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March 14 Warns Against Attempts to Put STL on Parliament Session Agenda

March 14 lawmakers have accused Speaker Nabih Berri of putting the speakership in confrontation of not only the March 14 forces but also the Cedar Revolution after he said it took Lebanon back 60 years on the democratic level.

In remarks to An Nahar daily on Tuesday, the sources warned that Berri was making attempts to put on the agenda of a parliamentary session on June 8 the issue of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and Lebanon’s commitment to it.

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Security Sources Deny People Arrested in Connection with UNIFIL Bombing

Lebanese security sources have denied media reports that several people were arrested in connection with the roadside bombing that targeted a UNIFIL convoy in southern Lebanon last week.

The sources told As Safir daily published Tuesday that neither Lebanese nor Palestinians were in the custody of any security or military apparatus.

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Jumblat Says he ‘Gave Up,’ Hints Aoun Behind Cabinet Delay

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat denied that his latest stance from Hizbullah was aimed at requesting a “political asylum back to the March 14 forces,” As Safir newspaper reported on Tuesday.

“I am frustrated and depressed. I gave up,” Jumblat said.

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Suleiman, Miqati Agree Not to Form One-sided Cabinet to Avoid Clash with West

President Michel Suleiman agrees with Premier-designate Najib Miqati on the need to avoid the formation of a one-sided cabinet so that it does not clash with the West and mainly the Obama administration, As Safir daily said Tuesday.

Suleiman does not mind that Miqati forms a balanced government in which the new parliamentary majority would get 19 ministers while the centrist bloc that includes the president, the PM-designate and MP Walid Jumblat would get 11 ministers, the newspaper said.

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Miqati Meets Berri as 14-Member Cabinet Formula Makes the Rounds

Premier-designate Najib Miqati seems to have resumed consultations aimed at forming the new cabinet after meetings with the different representatives of March 8 leaders came to a standstill almost two weeks ago.

Miqati met with Speaker Nabih Berri in Ain el-Tineh on Monday night. The two officials later held another round of talks in the presence of Berri’s aide MP Ali Hassan Khalil and the assistant of the Hizbullah leader, Hussein Khalil, An Nahar daily reported.

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Berri: Cedar Revolution Set Lebanon Back 60 Years Legally, Demographically

Speaker Nabih Berri on Monday expressed his belief that “the Cedar Revolution has set Lebanon back 60 years legally and demographically, squandered public money, and provided the suitable atmosphere for further foreign intervention in Lebanon’s present and future.”

“This is the reason behind its failure,” Berri noted in a speech at a ceremony organized by the International Intellectual Conference to honor late Shiite clerics Mohammed Makki al-Jizzini and Zeineddine al-Jabhi.

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Heated Debate at Telecom Committee Meeting as it Fails to Agree on Investigation Team

The parliamentary telecommunications committee held a meeting on Monday to discuss the suggestion to form a specialized technical team to determine what is located on the second floor of a Telecommunications Ministry building at Adliyeh, revealed the head of the committee MP Hasan Fadlallah.

He said during a press conference after a heated committee session at parliament: “A dispute erupted over who has the authority to appoint an Ogero Telecom member in the technical team.”

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Jumblat: UNIFIL Attack Aimed at Pressuring Participating Countries to Lower Number of Troops

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat condemned Friday’s attack against the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, wondering whether the timing was connected to “very sensitive” political situation on the internal and regional scenes.

He asked in his weekly editorial in the PSP-affiliated al-Anbaa magazine: “Was the attack aimed at pressuring the participating countries in UNFIL to lower the number of troops who have played a major role in implementing U.N. Security Council resolution 1701?”

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Suleiman Requests Justice Ministry to Take Legal Action against Rifi

The presidency announced on Monday that President Michel Suleiman had requested that the Justice Ministry take legal action against Internal Security Forces chief Major General Ashraf Rifi over his refusal to obey the orders of caretaker Interior Minister Ziad Baroud.

On Thursday, Baroud had ordered Rifi to pull out ISF Intelligence Bureau personnel from the second floor of the building affiliated with the telecom ministry, where OGERO Telecom is in charge of the installations of the third mobile network donated by China to Lebanon according to a cabinet resolution.

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Khalife Denies His Convoy Pelted with Stones: I Was in Beirut All Morning

Caretaker Health Minister Mohammed Jawad Khalife denied to the Central News Agency on Monday some media reports that Palestinian refugees near al-Shabriha camp in Tyre had pelted his convoy with stones.

He asserted that he never headed to the South on Monday, adding that he was in Beirut all morning as he was carrying out surgeries at the American University of Beirut Medical Center.

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