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Gemayel: Rift Not Sectarian but between Thugs, Decent People

Kataeb Party chief MP Sami Gemayel announced Sunday that "the rift in Lebanon is not sectarian or between certain regions but rather between thugs and decent people."

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Al-Rahi Hails Aoun for Contacting Berri

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi on Sunday lauded President Michel Aoun's initiative of holding phone talks with Speaker Nabih Berri following the political storm sparked by leaked remarks against the Speaker.

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Berri Reportedly Says Aoun Reconciliation 'Does Not Involve Bassil'

Speaker Nabih Berri has said that his latest reconciliation with President Michel Aoun does not involve Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil, Ain el-Tineh sources told ad-Diyar newspaper in remarks published Sunday.

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Kataeb Wants '7 Seats' to Accept Alliance with LF

The Kataeb Party wants to guarantee winning seven parliamentary seats as a precondition for accepting an electoral alliance with the Lebanese Forces, a media report said.

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Report: Hizbullah Wants to Move 'Missile Factories' to Chouf

Hizbullah "has recently purchased land lots in the predominantly-Druze Mount Lebanon region of Chouf with the aim of relocating its factories and missiles," a media report said.

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Hariri: Country's Dignity More Important than Dignity of Individuals, Parties

Prime Minister Saad Hariri stressed Friday that “the country's dignity is more important than the dignity of individuals and parties,” in the wake of three days of unrest sparked by Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil's labeling of Speaker Nabih Berri as a “thug.”

“The martyr premier (Rafik Hariri) and we after him have faced waves of statements and insults that are much worse than what you are hearing today, but we have always considered the country's dignity to be more important than the dignity of individuals and parties,” Hariri said during a Mustaqbal Movement rally.

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Berri: We Must Preserve Security and Stability

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri called Friday for preserving security and stability in Lebanon, following three days of unrest sparked by remarks against him by Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil.

“Regardless of the problems that might happen, we must always preserve security and stability in the country in order to confront the major challenges,” Berri said.

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American Charged in Lebanese Neighbor's Death Will Not Testify

An Oklahoma man charged with a hate crime in the fatal shooting of his Lebanese neighbor will not testify during his murder trial.

After prosecutors rested their case Thursday, 63-year-old Stanley Majors told the judge he's decided not to take the witness stand.

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U.S. Targets Alleged Hizbullah Financier with Sanctions

The United States levied sanctions Friday against six individuals and seven business with links to alleged Hizbullah financier Adham Tabaja, the White House said.

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Bassil to Expat Conference: 'No Gods among Us', Hegemony is Unacceptable

Free Patriotic Movement chief and Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil decided Friday not to attend a Lebanese expat conference in Abidjan over security concerns related to the latest crisis between him and Speaker Nabih Berri.

Citing security reports, Bassil told the conference via video link that he did not attend the event because he fears “possible acts of sabotage against our conference.”

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