Bustros Palace without making any statement.
17 September 2014, 12:22 Jumblat: I am convinced with Aoun's rational behind his candidacy to the presidency.
17 September 2014, 12:19 Jumblat: Coordination among us is ongoing.
17 September 2014, 12:19 Jumblat: We discussed issues that concern the nation.
17 September 2014, 12:18 Aoun after meeting Jumblat: We had mutual viewpoints. Coordination among us is ongoing. We didn't discuss the presidential elections.
17 September 2014, 12:03 VDL (100.5): An army unite detained two Syrians after carrying out a raid on a refugees encampment in Minyeh.
17 September 2014, 12:02 VDL (100.5): FM Jebran Bassil held talks with U.S. Ambassador David Hale.
17 September 2014, 11:30 VDL (100.5): MP Marwan Hamadeh headed a meeting of the environment committee. The Environment Minister explained the ministry's program.
17 September 2014, 11:05 FPM chief MP Michel Aoun arrived in Clemenceau for talks with PSP leader MP Walid Jumblat.
17 September 2014, 10:23 NNA: A tripartite meeting is underway in Naqoura.
17 September 2014, 09:56 A handover ceremony went underway at Dar al-Fatwa a day after Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Daryan's inauguration.
17 September 2014, 09:55 ISF detained 88 people for committing various crimes throughout Lebanese territories.
17 September 2014, 09:52 Minister Araiji: International support for the Lebanese army at the level of armament is a must to enable it to bear the burden of Syrian refugees in light of the current security risk.
17 September 2014, 09:43 Culture Minister Rony Araiji to VDL (93.3): The government took a decision to set the first refugee camp on its border but we faced some technical problems. The issue will be discussed at the cabinet session tomorrow.
17 September 2014, 09:38 A meeting is underway between Foreign Minister Jebran Basil and Director of UNDP Helen Clark at the head of a delegation.
17 September 2014, 08:51 MP Atef Majdalani to VDL (93.3): March 14 alliance has set a mechanism to approach the other party in a bid to agree on a consensual candidate for the presidency and save the country.
17 September 2014, 08:45 VDL (93.3): The road in Arsal was blocked by residents.
17 September 2014, 08:39 MP Salim Salhab to VDL (100.5): A deal was held to extend the tenure of the parliament but the Change and Reform bloc will vote against it and challenge it.
17 September 2014, 07:54 Gasoline 95-octane rated fuel prices dropped by LL300, 98-octane rated fuel and diesel dropped by LL200.
16 September 2014, 22:57 Aoun: The war against terror must be comprehensive or else it will turn into a war over influence.
16 September 2014, 22:52 Aoun: The issue of the IS cannot be resolved through a certain axis. It will lead to chaos if (the coalition) is not inclusive.
16 September 2014, 22:51 Aoun: We're not with a certain state against another state. We're saying that the U.N. Security Council resolution must be implemented and that all parties that want to fight IS must be included.
16 September 2014, 22:50 Aoun: As Lebanese, we cannot be in a certain axis against another axis. We are certainly against terrorism and we hope the U.N. will oversee all military operations against terrorism.
16 September 2014, 22:46 Aoun: I don't think that the international anti-terrorism coalition has reached its wanted size and it must include all states that are directly affected, which means Iraq and Syria, and no one must be excluded.
16 September 2014, 22:35 Aoun: I don't fear a return to the 1975 war as there is unity among Shiites, Sunnis and Christians, who are guarding side by side. There is no threat because the enemy is external.
16 September 2014, 22:34 Aoun: It is not a secret that all Bekaa border towns are monitoring what's happening and that everyone has a rifle at their home. All people there have armed themselves as a precaution.
16 September 2014, 22:28 Aoun: The cabinet is showing solidarity and unity and we backed the decisions taken during its sessions. We said that the army will lose in any negotiations with terrorists.
16 September 2014, 22:23 Aoun: An officer told me that the Army Command received an ultimatum on August 2 to release Imad Jomaa or face clashes and the fighting erupted during the night. The Army Command must conduct a probe and pinpoint the mistakes and things must not remain mysterious.
16 September 2014, 22:21 Aoun: Arsal had been a supply base long before Hizbullah went to Syria and so was Wadi Khaled. Everyone knew that and we raised the alarm and our ministers talked with Miqati during cabinet sessions.
16 September 2014, 22:19 Aoun on Arsal's incidents: This is an accumulation. I asked Miqati several times not to dissociate himself from Arsal and Akkar, and what happened recently was a bigger infiltration into Arsal. Terrorism must be tackled the moment it starts, just like when you deal with a fire.
16 September 2014, 22:16 Aoun: All the problems started and escalated in Arsal during the presence of a president.
16 September 2014, 22:15 Aoun: Let Fatfat talk about March 14 because he is not Hizbullah's confidant. I did not discuss the issue of the presidency with Nasrallah.
16 September 2014, 22:13 Aoun: I won't accept to discuss with March 14 the issue of choosing any other candidate.
16 September 2014, 22:12 Aoun: I will not relinquish the confidence placed in me by the people and I may lose the battle but I won't give up the presidency. I'm a reformist man and drastic changes occur in all countries during crises. No one should say "this is not the right time" for electing the president by the people.
16 September 2014, 22:09 Aoun: I'm not impeding the presidential vote and I told everyone who asked me that I don't mind that a president be elected in parliament, but I have the right not to elect anyone.
16 September 2014, 21:51 Aoun: Negotiations with al-Mustaqbal movement stopped when they proposed extending Suleiman's term. As for the issue of elections, I proposed proportional representation and I didn't receive an answer from Mustaqbal.
16 September 2014, 21:45 Aoun: Some ask me, "have you met this ambassador, have you talked to this state?" What kind of president gets elected this way? Michel Aoun does not accept to be the president of such a state. We want to have friendship ties with everyone but we don't want to be negated by everyone. It is unacceptable to have a president who is subordinate to foreign interests. The president must rule and he cannot rule if he is a follower.
16 September 2014, 21:43 Aoun: I have not proposed any constitutional amendment and I don't have the capability to do it, so why are they considering my election as a coup against Taef?
16 September 2014, 21:42 Aoun: Where should we get the president from? From Somalia? Denying the president's popular representation is a crime against democracy.
16 September 2014, 21:37 Aoun: The president who should represent the Lebanese people cannot be "a doorman in Baabda" and nothing at all prevents granting him powers.
16 September 2014, 21:36 Aoun: The mechanism of electing the president does not dictate the political system in Lebanon, as it also has to do with the president's powers.
16 September 2014, 21:35 Aoun: The line-up might be different in the new parliament and it may call for the election of a new president and in my opinion, the current mechanism for electing the president is very futile.
16 September 2014, 21:33 Aoun: We are ready for elections should they take place.
16 September 2014, 21:29 Aoun: Speaker Berri has not totally rejected extension, because he said he rejects extending the term of a non-functional parliament. This means that he would accept extending the term of a functional parliament and I believe that the deal has been already made.
16 September 2014, 21:26 Aoun: We are against extension but the majority of blocs want an extension. We want a new electoral law.
16 September 2014, 21:25 Aoun: Our stance has not changed and we're with holding the elections. We will consider filing a challenge if an extension occurs.
16 September 2014, 21:24 Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun in an interview on OTV: My nomination has been submitted and all options are on the table. If today's statements turn out to be true, then there will be an extension of the parliament's term as we were expecting, but we have submitted our nominations in order not to leave anything to chance.