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Kataeb Urges Electoral Law that Ensures 'Diversity, Pluralism'

The Kataeb Party on Monday called for an electoral law that guarantees “correct representation, diversity and pluralism.”

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Rifi Slams ex-Allies for 'Bowing to Hizbullah', Vows to Beat Party's Candidates in Polls

Former justice minister Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi has lashed out at his former allies in the March 14 coalition, accusing them of “bowing to Hizbullah.”

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Ex-Hostage's Daughter Finds Dad's Love by Meeting His Lebanese Captor

She tried drugs. She tried arguing. She tried writing a book. After a quarter century, the daughter of the longest-held American hostage during Lebanon's civil war says she's found her father's love. And it took coming face-to-face with one of his captors to do it.

"I was searching and searching and this search, the journey, brought me closer to my father," said Sulome Anderson, a Brooklyn journalist whose father, Terry Anderson, was seized by Shiite militants in Beirut in 1985 and held until 1991. "I love my dad very much. My dad has always loved me. I just didn't know that because he wasn't able to show it to me."

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Australian Ambassador Praises Security Efforts during Talks with Hariri

Prime Minister Saad Hariri received on Monday at the Grand Serail the Australian Ambassador to Lebanon Glenn Miles.

During talks, Miles hailed the Lebanese Security Force’s efforts mainly their success in foiling the attempt of a would-be suicide bomber that could have rocked Beirut's upscale neighborhood of Hamra over the weekend.

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Geagea Warns of Escalatory Political Measures over Electoral Law

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea, voiced a warning on Monday that the party will be compelled into taking some “negative political steps” shall it be embarrassed into having the elections postponed or having them staged on the bases of the current 1960 majoritarian system.

“We will exert efforts until the end, but we have good intentions. We are open to all parties but we won't accept these elections to be staged according to the 1960 electoral system,” stressed Geagea.

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Lebanese Army Running 'Pre-Emptive' War against Terrorism

The suicide attack attempt that was foiled in Beirut's Hamra area over the weekend, is part of a strategic and decisive decision taken at the highest levels of the Army Command and the Directorate of Intelligence, to launch pre-emptive war on terrorists, prominent military sources told Ad Diyar daily on Monday.

The sources that spoke on condition of anonymity said: “The security forces endeavors in that regard are to launch a pre-emptive, relentless war on terrorists in order to uproot them and combat their menace.”

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Chamoun: Hizbullah Must Surrender its Arms

Leader of the National Liberal Party MP Dory Chamoun, urged Hizbullah and all other armed factions in Lebanon to surrender their arms to the Lebanese Armed Forces after their proven ability to protect the country following the Costa cafe incident, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.

“Hizbullah and every faction outside legitimacy must surrender their weapons to the Lebanese army because it is has proven successful in protecting Lebanon. Confidence of the Lebanese in their army and its performance is mounting,” said Chamoun.

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Mustaqbal Justifies Aoun's 'Warning', Says Reflects Keenness for Stability

Al-Mustaqbal Movement justified the reasons that made President Michel Aoun warn he would use his constitutional powers to prevent the parliamentary elections shall political parties fail to agree on a new electoral law, assuring his keenness on Lebanon's stability and on the welfare of the presidential term, al-Akhbar daily reported on Monday.

“The President is unlikely to accept his term to begin with a setback of this kind or a failure in staging the elections and violating the constitution,” unnamed Mustaqbal sources told the daily.

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Hariri Inspects Costa Cafe as Aoun, Mashnouq Laud Army, ISF for Foiling Attack

President Michel Aoun on Sunday congratulated the military Intelligence Directorate and the Intelligence Branch of the Internal Security Forces for foiling a suicide attack at Costa cafe in Beirut's Hamra district, as Prime Minister Saad Hariri visited the scene of the incident.

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Shells Found on Side of Road in Bhamdoun

Several shells were found Sunday on the side of the international road in the town of Bhamdoun near the intersection of the Aley town of Shanay, state-run National News Agency reported.

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