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ISF Arrests Lebanon’s Most Wanted Individual at Baroud’s Orders

Security forces succeeded on Thursday in arresting Abbas Abu Munthir Tleis, Lebanon’s most wanted individual in a raid in the Brital region in the Bekaa.

Internal Security Forces chief Ashraf Rifi stated that the raid took place at Caretaker Interior Minister Ziad Baroud’s orders.

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Israel: Barak and Gantz’s Visit to North Attempt to Calm Border Situation

Israel’s Channel 1 reported on Thursday that Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Chief of Staff Benny Gantz’s recent visit to the Lebanese-Israeli border was part of efforts to calm the situation on Israel’s northern border.

It said: “Such a visit by the minister and chief of staff less than 24 hours from his appointment to his position is supposed to deliver a very clear and strong message to Hizbullah that we are here and don’t tamper with our nerves.”

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Suleiman Responds to Barak: Entering Lebanon No Longer Walk in the Park

President Michel Suleiman condemned on Thursday Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s recent threat against Lebanon, saying that it was a violation of international law and U.N. Security Council resolution 1701.

The president said that the threat was aimed at lifting the Israeli army and the new Israeli chief of staff’s morale “because he knows full well that entering Lebanon is no loner a walk in the park as demonstrated by the July 2006 war.”

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France Committed to Stability along Blue Line and Respecting Resolution 1701

French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero stressed on Wednesday his country’s commitment to stability and the ceasefire along the Blue Line.

Commenting on Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s recent threats against Lebanon, he said: “France is committed to stability and respecting U.N. Security Council resolution 1701 that calls for a ceasefire between Lebanon and Israel.”

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Shammas Says Companies Won’t Receive Fuel Tomorrow, Brax Warns of Black Market

Energy Minister Jebran Bassil refrained on Wednesday from signing the weekly fuel price list “in an attempt to lower the prices of fuel.”

Meanwhile, fuel importing companies were unable to designate the weekly price and halt the losses that they are incurring as a result of the stabilization of the prices.

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Washington Monitoring Banks that Hizbullah 'is Hiding behind'

An American official stressed that slain former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri had “long protected Lebanon’s bank sector from attempts to impose sanctions on it.”

He told the Kuwaiti al-Rai newspaper in remarks published on Thursday that Hariri used to justify his position by informing the Americans that “Lebanon’s stability depends on its bank sector that survived the long years of the Lebanese civil war.”

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Miqati Continues Consultations with All Parties and Prepares 2 Draft Cabinet Line-ups

Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati is reportedly preparing two draft cabinet line-ups – one includes March 14 ministers along with the Hizbullah-led alliance and the other is only made up of March 8 figures.

Miqati visited President Michel Suleiman on Tuesday night and informed him about his consultations with the different parties on the formation of the cabinet.

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WikiLeaks: U.S. Suspects Hizbullah Presence in Chile

Leaked U.S. embassy cables carry U.S. suspicions that Hizbullah raised funds and maintained contacts among Chile's small community of Islamic fundamentalists.

An unclassified embassy cable dated February 27, 2006, and released Tuesday by WikiLeaks, said a "radical fundamentalist presence" was centered in the northern city of Iquique, and to a lesser degree in Santiago.

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Netanyahu Hits Back at Nasrallah, Says Hizbullah Can't Conquer Galilee

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hizbullah on Wednesday against any attack, after the group's leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah threatened to take over the Galilee in northern Israel.

"Nasrallah declared today that he will conquer the Galilee," said Netanyahu. "I have news for him. He won't."

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Aoun: I'm Against Giving Suleiman Portfolios as He's Not a Centrist Anymore

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun on Wednesday stressed that should the rival March 14 camp decide to join Najib Miqati's cabinet, it must "act differently" regarding the controversial issues that felled Saad Hariri's government.

In an interview on his movement's mouthpiece OTV, Aoun went on to say: "Should the other camp agree on our plan for solving the controversial issues, we will give them the 'blocking-third'" veto power in cabinet.

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