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Minor Earthquake Jolts Several Parts of Lebanon

A minor earthquake was felt Wednesday afternoon across several Lebanese regions, mainly Mount Lebanon and Beirut.

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Hizbullah Urges 'Solidarity among Regional Countries' after Istanbul Attack

Hizbullah on Wednesday condemned as a “terrorist crime” the deadly suicide blasts that rocked the Ataturk International Airport in Turkey's Istanbul, urging “real and serious solidarity among the regional countries.”

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Geagea: Qaa Families Held Arms to Support Army

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea stated on Wednesday that the families of the eastern town of al-Qaa armed themselves after the suicide bombings that struck their town mainly to support the Lebanese army in its fight to eradicate terrorism.

“The lawful arms that you were obliged to carry after terrorism struck your doors was solely to support the legal powers in their efforts to expel assaults,” said Geagea in a televised appearance addressing families of the victims of the al-Qaa bombings.

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Berri Says Received Info of Terror Schemes against Officials, Army and UNIFIL

Speaker Nabih Berri revealed that he had received information lately indicating that terrorist groups are preparing to carry out bombing attacks in Lebanon and that he had informed the UNIFIL's leadership, An Nahar daily reported on Wednesday.

Berri revealed in front of visitors that militants were planning to carry out attacks against political figures, the Lebanese army and UNIFIL forces in south Lebanon and other regions, the daily added.

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Report: Hizbullah Refuses UNIFIL Deployment on Border

Hizbullah refuses the deployment of UNIFIL forces along Lebanon's border to counter threats from the Syrian and the infiltration of militants from the war-torn country, the Saudi Okaz daily reported on Wednesday.

“Hizbullah has informed political officials that it refuses the calls voiced by several ministers and leaderships demanding the deployment of UNIFIL forces along Lebanon's border with Syria,” well-informed sources told the daily.

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Geagea Doubts Iran and Hizbullah Want Aoun as President

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea said that Iran and Hizbullah might not want MP Michel Aoun to be elected as a head of state, An Nahar daily reported on Wednesday.

“Aoun might be the last person that Iran and Hizbullah want as a president,” Geagea told the daily.

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Mustaqbal Suggests 'Calling Up Reserves, Seeking UNIFIL Help' to Control Border

Al-Mustaqbal Movement warned Tuesday against resorting to autonomous security in the wake of the unprecedented suicide attacks in the eastern town of al-Qaa, suggesting a call-up of army reserves or seeking the assistance of U.N. forces if necessary.

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Qahwaji Says Woman among Qaa Bombers, Mashnouq Says They Didn't Come from Camps

Prime Minister Tammam Salam presided over an emergency security meeting at the Grand Serail on Tuesday, in the wake of the unprecedented multiple suicide bombings that hit the eastern border town of al-Qaa on Monday.

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Change and Reform Urges Action on Refugees to Protect 'Our Security, Their Safety'

The Change and Reform parliamentary bloc on Tuesday urged the government to “shoulder its responsibilities towards the Syrian refugee crisis,” asking it to “take central decisions to protect our security and that of the refugees so that they can safely return to their homeland.”

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French FM Says to Visit Lebanon to Push for 'Political Solution'

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced Tuesday that he will visit Lebanon in mid-July in a bid to push for a “political solution” in the country.

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