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Mashnouq: Mustaqbal Seeking President who Can Protect State, Not Awaiting Foreign Instructions

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq announced Tuesday that al-Mustaqbal Movement is seeking “a president for the republic who can protect the safety and structure of the State,” stressing that the movement is not “awaiting foreign instructions” regarding the presidential vote.

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U.S. Army Mideast Commander Joseph Votel Visits Lebanon

U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander General Joseph L. Votel visited Lebanon Tuesday as part of a multi-stop tour of the Middle East, the U.S. Embassy said.

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Shehayyeb Hopes 'Forces of Obstruction' Won't Join Kataeb Protests, Warns of Return of Trash to Streets

Agriculture Minister Akram Shehayyeb, who is in charge of overseeing the government's emergency waste management plan, hoped Tuesday that the Free Patriotic Movement will not be allowed to join Kataeb Party's protests outside the Bourj Hammoud landfill, as he warned that the alternative to the plan would be the return of the piles of trash that invaded the country's streets, forests and riverbanks last year.

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FPM Escalation to Stay 'Limited' amid Contacts to Secure Cabinet Stability

The Free Patriotic Movement's expected escalation over the file of military appointments will remain “limited” and will not reach the extent of toppling the government, a media report said on Tuesday.

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FPM to Join Kataeb's Bourj Hammoud Sit-in to Say 'Street Protests are an Option'

The Free Patriotic Movement is expected to join the Kataeb Party and the Tashnag Party in a protest scheduled for Tuesday outside the Bourj Hammoud garbage landfill, in a move aimed at sending a “message” that “street protests are an option,” a media report said on Tuesday.

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Moussawi Defends 'Resistance Brigades', Says Saudi Blocking Aoun's Election

Hizbullah MP Nawwaf al-Moussawi on Monday defended the Hizbullah-linked Resistance Brigades after Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq's latest criticism of the group and accused Riyadh of blocking the election of Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun as president.

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Fatfat: Nasrallah's Remarks Aimed at Misleading Lebanese

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's latest remarks about the return of Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri to the premiership were only aimed at “misleading the Lebanese,” Mustaqbal bloc MP Ahmed Fatfat said on Monday.

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Berri: Government to Stay, Package Deal is Only Solution

Speaker Nabih Berri has ruled out possible ministerial resignations over the thorny issue of military appointments while stressing that only the so-called “package deal” he has proposed can resolve the country's multiple political crises.

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Iraqi Freed after Brief Abduction in Baalbek

An Iraqi young man was released at dawn Monday after a brief kidnap in the eastern Bekaa region, state-run National News Agency reported.

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Report: Berri in Consultations with Hizbullah to Immunize Government

Speaker Nabih Berri is expected to launch several decisive stances that would take the form of a “roadmap” in his upcoming speech during the commemoration of the 39th anniversary of the disappearance of Imam Moussa al-Sadr and his two companions, a media report said on Monday.

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