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Mustaqbal Voices Support for Gaza, Iraq Christians, Warns of Bid to 'Blow Up Tripoli'

Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc on Tuesday announced that it will organize a sit-in Wednesday to denounce the Israeli assault on Gaza which has killed more than 600 people until the moment, as it warned of “an attempt to blow up the situations in Tripoli.”

Condemning the Israeli “enemy's hostility, barbarism and brutal attacks, which were also committed in the past against Gaza, Lebanon and unarmed innocents in several Palestinian regions,” the bloc hailed “the endurance of the Palestinian people and the valor of the Palestinian resistance's heroic fighters.”

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Lebanese Accused of Killing Irish U.N. Troops in 1980 Held in U.S.

U.S. federal agents have arrested a Lebanese man who the Irish government says is a suspect in the abduction, torture and killing of two Irish soldiers serving as United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon 34 years ago.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested Mahmoud Bazzi on Tuesday at his home in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn. The agency arrested Bazzi for "administrative immigration violations" not directly in connection with the killings in Lebanon, spokeswoman Gillian Christensen told The Associated Press last week.

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Aoun Hits Back at Hariri, Says Parliamentary Vote Must Precede Presidential

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun stressed Tuesday that parliamentary polls must precede the stalled presidential vote, noting that “scaring” people of the electoral law proposed by the Orthodox Gathering reflects “unjustified concerns.”

“Some parties are trying to disregard national pacts in the presidential elections. Some parties are bargaining over the presidential seat but we don't care who gets elected, as our battle is aimed at reforming the laws of presidential and parliamentary elections, which would prevent any president from being subordinate to foreign powers,” Aoun told reporters after the weekly meeting of the Change and Reform bloc in Rabieh.

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Khalil Says 'No Law, No Salaries' as Salam Visits Berri

Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil on Tuesday reiterated his call for issuing legislation aimed at paying the salaries of public employees, warning that civil servants will be deprived of their wages if no such law is passed.

“Any increase in expenditure requires legislation and the issue will be raised in cabinet,” Khalil said after meeting Speaker Nabih Berri in Ain al-Tineh.

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Outgoing UNIFIL Commander Pays Farewell Visits to Lebanese Officials

Outgoing United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon Commander Major General Paolo Serra met with several Lebanese officials on Tuesday on a farewell visit, accompanied by his successor Major-General Luciano Portolano.

Serra said at the end of his tour on senior officials that he wanted to “thank them for their unflinching support.”

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Several Members of HIC Led by Qabbani Resign Ending Crisis

Several members of the Higher Islamic Council led by Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani resigned on Tuesday thus ending a three-year war that sought the division of the highest Sunni authority in Lebanon.

Fifteen members had so far submitted their resignations thus suspending the works of the HIC headed by Qabbani.

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Two Syrians Freed for Ransom, Kidnappers Still Hold a Third

Two Syrian nationals who were kidnapped in Baalbek Monday were freed on Tuesday for a $20,000 ransom, the state-run National News Agency stated.

Khalil Ibrahim al-Ali and his brother Abdel Karim and Zaydan Salman al-Hamad, all Syrians, were kidnapped Monday night in al-Hillanyieh on the Baalbek road in the Bekaa region.

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Rocket Launched from Shebaa, Lands in Lebanese Territories

A rocket was launched at dawn from the outskirts of Shabaa town and landed in Lebanon's territory, the National News Agency reported on Tuesday.

Unknown assailants in the outskirts of Shebaa fired a rocket at 2:00 am that landed in southern Lebanon.

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Report: Nasrallah-Meshaal Contacts Will Help Rebuild Islamic Resistance against Israel

The Israeli campaign against the Gaza Strip will play a major role in “reorganizing” the power of the resistance in Lebanon, the Palestinian territories, and the region, reported As Safir newspaper on Tuesday.

This was reflected in the telephone call between Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal on Monday, added the daily.

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Saniora Begins Tour on March 14 Alliance to Discuss Hariri's Roadmap

Head of al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc MP Fouad Saniora kicked off a tour on March 14 leaders to tackle the roadmap proposed by al-Mustaqbal chief ex-Premier Saad Hariri.

Local newspapers published on Tuesday reported that Saniora and head of the ex-PM's office Nader Hariri began their tour with Kataeb Party leader Amin Gemayel during a meeting held in Bikfaya on Sunday evening.

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