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Mustaqbal Demands 'Single Standard' in Implementing Security Plans

Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc on Tuesday stressed the need to "follow a single standard in the implementation of security plans in all regions and towards all parties and political forces,” while calling for the election of a “consensual” president according to March 14's recent initiative.

In a statement issued after its weekly meeting, the bloc also condemned “the attacks on the army and its officers and soldiers,” stressing that “this behavior serves the goals of Lebanon's enemies.”

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Gemayel Meets in Jeddah with Muqrin, al-Faisal, Hariri

Kataeb Party MP Sami Gemayel held talks Tuesday in Jeddah with Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz and Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal.

Gemayel also met with al-Mustaqbal movement leader MP Saad Hariri, according to a statement issued by Kataeb.

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Al-Rahi Returns from Rome: Officials Would Be Violating Constitution by Extending Parliament's Term

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi reiterated on Tuesday his rejection of the proposed extension of parliament's term, noting that it would violate the constitution and the will of the people.

He said upon his return from Rome: “I told Mustaqbal Movement leader MP Saad Hariri that he would be violating the constitution by seeking the extension.”

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Shepherd Dead in Explosion in Bekka's Adous Plain

A shepherd was killed on Tuesday in an explosion whose nature is still unclear in Bekaa's Adous plain.

According to the National News Agency, "a loud unidentified explosion was heard in Adous plain, which led to the death of Abdullah Niraz Arafat, who is a naturalized citizen."

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Change and Reform: We'll Resort to All Legal Measures to Reject Extension

The Change and Reform parliamentary bloc on Tuesday vowed to resort to “all legal measures” to reject the proposed extension of the parliament's term, stressing that the issue “will not be a walk in the park” for the proponents of such a move.

“We are with holding the presidential vote, but it must be preceded by a (constitutional) amendment that allows direct election by the people,” the bloc's secretary MP Ibrahim Kanaan announced after the weekly meeting in Rabieh.

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Employee Tells Rifi How She was Punched by Fattoush at Justice Palace

Justice Palace employee Manal Daou on Tuesday recounted to Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi the details of the assault she endured on Monday at the hands of former minister and incumbent MP Nicolas Fattoush.

The incident has stirred a storm on social networking websites, where activists and citizens vented their anger on Fattoush and expressed solidarity with Daou, especially that the MP was behind submitting a draft law to extend the parliament's term by 31 months, following the 17-month extension in 2013.

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Six Charged with Belonging to Terrorist Group

Six people were charged on Tuesday with belonging to an armed terrorist group aimed at carrying out attacks in Lebanon, reported the National News Agency.

It said that detainee Ibrahim Bohloq and five Syrian fugitives were charged by State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr.

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Member of Hujeiri Family Abducted on Riyaq Highway

A member of the al-Hujeiri family was abducted on Tuesday in the Baalbek region, reported the National News Agency.

It said that the victim was kidnapped on the Riyaq – Baalbek highway near the Nassar Nassar stores.

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MPs Elect Parliament Bureau, Committee Members ahead of Expected Mandate Extension

Parliament's bureau members were reelected during a short session on Tuesday as a first implicit step towards a second extension of the legislature's term.

MPs also elected the heads, members and rapporteurs of 16 parliamentary committees in line with the internal system.

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Israeli Soldiers Cross Technical Fence Near Wazzani Fort

An Israeli army patrol crossed on Monday the technical fence near the so-called Wazzani Fort in southern Lebanon and stayed in the area for three hours, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The eight-member patrol, which was backed by a Humvee, reached the banks of Wazzani river and monitored the area for three hours around 5:00 am, NNA said.

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