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Geagea Hits Back at Assad over Lebanon's Dissociation Policy

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea snapped back Thursday at Syrian President Bashar Assad over the latter's criticism of Lebanon's so-called dissociation policy.

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Attorney Files Complaint to State Prosecution against Mufti of Syria

Attorney representing Syrian nationals residing in Lebanon, Tarek Shandab, filed on Thursday before the general prosecution a lawsuit against Syria's Grand Mufti Ahmed Badreddin Hassoun for “incitement to commit crimes against humanity,” the National News Agency reported.

Shandab called for the Mufti's arrest and for adding his name on all Lebanese borders in order to capture him before leaving to Syria.

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Assad Criticizes Lebanon's Dissociation Policy, Says Aoun's Election Victory for Syria

Syrian President Bashar Assad said the election of President Michel Aoun for Lebanon's presidency is a victory for Syria as he stressed that Lebanon can not adopt a dissociation policy, Syrian al-Watan daily reported Thursday.

“The arrival of Aoun at Lebanon's presidency is a victory for Syria and for the axis of the Resistance, primarily when the president realizes that Lebanon can not be dissociated from the fires blazing around it and despite that adopt what has been named as the dissociation policy,” said Assad in an interview with the daily.

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Kanaan: Proportional Representation, Reforms 'Cure' Regime

Change and Reform bloc MP Ibrahim Kanaan said on Thursday that proportional representation together with the reforms proposed to the election law, are the serious solution for the regime's problems.

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Prison for Michigan Man Sought to Join Hizbullah, Fight in Syria

A Detroit-area man accused of trying to travel to the Middle East to fight in Syria's civil war has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Mohammad Hamdan has been in custody for nearly three years and will get credit for that time. He was sentenced Wednesday, about four months after pleading guilty to making false statements to agents.

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Jumblat Accuses Syrian Regime of Assassination Plot

After doubts that an assassination plot could be planned against him, Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat pointed the finger at the Syrian regime saying it is the “primary suspect” behind such a plot, As Safir daily reported Thursday.

Jumblat said he believes that the “biggest winner who will benefit from my assassination is the Syrian regime which has grown stronger after the field developments on the battlefront in Syria,” he told the daily.

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Report: Cabinet Line-Up Behind Time Despite Positive 'Vibes'

Despite the positive atmospheres that emerged in the past two days heralding a cabinet would be formed soon, sources close to Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri said the formation is likely to be delayed, media reports said Thursday.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity that discussions on the distribution of ministerial portfolios and shares in the new cabinet are not complete.

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Franjieh Meets Hariri, Says Won't Allow Anyone to 'Subjugate, Penalize' Marada

Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh held talks Wednesday with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri after which he defiantly announced that he “will not allow anyone to subjugate, penalize or curb the representation” of his movement.

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UNRWA Condemns Ain el-Hilweh Violence that Forced Children to Flee

The U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, UNRWA, strongly condemned Wednesday the armed violence that took place in the Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Sidon on December 5.

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Aoun Calls for Building 'Just, Strong and Capable State'

President Michel Aoun on Wednesday called for “immunizing national unity” and building “a just, strong and capable State.”

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