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'Wedding Song' Sparks Bloodbath in Baalbek Town

Three people were killed and four others were wounded as a wedding turned into a tragedy in the Baalbek district town of Younin.

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Jumblat Says No Need for 'Unconstitutional' Baabda Meeting

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat on Sunday poured cold water on suggestions that a five-party meeting be held in Baabda to resolve the curreny political crisis.

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Hariri Dismayed but 'Will Not Resign'

Prime Minister Saad Hariri is dismayed by the political deadlock in the country but does not intend to resign, sources close to him said.

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Druze Spiritual Leader Calls for Christian-Muslim Summit Tuesday

Druze spiritual leader Sheikh Naim Hassan called for an Islamic-Christian summit on Tuesday, at the Council's headquarters in Beirut, the National News Agency reported on Saturday.

NNA said Hassan has called for the summit “to dwell on various national and spiritual issues and to emphasize the national and constitutional constants, to resort to the state’s institutions, to control all political differences with respect for diversity and stability and civil peace, and the need to activate the government action to meet the challenges that beset our Lebanon at various levels.”

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LDP Accuses PSP of Sparking Clash, PSP Denies

The Lebanese Democratic Party issued a statement on Saturday claiming that one supporter of the Progressive Socialist Party had tried to trigger a fight with guards of State Minister for Refugee Affairs Saleh al-Gharib in al-Bsatin area.

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Report: Hariri ‘Vowed’ to Call for Cabinet Meeting Next Week

Prime Minister Saad Hariri has reportedly vowed to call for a Cabinet session next week to activate the government’s work suspended since July 2 over the Qabrshmoun incident, the Saudi Asharq al-Awsat reported on Saturday.

Ministerial sources told the daily the expected government meeting will address several items on the agenda in order to resume the work of institutions and activate them.

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Ibrahim Mediates Release of U.S. Citizen Held in Syria

A 30-year-old American held captive in Syria for two months was attempting to visit every country in the world, US media reported Friday, after he had been freed.

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Bassil Warns over 'National Accord, Partnership' after 'Article 80' Controversy

Free Patriotic Movement chief and Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil on Friday described parliament’s controversial approval of Article 80 of the state budget as a blow to “national accord” and “partnership.”

“What happened with us regarding Article 80 of the state budget is not something minor in terms of the violation of balances, understandings and agreements,” Bassil said in a speech in Zahle.

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Nasrallah Renews Support for Arslan, Says He's Not 'Tool' against Jumblat

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday reiterated support for Lebanese Democratic Party leader Talal Arslan in the standoff over the Qabrshmoun incident, as he denied that Syria and Hizbullah are waging a political war on Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblat.

“We support MP Talal Arslan in anything he decides as to the Qabrshmoun incident and we're with convening the cabinet as soon as possible to discuss the issue,” Nasrallah said in a televised address.

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Jumblat Warns Judge of 'Fattoush's Rockets'

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat on Friday warned Mount Lebanon Prosecutor Judge Ghada Aoun of what he called the “rockets” of Pierre Fattoush, the owner of a controversial cement factory in the Ain Dara region.

“I congratulate Judge Ghada Aoun on her decision to shut down the Ain Dara stone crushing plants in order to preserve environment and Ain Dara’s properties,” Jumblat tweeted.

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