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Geagea Rejects Bids to Integrate Displaced Syrians in Lebanon

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea on Tuesday categorically rejected any bid to integrate the Syrian refugees in Lebanon, as the international community reportedly plans to adopt a policy that integrates them in host countries.

“Lebanon is not an empty land without people. Any thought or step towards keeping the Syrian refugees in Lebanon, even temporarily, is totally rejected,” said Geagea.

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Berri Says Meeting with Aoun ‘Excellent’

President Michel Aoun held talks on Tuesday with Speaker Nabih Berri at the Presidential Palace in Baabda where talks touched on several issues “without dwelling into details,” the State-run National News Agency reported.

“The meeting was more than excellent and we touched on all future topics without dwelling into details,” Berri told reporters after the meeting.

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Aoun, Officials Condemn Israeli Crimes Against Palestinians

President Michel Aoun and several lawmakers denounced on Tuesday Israel’s criminality against the Palestinian people in the wake of the inauguration of the United States embassy in Jerusalem.

Aoun took to Twitter and said: “The crimes go one and the guards continue to be absent...Palestine.”

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FPM Says Won’t ‘Renounce’ Social Affairs Ministry

The Free Patriotic Movement on Tuesday said it will not “renounce the Social Affairs Ministry” to another party, when the new government is formed, if a “clear” policy on the displacement of Syrians in Lebanon is not adopted.

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Report: Maarab Agreement Could Be in 'Jeopardy'

Repercussions of the parliamentary elections reflected negatively on the relations between the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces, amid reports that the Maarab Agreement between the two--which eventually brought the FPM founder Michel Aoun to the post of presidency--might be in jeopardy.

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Defense Case Begins at Special Tribunal for Lebanon

Defense counsel for the Accused Hussein Hassan Oneissi began Monday the presentation of evidence before the Trial Chamber of the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

The presentation began with the testimony of an expert witness, Professor Siegfried Ludwig Sporer.

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Nasrallah Says Golan Attack Tells Israel Its Raids Won't Go Unpunished

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah announced Monday that Thursday's rocket attack on the occupied Golan Heights was a “message” that Israel can no longer bomb Syria without facing a response.

“For the first time ever, the occupation posts in occupied Golan were targeted with such a bombardment. Israel said that only 20 rockets were fired some of which were downed, but the truth is that 55 rockets some of which of heavy-caliber were fired at a number of military posts, creating huge explosions, which forced all residents in Golan and some in north Israel to scramble to bomb shelters in panic,” Nasrallah said in a televised address marking the second anniversary of the death in Syria of Hizbullah commander Mustafa Badreddine.

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Hariri Voices Dismay over U.S. Jerusalem Move, Geagea Slams 'Massacre'

Lebanese leaders on Monday reacted to Washington's inauguration of its deeply controversial embassy in Jerusalem and to Israel's killing of dozens of Palestinian protesters on Gaza's border.

In a statement, Hariri expressed “Lebanon's extreme dismay over the decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.”

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Constitutional Council Annulls Article 49 of State Budget

The Constitutional Council on Monday annulled 7 Articles of the state budget including Article 49 which grants residence permits to foreign property owners.

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Berri Chairs ‘Farewell’ Parliament Bureau Meeting

Speaker Nabih Berri chaired at his residence in Ain el-Tineh a “farewell” meeting of the Parliament Bureau before the legislature concludes on June 20 its mandate that extended over a nine-year period.

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