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Alain Aoun: Michel Aoun's Election Confirmed

Change and Reform parliamentary bloc MP Alain Aoun said that the election of bloc leader, MP Michel Aoun, as the new Lebanese president “is definite."

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Truck Laden with Captagon Busted in Tripoli

Police in the north, thwarted an operation to smuggle massive amounts of Captagon narcotic pills to Saudi Arabia, the National News Agency reported on Tuesday.

A truck coming from Syria that contained ample amounts of Captagon pills bound to be shipped to Saudi Arabia was seized in the northern port of Tripoli, added NNA.

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Report: Hizbullah Wants Considerable Share for Berri in Next Government

Dialogue channels between Hizbullah and Speaker Nabih Berri are ongoing and are focusing on the formation of the new government which will see the light after the election of a president at the end of October, An Nahar daily reported on Tuesday.

Sources following up closely on the file, said that Hizbullah is keen to have considerable participation for Berri in the next government, added the daily.

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Al-Rahi Meets Aoun, Says Relieved over Nomination

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi expressed “relief” Monday that the country's lengthy presidential vacuum might see an end during the October 31 voting session.

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Berri Urges World to Help Lebanon Cope with Syrian Refugee Crisis

Speaker Nabih Berri on Monday called on the international community to help Lebanon cope with the Syrian refugee crisis.

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Hajj Hassan Holds Economic Talks in Damascus with Syrian PM

Industry Minister Hussein al-Hajj Hassan of Hizbullah held talks Monday in Damascus with Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis.

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Saudi Stresses 'Determination to Confront Hizbullah Terrorist Activities'

Saudi Arabia stressed Monday its determination to confront what it called “the terrorist activities of Lebanon's Hizbullah,” four days after it imposed sanctions on alleged Hizbullah members and financial backers.

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Moussawi: AMAL Can't be Replaced in Political Equation

Hizbullah's outspoken MP Nawwaf al-Moussawi stressed Monday that “no political force” can replace the AMAL Movement in the “national political equation.”

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Israel Has 'No Intention' to Start New War against Lebanon

Firebrand Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced Monday that Israel has “no intention” of starting a new war against Lebanon.

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Geagea: Aoun is Pragmatic, His Election as President 'Unpleasant' for Hizbullah

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea stressed on Monday that the arrival of MP Michel Aoun to the post of presidency is “not favorable” for Hizbullah, as he stressed that the General (Aoun) is pragmatic in politics and does not adopt the strategy of Hizbullah.

Replying to a question on whether his support for Aoun means that he has become a partner of Hizbullah, Geagea said in an interview to the Cairo-based CBC TV: “General Aoun is pragmatic. Before 2005 he was against the Syrian tutelage and against Hizbullah. He has played a major role in the issuance of the US law on the accountability of Syria and has went personally to the Congress where he testified against the tutelage authority at the time.

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