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04 May 2015, 14:45 The STL adjourned its session for a lunch break.
04 May 2015, 14:39 Jumblat: The December 2003 raised Hariri's suspicions of Assad's intentions towards him.
04 May 2015, 14:38 Jumblat: It was Hariri's habit to inform us of the details of his meetings with Syrian officials.
04 May 2015, 14:35 Jumblat: Assad informed Hariri during the meeting that he is in charge of Lebanon. It is strange how the president of another country would make such a remark to the premier of another.
04 May 2015, 14:33 Jumblat on the December 2003 meeting between Hariri and Bashar Assad: The PM informed me of that meeting and how he was summoned to Damascus.
04 May 2015, 14:27 Jumblat: I always enjoyed close ties with Hariri, starting when I met him in the 1980s and until his death. I saw him a day before he was killed.
04 May 2015, 14:19 Jumblat: Hariri and Hafez Assad enjoyed good ties. Relations with Syria began to change when Bashar Assad came to power.
04 May 2015, 14:17 Jumblat: I met Rustom Ghazali several times when he was under the command of Kanaan.
04 May 2015, 14:16 Jumblat: I did not have friendly ties with Ghazali.
04 May 2015, 14:15 Jumblat: Kanaan was strict, but, at least with me, he was honest.
04 May 2015, 14:10 Firefighters doused a blaze that had erupted at German Kitchens in Sad al-Bauchrieh.
04 May 2015, 14:05 Jumblat: I used to sense the hostility against Hariri by Syrian officials by the tone of their voice or such remarks as 'who does he think he is?' Such statements can be interpreted as threats.
04 May 2015, 14:00 Jumblat: Jamaa Jamaa and Rustom Ghazali were killed. All these Syrian figures could have played a crucial role in the investigation into Hariri's murder.
04 May 2015, 13:59 Jumblat on the death of several Syrian security officials linked to the time when Hariri was in power: All those, who directly or indirectly, took part in the premier's assassination were killed.
04 May 2015, 13:59 Jumblat: Kanann was forced to commit suicide. Assef Shawkat, who on the day of Hariri's murder, was appointed head of Syrian intelligence.
04 May 2015, 13:58 Jumblat: Hostility towards Hariri was based on reports that reached the Syrian leadership. These reports were made by various Syrian security apparatuses.
04 May 2015, 13:56 Jumblat: During our official and non-official meetings, Syrian officials viewed Hariri as a powerful figure. From a sectarian approach, they were intimidated by a powerful Sunni Lebanese official.
04 May 2015, 13:52 MTV: Health inspectors and state security raided a chicken warehouse in Taanayel.
04 May 2015, 13:49 Jumblat: I maintained my friendships with Shehabi and Khaddam after the change of the Syrian leadership.
04 May 2015, 13:48 Jumblat on Bashar Assad: He did not leave any impression on me. We did not have a personal relationship. Our first meeting was strange during which he asked me silly questions and the second one focused on Hariri.
04 May 2015, 13:46 Judge Saqr Saqr charged 41 Roumieh prison inmates for carrying out riots and kidnapping soldiers and assaulting them.
04 May 2015, 13:44 Jumblat: Kanaan was keen that I keep good ties with Syria and he arranged a meeting with Bashar Assad in 2001 or 2002, but the rift between me and the Syrian leadership had started.
04 May 2015, 13:38 The STL resumed its session.
04 May 2015, 13:00 The STL adjourned its session for a short break.
04 May 2015, 12:59 Jumblat: After the Israeli withdrawal from the South in 2000, I demanded the repositioning of Syrian troops in Lebanon ahead of their withdrawal from the country in adherence to the Taef Accord.
04 May 2015, 12:50 Jumblat: I met with Bashar Assad a second time, this time in Syria. It was not a comfortable meeting and he focused his questions on Hariri. Evidence of his hostility towards him was clear in this meeting.
04 May 2015, 12:48 Jumblat: I wanted to meet Bashar Assad and we talked about silly matters, but I humored him. Ghazi Kanaan informed me after the meeting that “I should be aware of who the Assad family is.”
04 May 2015, 12:46 Jumblat: I met Bashar Assad twice before his election as president and before the death of his father.
04 May 2015, 12:41 VDL (93.3): The army arrested Ibrahim Abdullah in Tripoli. He is wanted for opening fire on troops. It also arrested Mohammed Saadeddine on suspicion of belonging to terrorist groups.
04 May 2015, 12:36 Jumblat: The implementation of the will of the Syrian president is done through the Syrian security apparatus in Lebanon and the Lebanese security agencies that were affiliated to it.
04 May 2015, 12:34 VDL (93.3): The army arrested a wanted man and 10 other suspects in raids it carried out in Bourj al-Barajneh and Fanar.
04 May 2015, 12:32 Jumblat: The Baath Party's totalitarian view does not recognize Lebanon as an independent country. It viewed us as a Syrian province. We were not just confronting a security apparatus, but a political ideology as well.
04 May 2015, 12:30 Jumblat: A Syrian order was made to elect Lahoud as president. Lebanese officials were summoned to the headquarters of the Syrian intelligence in Lebanon where we were ordered to fulfill their demands. Very few people had the courage to oppose them.
04 May 2015, 12:28 Jumblat: I along with Hariri, Hrawi, Hikmat al-Shehabi, and Abdul Halim Khaddam succeeded in delaying by three years the election of Lahoud as president.
04 May 2015, 12:26 Jumblat: I opposed the election of military officials as president. Fouad Chehab and Michel Suleiman were exceptions to this rule.
04 May 2015, 12:20 Jumblat: Hafez and Bashar Assad were friends with Lahoud and we sensed that the security grip over Lebanon was tightening.
04 May 2015, 12:15 Jumblat: We delayed the election of Lahoud to avoid the arrival of a president who was completely aligned with Syria. We sought a president who had some room to maneuver in order to implement the Taef Accord.
04 May 2015, 12:13 Jumblat: Given this reality, I sought with some Lebanese and Syrian officials to avoid the election of Lahoud as president.
04 May 2015, 12:12 Jumblat: The prime minister and president had no control over the Lebanese army, which was under the command of Emile Lahoud. The army answered to Syria.
04 May 2015, 12:11 Jumblat: Ties with Syria were aimed at confronting the Israeli threat and implementing the Taef Accord. I sought with Rafik Hariri and Elias Hrawi to allow Lebanon to control its fate, but the Syrian security apparatus thwarted our efforts.
04 May 2015, 12:07 A meeting was held between head of Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc Fouad Saniora and the Australian Ambassador to Lebanon.
04 May 2015, 12:07 Jumblat: In politics, you have to take difficult decisions, such as when I met with Hafez Assad 40 days after the assassination of my father.
04 May 2015, 12:06 Jumblat: The case of Kamal Jumblat's assassination, similar to all other major assassinations, was referred to the judicial council
04 May 2015, 12:04 Jumblat: Kamal Jumblat opposed the entry of Syrian troops to Lebanon and he informed this to Syrian President Hafez Assad.
04 May 2015, 12:00 Jumblat: I used to back the Syrian regime and we used to work together because at the time we used to face Israeli threats.
04 May 2015, 11:58 Jumblat: At the end of the civil war, all militias, including my own and excluding Hizbullah, laid down their arms.
04 May 2015, 11:57 Lawyer Wassim Mansouri, the representative of Local Lebanese TV networks, filed a complaint to General Prosecutor Samir Hammoud against cable providers.
04 May 2015, 11:55 VDL (93.3): FPM chief MP Michel Aoun met with Russia's Ambassador in Rabieh.
04 May 2015, 11:33 Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblat began testifying at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
04 May 2015, 11:08 LBCI: Employees at Sidon's state hospital continued to block the facility's entrance until their demands are met.
04 May 2015, 11:07 The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Hizbullah and Syrian troops clashed with al-Nusra Front and other Islamist factions in Qalamun's outskirts.
04 May 2015, 10:57 VDL (100.5): A meeting was held between PM Tammam Salam and the Jordanian ambassador at the Grand Serail.
04 May 2015, 10:21 Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh met with a Hizbullah delegation at his residence.
04 May 2015, 09:22 MP Antoine Zahra to Future TV: The amendments to the document of the LF and the FPM have been completed.
04 May 2015, 09:18 MP Serge Torsarkissian to VDL (93.3): It is important to hold a legislative session and not to boycott sessions to elect a president.
04 May 2015, 08:34 ISF detained 36 people for committing various crimes throughout Lebanese territories.
04 May 2015, 08:34 MP Jamal al-Jarrah to VDL (100.5): Hizbullah's intervention in Syria brought trouble to Lebanon and the Lebanese.
04 May 2015, 08:28 MP Michel Moussa to VDL (100.5): It is impossible to hold an extraordinary session at parliament.
04 May 2015, 07:24 NNA: Palestinian Mujahed Balous succumbed to his injuries after he was shot in Ain el-Hilweh on Sunday.
03 May 2015, 22:37 VDL (100.5): Heavy gunfire erupted in Bir Hassan near the Kuwaiti embassy and witnesses said members of the Bazzi family are attacking the houses of Bedouins in the area.
03 May 2015, 22:21 Al-Jadeed: Masked gunmen opened fire at Mujahed Balous in the al-Nabaa area in Ain el-Hilweh, wounding him critically.
03 May 2015, 22:21 MTV: An Islamic Jihad official was critically wounded in a shooting at the Ain el-Hilweh camp.
03 May 2015, 21:41 MTV: Security sources confirmed that the army arrested more than 8 Syrians at a refugee encampment in Ras al-Ain.
03 May 2015, 21:11 VDL (93.3): A hand grenade has exploded under the al-Mallouleh bridge in Tripoli.
03 May 2015, 19:52 MTV: The Qalamun battle might begin in the middle of next week.
03 May 2015, 19:52 LF bloc MP George Adwan to Future TV: The electoral law and the naturalization law must be at the top of the agenda of any legislative session.
03 May 2015, 19:28 Lawyer for Lebanese TV networks: All TV networks express their solidarity with LBCI and al-Jadeed after same cable distributors cut off their broadcast and legal measures will be taken against violators.
03 May 2015, 18:45 Traffic Management Center: A person was killed and another wounded in a collision between 2 motorbikes on the Dar Baashtar-Amioun road.
03 May 2015, 18:37 Loyalty to Resistance bloc MP Ali Fayyad: The coming period will witness further decline in the takfiris' ability to threaten the security of the Lebanese.
03 May 2015, 18:36 VDL (93.3): The army arrested in Tripoli Mahmoud Miqati, a brother of the terrorist Ahmed Miqati.
03 May 2015, 15:56 National News Agency: Four people were injured in a clash between members of the Fayyad and Rahhal families in the town of al-Faour in Zahle.