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STL Trial Chamber Orders Resumption of Hearings

The Trial Chamber of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) issued a Scheduling Order in which it ordered the hearings in the Ayyash et al. case to resume on Monday 14 May 2018, an STL press release said on Wednesday.

The Judges will hear the evidence of Professor Siegfried Ludwig Sporer, an expert witness for the accused Hussein Hassan Oneissi.

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UN Secretary-General Congratulates Lebanon on Parliamentary Elections

The Secretary-General congratulated Lebanon on the holding of parliamentary elections on 6 May, a statement released by the UN office said on Wednesday.

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Hariri Congratulates Women on Winning Six Parliament Seats

Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Wednesday congratulated women of Lebanon for winning six parliament seats in Sunday’s general elections, up from just four in the 2009-era parliament.

“We congratulate the women of Lebanon for winning 6 parliamentary seats, and congratulations for al-Mustaqbal Movement for winning half of these seats,” said Hariri on Twitter.

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Israel on Alert in Shebaa Farms after Strikes on Syria

In the wake of the Israeli air strikes on military targets in Syria, Israeli forces have been on high alert along the border line of the occupied Shebaa Farms adjacent to the Golan Heights section in Syria, the National News Agency reported on Wednesday.

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Berri Says Vote Results ‘Will Protect Lebanon’

Parliament speaker Nabih Berri said that the general election's results vindicated a formula in which both the army and Hizbullah guarantee the country's protection.

Polls held on Sunday, the first in nine years, saw Hizbullah's allies in parliament garner enough seats to block any attempt by its political foes in parliament to make it disarm.

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Lebanon Civil Society Candidates Suspect Electoral 'Fraud'

A secular coalition that ran in Lebanon's parliamentary elections said on Tuesday it will legally challenge the defeat of one of its candidates, slamming the vote count as untransparent.

Kulluna Watani, an alliance of civil society activists, had projected it would win at least two seats in the landmark May 6 vote -- an achievement in a country with a deeply entrenched political class.

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Bassil Says 'Change' Has Begun in Chouf-Aley after 4 Seats Won

Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil announced Tuesday that “change” has started in the Mount Lebanon regions of Chouf and Aley, the bastion of Druze leader MP Walid Jumblat, after an FPM-led coalition managed to clinch four seats in the region in the parliamentary elections.

“We will together be in the Strong Lebanon bloc, in order to back the presidency and Mount Lebanon, support the restoration of rights for Christians and Druze in Mt. Lebanon, and revive prosperity and development in Mt. Lebanon,” Bassil said after meeting Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan, with whom the FPM allied in the Chouf-Aley electoral district.

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Hizbullah Arsenal Seen as Safe after Parliamentary Vote

With its rivals weakened and its allies enjoying a stronger position than ever after Lebanon's parliamentary elections, Hizbullah will seek a stamp of state legitimacy for its long-controversial weapons arsenal.

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Five New Faces to Follow in New Parliament

Lebanon's first general election this decade has yielded its crop of new faces -- not necessarily new names -- entering parliament for the first time. Here are brief profiles of some of them:

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Lebanon's Winning Women: Six Females Voted into Parliament

Lebanon's new parliament will include six female lawmakers across the country, up from just four in the 2009-era parliament with several fresh faces.

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