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Pakradouni: Worsening of False Witnesses Case will Lead to a Great Problem

Former head of the Phalange Party Karim Pakradouni noted Friday the indictment in the investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri will create a governmental crisis, which will not affect the security situation.

He added to NBN television that any worsening in the false witnesses case will lead to a great problem in Lebanon.

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Ahmadinejad Sends Message to U.S. Through Lebanon Visit

Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Lebanon this week sends a message to Washington that Tehran is a key player in the region and cannot be isolated, Lebanese newspapers said on Friday.

"The Americans are being told: 'If you isolate Iran, Iran will corner you in Lebanon and elsewhere'," said an editorial in the independent Arabic-language daily Al-Anwar.

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Mock Israeli Air Raids over South Lebanon

Israeli warplanes on Friday carried out intensive, mock air raids over south Lebanon.

The state-run National News Agency said Israeli jets staged mock air raids at medium attitude over Nabatiyeh, Iqlim al-Tuffah, Marjayoun, Khiam and Arqoub.

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Hariri, Ahmadinejad Discuss Tribunal

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has stressed during a meeting with Prime Minister Saad Hariri on the need for "speedy and direct dialogue between the Lebanese to avoid the effects of the indictment and the International Tribunal, which could be politicized," As-Safir newspaper said Friday.

It said Hariri replied, stressing that he supports dialogue "because it is the only way to address the problems."

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Jumblat: Hariri is Lebanon's Savior, Will Rename Him Should He Resigned

Druze leader Walid Jumblat said Lebanon cannot afford losing Prime Minister Saad Hariri and announced that he will rename him in the event he resigned.

Hariri should stay "in order to save this country," Jumblat told BBC radio.

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Ahmadinejad Vows to Wipe Out Israel, Receives Seized Israeli Rifle from Nasrallah before Leaving Lebanon

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ended a two-day visit to Lebanon by meeting with Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

The overnight meeting took place at the Iranian embassy in Beirut's Bir Hasan neighborhood.

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Ahmadinejad Given Hero's Welcome near Israeli Border

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived to a hero's welcome in southern Lebanon on Thursday as he attended a mass rally in Bint Jbeil, a Hizbullah border stronghold flattened in the 2006 war with Israel.

A frenzied crowd of thousands of men, women and children crammed into an outdoor stadium and on rooftops waving Iranian, Lebanese and Hizbullah flags and cheering the hardline president on stage as he again predicted the demise of the Jewish state.

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Roknabadi: Iran Standing By Lebanon, Exerting Utmost Efforts to Protect Lebanese Unity

Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi on Thursday stressed that his country was "exerting utmost efforts in order to preserve the unity of the Lebanese," adding that "the Special Tribunal for Lebanon is a Lebanese affair."

"Iran discusses with the Lebanese the key regional and global issues. As to the domestic issues and topics, we have already stated our position in that regard," added Roknabadi.

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Gemayel: Coup Attempt is Drawing Near and Our Confrontation Should be through Legitimacy

Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel noted Thursday that the "Lebanese system is at risk and we should resist all that may destabilize it."

"We should confront the plan to topple the system and components of the state with legitimacy through parliament and Cabinet," he said.

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Ahmadinejad Today Will Stand A Few Kilometers from his Arch-Foe Israel

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad comes the closest he has ever been to his arch-foe Israel on Thursday when he tours Lebanon's southern border region on the second day of a high-profile visit.

The hardline leader, who has questioned the Holocaust and described Israel as a "tumor," will stand some four kilometers (about two miles) from the Jewish state on the final leg of a controversial two-day visit to Lebanon that Washington has described as "provocative".

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