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Jumblat Denies Making Presidential Deadlock Request to Nasrallah

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat has denied that he asked Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to end his support for Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Michel Aoun's candidacy.

In remarks published in As Safir daily on Monday, Jumblat said he did not make such a request during his recent meeting with Nasrallah.

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Geagea Downplays Nasrallah-Jumblat Meeting

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea played down a recent meeting held between Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat.

The meeting has no political meaning, Geagea told An Nahar newspaper published on Monday.

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Salam to Call for Cabinet Session Next Week

Prime Minister Tammam Salam has said that he would call for a cabinet session next week to agree on the rest of the items on its agenda.

“The most important articles have been approved by consensus, including the Lebanese University decree and the allocation of funds to pay public sector salaries,” said Salam in remarks published on Monday.

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Salam Urges End to 'Israeli Aggressiveness', Says Hizbullah Won't Drag Lebanon into Gaza War

Prime Minister Tammam Salam on Sunday ruled out a role for Hizbullah in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza-based Palestinian groups, urging an end to the Israeli “aggressiveness” and “hegemony” in the region.

“If we can put an end to Israeli hegemony and to Israeli aggressiveness in this region, we will put an end to many violence in this region and if we cannot do that, violence will prevail,” Salam said in English in an interview on CNN.

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Lebanon Sunnis to Mark Eid al-Fitr Monday, Most Shiites Tuesday

Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani has announced that tomorrow, Monday is the first day of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, as Shiite religious authorities said Eid begins Tuesday.

“We have verified according to the rules of Sharia that (tomorrow,) Monday, July 28, 2014 A.D. is the first day of (the lunar Islamic month of) Shawwal 1435 A.H., and accordingly tomorrow, Monday is the first day of Eid al-Fitr,” Qabbani, who heads Lebanon's highest Sunni Muslim religious authority Dar al-Fatwa, announced in a statement.

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Lebanese, Arabs in Sydney Force Top Official to Resign over pro-Israel Remarks

The Lebanese expat community in Sydney has played a role in forcing a top state government official to resign after he made controversial public comments in support of Israel's deadly assault on the Gaza Strip.

“The Lebanese and Arab expat communities in Sydney have managed to push Vic Alhadeff, a high-ranking government official, to resign, after he voiced support for Israel,” Lebanon's National News Agency reported.

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Nasrallah Meets Jumblat, Discusses with Zarif Means to Support Gaza

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has discussed with Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat the need to elect a president as soon as possible and boost coordination among security agencies, both parties announced on Sunday.

The two leaders held their meeting in the presence of Wafiq Safa, head of Hizbullah's Liaison and Coordination Unit, according to a joint statement issued after the talks.

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Lebanese Seriously Wounded in Battles along Border with Syria

A Lebanese national was severely wounded in the ongoing battles along the border with Syria, the state-run National News Agency reported.

According to NNA, 20-year-old Mohammed Omar Awdeh was seriously injured in the outskirts of the eastern border town of Arsal.

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Al-Rahi Calls on March 8, 14 to Withdraw Presidential Candidates

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi expressed belief on Sunday that the political powers should elect a consensual president who is not affiliated to March 8 or 14 alliances and considered not provocative.

“As long as the March 14 coalition will not allow the March 8 candidate to reach the presidential post and vise versa, then we should choose a head of state not affiliated to both alliances,” al-Rahi said during Sunday's sermon in his summer seat of Diman.

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Free Sunnis of Baalbek Brigade Warns Head of Cyber Crime Bureau: We Will Inflame Lebanon

The obscure group known as the Free Sunnis of Baalbek Brigade threatened on Sunday to target Maj. Suzan al-Hajj, chief of the Internal Security Forces' Cyber Crime and Intellectual Property Protection bureau.

The shadowy group urged al-Hajj in a tweet using a new account on Twitter to reconsider her tactics and “stop meddling with fire.”

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