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Antelias ‘Bomb’ Links Case to International Terrorism Laws

The blast that rocked the town of Antelias was most likely caused by a bomb and not a hand grenade, reported the daily An Nahar on Saturday.

Investigations revealed that the bomb was composed of explosives and metal balls, it added.

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Hizbullah: Linking Party’s Name to Any Security Incident Aimed at Tarnishing its Image

Hizbullah condemned on Friday attempts by some Lebanese and Arab media outlets to drag the party’s name in any security development that takes place in Lebanon, the last of which was Thursday’s Antelias blast.

The party accused in a statement these outlets of “seeking to tarnish its image before its Arab and Lebanese public.”

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March 14: Charges Filed against Suspects in Antelias Blast Contradicts Govt. Account on Matter

March 14: Charges Filed against Suspects in Antelias Blast Contradicts Govt. Statement on Matter

The March 14 General Secretariat condemned on Friday the government’s handling of various explosions that have taken place in Lebanon, most notably Thursday’s Antelias bombing and the Rouweis blast that took place a few weeks ago, accusing it of hiding the facts from the public.

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Qassem: March 14 Camp’s Demands Exactly Like Israel’s

Hizbullah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem stated on Thursday that the Resistance does not have any enemies on the internal scene in Lebanon.

He said during a Ramadan iftar: “Our only enemy is Israel and we don’t have enemies in Lebanon, except sides that we differ with politically.”

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Hamadeh Says Arms Not Targeted against Enemy

MP and Former Minister Marwan Hamadeh expressed relief after his meeting with a delegation from the Special Tribunal for Lebanon on Thursday.

Hamadeh, who escaped an assassination attempt in 2004, told al-Joumhouria newspaper on Friday that “it was a day full of conflicting emotions.”

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Miqati and Bassil Bicker at Cabinet over Electricity File

Prime Minister Najib Miqati and Energy Minister Jebran Bassil quarreled over the electricity file during a cabinet session that was held at the Baabda Palace on Thursday, forcing President Michel Suleiman to intervene to end the dispute.

Earlier this week, parliament failed to approve an electricity draft law proposed by FPM leader MP Michel Aoun that allows Bassil to receive $1,200,000,000 to implement a project on producing 700 Megawatts of electricity.

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European Diplomats Warn of Possible Israeli War on Lebanon Next Month

European diplomatic sources did not rule out an Israeli aggression on Lebanon in September warning the Jewish state could target state institutions, including Lebanese army barracks.

The sources told An Nahar daily published Friday that the new Israeli war would not only target Hizbullah arms depots and officials but also hit the water and electricity sectors and army positions.

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Al-Jisr Denies Saying Hariri Met Jumblat in Turkey

Al-Mustaqbal bloc MP Samir al-Jisr on Friday denied telling al-Joumhouria daily that former premier Saad Hariri and Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat had held talks in Turkey last weekend.

In the remarks attributed to him by the newspaper, al-Jisr allegedly wondered why people would be surprised if two high ranking officials met. "Al-Mustaqbal movement has kept a thin thread with Jumblat," the daily quoted him as saying.

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Aoun ‘Not in Mood’ to Sit at Same Table with Critics and Thieves

Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun informed Baabda palace that he rejected to attend the presidential Iftar on Thursday because he refuses to sit at the same table with “some thieves and public money squanderers,” As Safir daily reported.

Aoun also told the FPM’s OTV station that he didn’t attend the Iftar in Baabda because his “mood” does not allow him to sit with officials that criticized his proposal of a draft-law that would allow the energy ministry to raise a $1.2 billion fund to build plants to produce 700 megawatts of electricity.

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Syrian Activist: Regime Smuggling Money to Lebanon, Iran

A Syrian activist stressed the Syrian regime launched a wide money transfer operation to Lebanon and Iran since the beginning of the anti-regime protests in March, the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on Friday.

“The amount of money that was smuggled by (Syrian President Bashar) Assad and the Syrian regime as of the beginning of the popular uprising against him, reached more than $23 billion,” Secretary of the Syrian Conference for Change in Antalya Mohammed Karkouti told the daily.

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