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Report: Gates Approves Halt to Arms Delivery to Lebanon

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates approved a freeze on weapon shipments to the Lebanese army following the collapse of Caretaker Premier Saad Hariri’s government in January, said The Wall Street Journal on Monday.

The decision underlines growing concerns about Hizbullah's role after the party and its allies named Najib Miqati as premier-designate.

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Rifi Declares End of Roumieh Mutiny: State Approved LBP19bn for Creating Jails in North, South

Internal Security Forces chief Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi on Sunday announced the end of a two-day mutiny by inmates demanding an amnesty and better conditions in Lebanon's notorious main prison of Roumieh.

Rifi reassured "the Lebanese and the prisoners that the mutiny ended permanently and peacefully."

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Al-Rahi: We Hope God Will Aid and Empower Politicians in Forming Government

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi held talks on Sunday with Druze spiritual leader Sheikh Naim Hassan who congratulated him on his election as patriarch.

Al-Rahi voiced a hope after the meeting that “God will aid and empower politicians in Lebanon in forming the new government.”

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Miqati Informs Higher Islamic Council that he is Facing Obstacles in Government Formation

Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati informed on Saturday the Higher Islamic Council that he is facing obstacles in the government formation process, reported the daily An Nahar on Sunday.

He added that he had told it that “I have taken it upon myself to serve my country and its stability.”

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Relatives of Lebanese Stranded in Abidjan Rally at Foreign Ministry in Beirut

Relatives of Lebanese expatriates stranded in civil war-torn Ivory Coast staged a sit-in Sunday in front of Lebanon's foreign ministry in Beirut, demanding a solution to the humanitarian crisis.

A number of expats who had managed to return to Lebanon also took part in the sit-in.

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Roumieh Rebellion to be Settled Today … Rifi: We Will Interfere Should Riots Break Out

Internal Security Forces chief Ashraf Rifi revealed that no injuries were reported during Saturday’s protest at Roumieh prison, adding that no one was taken hostage by any of the protestors.

He told An Nahar in remarks published on Sunday: “The inmates have demands and we are working on fulfilling them if they are justified.”

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Berri: Policy We Adopted Has Helped Lebanese Avoid Ivory Coast Violence

Speaker Nabih Berri condemned criticism directed against the policy that was used in addressing Lebanese expatriates in the Ivory Coast given the dispute between President Laurent Gbagbo and incumbent President Alassane Outtara.

He told An Nahar in remarks published on Sunday: “Lebanon’s decision to stand by Gbagbo was right because tens of thousands of expatriates in Abidjan live in areas that he controls.”

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U.S. Embassy Employees Attacked by Stones in Sidon

A group of angry Lebanese youths on Saturday threw stones and bottles at a group from the U.S. embassy visiting the southern port city of Sidon, a security official said.

A spokesman for the U.S. mission confirmed there had been "an incident."

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Suleiman: We are Confident in Syria’s Ability to Overcome the Crisis

President Michel Suleiman hoped on Saturday for the return of stability to Syria and expressed his confidence in the Assad regime’s ability to overcome the crisis.

Suleiman made the remark during talks with the Secretary-General of the Lebanese-Syrian Higher Council, Nasri Khoury.

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Qabbani Meets al-Rahi, Suggests Holding Spiritual Summit in Bkirki

Grand Mufti Mohammad Rashid Qabbani said Saturday that he suggested to Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi to hold an Islamic-Christian summit in Bkirki.

Qabbani made his remark after visiting al-Rahi at the seat of the Maronite church to congratulate him on his new post.

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