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Aoun Says FPM Seeking to End Presidential Vacuum: A Matter of Existence

Change and Reform bloc MP Alain Aoun stressed Saturday that Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun's presidential initiative is set to reach a mechanism that ends the vacuum at the Baabda Palace.

“We are seeking solutions... the core of the problem is Christian and not linked to a person... it's a matter of rights,” Aoun said in an interview with An Nahar newspaper.

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Hariri Deplores Qatif Attack, Says It Serves Interests of 'Iran-backed Militias'

Al-Mustaqbal movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri on Friday condemned as “terrorist” the suicide bombing that rocked a Shiite mosque in the eastern Saudi region of Qatif, noting that it is aimed at “stirring sedition” and that it serves the interests of Yemen's Huthi rebels and other Iran-backed “militias.”

“The objectives of this criminal attack are obvious, because it is part of a vicious cycle seeking to stir sedition among the sons of the kingdom and to jeopardize its stability,” Hariri said in a statement.

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Hizbullah Holds Riyadh Responsible for Qatif Shiite Mosque Blast

Hizbullah on Friday held Saudi authorities “responsible” for a deadly suicide bombing that rocked a Shiite mosque in the kingdom's east, accusing Riyadh of “negligence” and “incitement.”

“We hold Saudi authorities fully responsible for this heinous crime, due to its sponsorship, embracement and support for the criminal murderers at the ideological, journalistic, political, material and operational levels … and due to its negligence in providing protection to its citizens who live in the Eastern Province and its incitement against them,” Hizbullah's media department said in a statement.

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Change and Reform Concludes Presidential Initiative Tour

Change and Reform lawmakers finished Friday a tour the bloc kicked off earlier this week to garner support for Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun's initiative to end the lingering presidential crisis.

“The Christian voice isn't being heard... despite its importance” to end the presidential crisis, MP Simon Abi Ramia said after talks with Lebanese Democratic Party leader Talal Arslan at his residence.

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Mustaqbal Slams Raad's 'Aggression,' Says Hizbullah will be Held Accountable

Al-Mustaqbal bloc described on Friday alleged threats by Hizbullah MP Mohammed Raad against the movement's officials as an “aggression on civil peace,” saying they were a reflection of “terrorism” proliferating in the Middle East because of the party's main backer Iran.

Raad's threat to al-Mustaqbal Secretary General Ahmed Hariri and Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi, “which is assault on civil peace, is the other face of the extremist and terrorist movements that are proliferating in the region because of the way Iran behaves and orders its followers,” the bloc said in a statement.

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Army Detains Two for Belonging to ISIL

The army intelligence detained Friday two men linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa valley, media reports said.

Abdul Nabi Roumiyeh and his son were detained in Bar Elias area.

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Qahwaji Says Army Not to Despair on Liberation of Occupied Land

Army chief Gen. Jean Qahwaji vowed on Friday to liberate the remaining land occupied by Israel and to bring back home servicemen taken hostage by jihadists.

“We will not despair until we liberate the last inch of our occupied land,” Qahwaji said in his Order of the Day on the occasion of Resistance and Liberation Day.

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Seven People Admitted to Hospital as Spoiled Meat Invades Akkar

Seven people have been admitted to Akkar Rahal hospital after they suffered food poisoning in the northern district of Akkar, the state-run National News Agency reported Friday.

The seven patients, who hail from Hosniye town in Akkar, are vomiting, suffering from diarrhea, and have high fever.

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STL's Roux Hails Lebanon's Role in Criminal Justice

The head of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon's defense office has said that Lebanon can do a major favor for international criminal justice following the establishment of the STL.

Francois Roux told An Nahar daily in remarks published on Friday that Lebanon was able through the tragedy that led to the formation of the court to achieve a major breakthrough in international criminal justice.

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March 14 MPs in Bkirki to Protest Yearlong Presidential Vacuum

A delegation from the March 14 alliance lawmakers will visit the Maronite church seat on Tuesday to express resentment over the lingering presidential vacuum.

Al-Mustaqbal newspaper reported Friday that the delegation will meet with Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi to denounce the ongoing vacuum.

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