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Lebanese Back Syrian Protesters from Warehouse after Rejection of 28 Hotels to Host them

Lebanese activists gathered in a warehouse on Tuesday in a show of support for anti-regime protesters in Syria despite severe difficulties finding a venue.

"Twenty-eight hotels in Beirut and across the country refused to allow us to rent a hall to hold a private gathering in support of the Syria protests," said Saleh Mashnouk.

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Hariri on Liberation Day: National Unity Should Get Greater Credit for Liberating South

Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri congratulated on Tuesday the Lebanese on the occasion of Liberation Day on Wednesday, especially the families of martyrs who sacrificed their lives in defending Lebanon against Israeli aggression.

He said in a statement: “The anniversary of the liberation of the South comes at a time when Lebanon and the region are passing through unprecedented circumstances that require, more than ever, the Lebanese to take a stand and derive the meanings of nationalism.”

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U.S. Makes Equipment Delivery to Lebanese Army at Hamat Airfield

The United States delivered on Tuesday equipment to the Lebanese army at the Hamat Airfield via C-130 aircraft, the first time an aircraft of this size and type has landed at Hamat Airfield.

U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly and senior Lebanese army and U.S. military officers were on hand to observe the delivery.

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Aoun: Miqati Doesn’t Want to Form Cabinet, He Has Made Impossible and Inappropriate Demands

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun criticized on Tuesday Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati’s performance so far in forming a government, accusing him of wasting his time and not wanting to form the Cabinet.

He said after the FPM’s weekly meeting: “We have presented all we can to facilitate its formation, but the premier-designate does not want it to be established.”

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Israeli Troops on Alert along Border ahead of Liberation Day

The Israeli army went on alert on Tuesday along the Lebanese-Israeli border ahead of Liberation Day on Wednesday, reported the National News Agency.

The alert was accompanied with heavy activity by its armored vehicles, including Merkava tanks and Hummers, and flights by Israeli jets over the occupied Shabaa Farms.

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Naharnet Launches its New Website

This week marks a new decade for Naharnet as it bids farewell to its 10-year-old website and enters a new era with a groundbreaking Content Management Platform completely built in-house.

The initial Naharnet 2.0 website will slowly develop into a new environment that will redefine Naharnet as a digital and social media destination for the Lebanese and Arabs across the world.

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Suleiman on Liberation Day: Israel is Maintaining its Refusal to Implement International Resolutions

President Michel Suleiman congratulated on Tuesday the Lebanese and Resistance on the occasion of Liberation Day, saying that the liberation of the South demonstrated that Lebanon has the popular capabilities to liberate its land and defeat the enemy.

He stressed: “The Israeli defeat has made it think twice before executing any attack on Lebanon.”

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Williams: It’s Very Important for All Parties to Commit to Resolution 1701

U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams stressed on Tuesday the importance of the commitment to U.N. Security Council resolution 1701 by all the involved parties.

After meeting with Hizbullah official Ammar Moussawi, Williams said: “Because of the situation in the region and in the south, it is very important for all parties to commit to resolution 1701.”

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Geagea: Situation in Lebanon Increasingly Linked with Regional Developments

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said on Tuesday that the situation in Lebanon is increasingly becoming linked with the developments in the region.

“The situation in Arab countries that is witnessing revolutions lately is very promising because the peoples are aspiring for freedom and democracy,” Geagea told a delegation from American University of Technology visiting him in Maarab.

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Al-Rahi: Lebanon is Ill and in Need of Treatment

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi stated on Tuesday that the people are longing to “tear down the walls” that politics have erected between them.

He said before a consular delegation: “Lebanon is ill and need of treatment.”

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