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2 Percussion Bombs Tossed near Free Lebanon Radio Adonis HQ

Two percussion bombs were thrown Tuesday from a speeding car near the HQ of Free Lebanon Radio in the Keserwan neighborhood of Adonis.

The state-run National News Agency said four unidentified individuals in a black SUV tossed the bombs a few meters away from the radio station’s building.

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Hariri Slams Nasrallah for ‘Harming’ Lebanon’s Ties with Arabs Through Iranian Policies

Caretaker Premier Saad Hariri has criticized Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah for claiming to be “the spiritual leader of revolutions in the Arab world.”

“Hizbullah’s leadership is seeking to make changes in the Arab world via the Iranian way and wants the Lebanese to agree on turning their country into an arena that exports revolutions,” Hariri told al-Mustaqbal and Beirut families that visited him at Center House on Monday night.

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Israel Kidnaps 2 Lebanese Shepherds

The Israeli army kidnapped two Lebanese shepherds in the southern town of Rmeish near the border between the two countries, UNIFIL spokesman Niraj Singh said Tuesday.

He said the Israeli army informed U.N. peacekeepers that they arrested the shepherds at 10:15 am after they allegedly crossed the U.N.-drawn Blue Line.

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Beirut Justice Palace Evacuated After Hoax Bomb Threat

Several halls at Beirut’s Justice Palace were evacuated on Tuesday after a bomb threat which turned out to be a hoax, the state-run National News Agency reported.

It said a man made an anonymous phone call saying a bomb was planted in one of the halls. However, a bomb disposal squad did not find any explosives after a thorough search.

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Aridi Says Aoun-Jumblat Meeting Doesn’t Mean Cabinet Will be Formed

Caretaker Minister Ghazi Aridi confirmed on Tuesday that the meeting between National Struggle Front leader Walid Jumblat and Free Patriotic Movement chief Michel Aoun was a continuation to previous talks held between the two parties.

Jumblat’s meeting with Aoun “doesn’t necessarily mean that the cabinet will be formed,” Aridi told Voice of Mada radio station.

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WikiLeaks: Feltman Said Destroying ‘Maronistan’ Passageways Would Deal a Blow to Embassy

Former U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman reportedly asked Washington to pressure Israel into keeping the Greater Beirut Area intact during the 2006 war with Hizbullah.

In a WikiLeaks cable published by al-Akhbar newspaper on Tuesday, Feltman said destroying bridges that link Beirut with the Christian heartland which he described as “Maronistan” would isolate Christian towns from each other.

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WikiLeaks: Geagea Said Disarming Hizbullah Key to Toppling Lahoud

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea has reportedly called for making promises on the Shebaa farms and stressed that disarming Hizbullah was the key to toppling former President Emile Lahoud.

In a WikiLeaks cable published by al-Akhbar daily, Geagea said during a meeting with U.S. diplomats on August 12, 2006 that “Speaker Nabih Berri who is still controlled” by Hizbullah will not be able to support a move to topple Lahoud.

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Agreement to Speed up Cabinet Formation, But Lack of Consensus Over Shares

Premier-designate Najib Miqati has said contacts on the formation of the government are making progress and stressed all problems could be solved.

In remarks to As Safir newspaper published Tuesday, Miqati said: “The channels of contact are open in all directions and are making progress.”

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Berri Urges Fast Cabinet Formation, Denies Accusations Against Syria

Speaker Nabih Berri stressed on the importance of speeding up the formation of the Lebanese cabinet, denying that Syria rejected efforts to form the new government.

In his remarks to As Safir daily published on Tuesday, Berri said that accusations about the lack of a Syrian green light on the cabinet are not true.

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Jumblat Says he Sought to Unify March 8 Vision During Talks with Aoun

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat has stressed that there were no regional obstacles to the formation of the cabinet, saying his meeting with Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun on Monday night came as part of the need to unify the vision of the March 8 camp.

“The meeting was excellent,” Jumblat said in remarks published by An Nahar daily on Tuesday. “It comes as part of necessary steps to unify the vision within the single team.”

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