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Six Years on, Hariri Legacy Falters

Six years after Rafik Hariri's assassination galvanized Lebanon, sparking mass protests seen in Beirut as a model for Egypt's uprising, his legacy is faltering in a country torn by a U.N. probe of the murder.

The camp of outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri, son of the slain five-time premier, has since "suffered a number of setbacks," said Asaad AbuKhalil, professor at California State University and author of a political blog.

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Cassese Denies He's Pushing for Bellemare's Resignation

The President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Antonio Cassese, denied in a statement a report alleging that he tried to convince permanent members of the U.N. Security Council of the necessity of Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare's resignation.

He said in a statement that he "categorically denies these allegations and regards this report as part of a campaign to create artificial divisions within the Tribunal."

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Karami Attacks Miqati: Centrism is Wishy-Washy, Gets No High Regard

Former Premier Omar Karami on Friday lashed out at Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati and ridiculed him for being a centrist.

"Centrism has no color or taste," Karami told Miqati in an interview with Al-Jadid television channel.

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Celebratory Gunshots after Mubarak's Ouster, Hizbullah Hails Resignation 'Historic Victory'

Celebratory gunfire rang out in Lebanon as the world cheered the exit of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Hizbullah, meanwhile, congratulated Egyptians on their "historic victory" following Mubarak's decision to step down, as car horns blared and fireworks went off in Beirut.

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Syria Hopes Miqati Would Involve Pro-Syrian Lebanese Parties in New Government

A source from the March 8 camp revealed on Friday that Syria is trying to revitalize the pro-Syrian Lebanese parties' roles in the new Lebanese government.

It told the Central News Agency that the Syrian leadership hoped that Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati would appoint MP Ali Qanso as a minister representing the Syrian Social National Party, MP Qassem Hashem as a minister from the Baath party, and Osama Saad as a minister from the Nasserite organization.

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Bassil Signs Fuel Price List without Raising Costs

Caretaker Energy Minister Jebran Bassil on Friday signed the fuel price list without raising the cost of gasoline to consumers.

A statement issued by the Energy Ministry said Bassil kept gasoline prices of all grades the same.

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Lacroix Celebrates Allure of The Orient

The Orient has long held a fascination for westerners, conjuring up exotic images from historic lands where few travelers ventured before the advent of trains and steamboats.

As a child in the 1950s French couturier Christian Lacroix recalls the inscription on a monument in the port of Marseilles, "Gateway to the East" was enough to fire his imagination and later inspire his designs.

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Salameh: Lebanese Canadian Bank Abides by Laws, International Standards

Central Bank governor Riad Salameh said Friday “the Lebanese Canadian Bank abides by Lebanese laws and international standards,” a day after the Treasury Department accused it of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in drug profits for a cocaine smuggling organization with ties to Hizbullah.

The bank “receives the absolute support of the Central Bank,” Salameh said.

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Israel Issues Alert as Mughniyeh’s Murder Anniversary Approaches

Israel’s Counter Terrorism Bureau issued a warning to Israeli travelers on Friday ahead of the anniversaries of the assassination of Hizbullah officials Imad Mughniyeh and Abbas al-Moussawi.

The bureau cautioned the public of the increased threat of terror attacks against Israelis abroad, saying they should avoid traveling to Egypt, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Ivory Coast, Mauritania and Venezuela.

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Fillon: New Cabinet Should Respect Tribunal

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon reiterated that Lebanon should respect international resolutions and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

“We had fully supported the national unity cabinet headed by Saad Hariri,” Fillon told pan-Arab daily al-Hayat in an interview published Friday.

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