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Hariri on Feb. 14 Anniversary: We're Taef Accord Guardians and We Won't 'Hand Over' Refugees

Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Thursday stressed that he and his political movement will always remain the “guardians” of the 1989 Taef Accord, which ended Lebanon’s civil war, as he emphasized that he will not accept to “hand over” the Syrian refugees to Damascus “as hostages.”

“Today, we gather, 14 years after the assassination crime, and 11 years after the start of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The dream of Rafik Hariri is still with us after all these years and his reconstruction, development and stability project is still being mentioned by each Lebanese who wants to see the country full of work,” said Hariri at Beirut’s Seaside Arena in a speech marking the 14th anniversary of the assassination of his father, ex-PM Rafik Hariri.

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Lebanese Man Crosses into Israel after Serving Time in Jail

A Lebanese man on Thursday crossed the Blue Line into Israel, the Lebanese Army and the National News Agency said.

Identifying the man as Jihad Ahmed Shebli Saleh, the army said the man crossed from the outskirts of the Lebanese town of Aita al-Shaab and that the issue was being followed up in coordination with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

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U.S. Ambassador Visits Hariri's Tomb, Says Justice Coming

U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard on Thursday visited the tomb of slain ex-PM Rafik Hariri in central Beirut on his 14th assassination anniversary.

Richard laid a wreath of flowers and said she was confident that justice will be served in the case.

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Bassil: Unacceptable to Insult Any Martyr

Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil announced Thursday that “it is unacceptable to insult any martyr,” a day after a verbal clash between the MPs Nawwaf al-Moussawi and Nadim Gemayel over the 1982 election of slain president-elect Bashir Gemayel.

“On the Feb. 14 anniversary, we remember martyr premier Rafik Hariri and Lebanon’s martyrs – be them presidents, officials, fighters, resistance fighters or citizens. Each of them is the country’s martyr because if during his life he belongs to a party, a group or a sect, through his martyrdom he becomes for every Lebanese,” Bassil tweeted.

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Saudi Envoy Continues His Visit, Meets Jumblat

Saudi royal envoy Nizar al-Aloula continued his official visit to Lebanon on Thursday by meeting Progressive Socialist Party leader ex-MP Walid Jumblat in Clemenceau.

He was accompanied by Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Walid al-Bukhari and the meeting was held in the presence of the ministers Wael Abu Faour and Akram Shehayyeb and the MPs Marwan Hamadeh and Taymour Jumblat.

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Lebanese Mother, Son among Five killed in Plane Crash in Kenya

A small plane that crashed in the west of Kenya killed all five people on board including two Lebanese-American, a mother and her son, media reports said Thursday.

According to preliminary information, the Lebanese victims were identified as Cynthia Sh.S and her son Karl R.

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Lebanon Marks Hariri's Assassination Anniversary

Lebanon marked the 14th anniversary of slain former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri who was assassinated in a massive and shocking suicide bombing in 2005 that destabilized the country.

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Guidanian Says Tourism Growth ‘Excellent’

Tourism Minister Avedis Guidanian on Thursday said that tourism in Lebanon has improved remarkably, noting that "Valentine Day is an exceptional occasion” that increased hotel occupancy and customer demands for restaurants.

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Kataeb: Mousawwi’s Remarks Not a Slip of the Tongue

After a heated debate between Hizbullah and Kataeb deputies in parliament on Thursday, Kataeb party said that remarks made by Hizbullah MP Nawwaf Moussawi reflect a “public declaration that Hizbullah controls the state institution by force of arms,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Thursday.

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Nadim Gemayel: 'We're Willing to Take Up Arms'

Kataeb bloc MP Nadim Gemayel on Wednesday lashed out at Hizbullah, after MP Nawwaf al-Moussawi voiced remarks against slain president-elect Bashir Gemayel -- Nadim's father and the founder of the Lebanese Forces.

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