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Celebratory Gunshots after Mubarak's Ouster, Hizbullah Hails Resignation 'Historic Victory'

Celebratory gunfire rang out in Lebanon as the world cheered the exit of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Hizbullah, meanwhile, congratulated Egyptians on their "historic victory" following Mubarak's decision to step down, as car horns blared and fireworks went off in Beirut.

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Syria Hopes Miqati Would Involve Pro-Syrian Lebanese Parties in New Government

A source from the March 8 camp revealed on Friday that Syria is trying to revitalize the pro-Syrian Lebanese parties' roles in the new Lebanese government.

It told the Central News Agency that the Syrian leadership hoped that Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati would appoint MP Ali Qanso as a minister representing the Syrian Social National Party, MP Qassem Hashem as a minister from the Baath party, and Osama Saad as a minister from the Nasserite organization.

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Bassil Signs Fuel Price List without Raising Costs

Caretaker Energy Minister Jebran Bassil on Friday signed the fuel price list without raising the cost of gasoline to consumers.

A statement issued by the Energy Ministry said Bassil kept gasoline prices of all grades the same.

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Lacroix Celebrates Allure of The Orient

The Orient has long held a fascination for westerners, conjuring up exotic images from historic lands where few travelers ventured before the advent of trains and steamboats.

As a child in the 1950s French couturier Christian Lacroix recalls the inscription on a monument in the port of Marseilles, "Gateway to the East" was enough to fire his imagination and later inspire his designs.

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Salameh: Lebanese Canadian Bank Abides by Laws, International Standards

Central Bank governor Riad Salameh said Friday “the Lebanese Canadian Bank abides by Lebanese laws and international standards,” a day after the Treasury Department accused it of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in drug profits for a cocaine smuggling organization with ties to Hizbullah.

The bank “receives the absolute support of the Central Bank,” Salameh said.

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Israel Issues Alert as Mughniyeh’s Murder Anniversary Approaches

Israel’s Counter Terrorism Bureau issued a warning to Israeli travelers on Friday ahead of the anniversaries of the assassination of Hizbullah officials Imad Mughniyeh and Abbas al-Moussawi.

The bureau cautioned the public of the increased threat of terror attacks against Israelis abroad, saying they should avoid traveling to Egypt, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Ivory Coast, Mauritania and Venezuela.

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Fillon: New Cabinet Should Respect Tribunal

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon reiterated that Lebanon should respect international resolutions and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

“We had fully supported the national unity cabinet headed by Saad Hariri,” Fillon told pan-Arab daily al-Hayat in an interview published Friday.

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U.S. Says it Intends to Judge Next Lebanese Government by its Deeds

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg has said that Washington “intends to judge the next Lebanese government by its deeds.”

“We will be watching Prime Minister-designate (Najib) Miqati to see whether he makes good on his public pledge to build a broad-based government that represents all sections of Lebanese society,” Steinberg said in a testimony at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Egypt and Lebanon on Thursday.

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Miqati Resumes Talks with March 14 on Cabinet Formation

A meeting between Premier-designate Najib Miqati and Caretaker Labor Minister Butros Harb on Thursday signaled the resumption of contacts between the billionaire businessman and the March 14 forces.

Miqati’s circles told An Nahar daily in remarks published Friday that the meeting was “positive” and the cabinet formation process was making progress.

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UNIFIL in Dark over Israeli Freeze on Ghajar Pullout

Israel has failed to notify U.N. peacekeepers along the volatile Lebanese-Israeli border of its decision to freeze its plan to withdraw from the disputed village of Ghajar, a U.N. official said Thursday.

"The U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has not been notified by Israel of any change in their position on this matter," said Milos Strugar, UNIFIL's director of political and civil affairs.

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