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Army Intelligence to Be Tasked with Naim Abbas Investigations after his Recent Confessions

General Prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud announced that he has tasked State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr to send him a copy of the testimony made by Palestinian detainee Naim Abbas, reported the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat on Sunday.

Hammoud told the daily that he had ordered the Army Intelligence to carry out preliminary investigations with Abbas over his recent testimony on the assassination of General Francois al-Hajj and plans to assassinate Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblat.

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Report: Aoun Sends Envoy to Iran over Presidential Nomination

Head of the Change and Reform bloc MP Michel Aoun has sent an envoy to Iran “for discussions,” reported the Kuwaiti daily al-Anba on Sunday.

It revealed that his media advisor Jean Aziz has been sent to Tehran for this mission.

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Report: Berri Had Sought to Guarantee Quorum at Monday's Presidential Polls

Hizbullah announced over the weekend its boycott of Monday's presidential elections session in a step that has gone against the wishes of Speaker Nabih Berri, reported the Kuwaiti daily al-Anba on Sunday.

Sources from the speaker told the daily that he “had sought to ensure the necessary quorum for Monday's meeting, but he was not lucky.”

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Moqbel Stresses Need for Advances to Supply Army Weapons

Defense Minister Samir Moqbel stressed on Saturday the need to take out a loan in order to support the Lebanese army, noting that the military cannot be asked to fight terrorism with a shortage in ammunition.

“I understand the fiscal deficit that the State is having. But it is necessary to open credits to back the army,” said Moqbel after a meeting he held with PM Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail.

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Nasrallah Expected to Give Speech Two Days After Commemoration Anniversary of Hariri

Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah will likely make a televised appearance which reports predicted will take place on February 16, two days after the commemoration of the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

“Nasrallah will make a televised appearance soon to mark Hizbullah's Martyrs Day,” said the daily.

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Hizbullah Official Says Party Will Boycott Next Parliament Session

Hizbullah official Hussein Khalil said on Saturday that the party's lawmakers will only attend the parliament session aimed at electing a president next week if an agreement is reached to elect its candidate the founder of the Free Patriotic Movement MP Michel Aoun for the post.

“When an agreement is reached on the election of Gen. Aoun as president, then we will be the first to arrive at the parliament to elect him,” said Khalil after a meeting with Aoun.

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Report: Lebanese Army Ready to Counter Threats against Arsal

Military sources slammed media reports claiming that the situation in the northeastern border town of Arsal is deteriorating and assured that the situation is fully under control, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

“The army is closely watching the security situation inside the town of Arsal and its outskirts. It is carrying out preemptive operations to counter sources of danger,” the source told the daily on condition of anonymity.

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Reports: Hizbullah Commander Killed in Aleppo Shiite Town

A Hizbullah field commander has been killed in clashes in a flashpoint Shiite town in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, media reports said on Friday.

“The commander Haidar Fariz Merhi and the fighter Hussein Hassan Jawad, who both hail from the western Bekaa town of Mashghara, were killed fighting in the Nubol and Zahraa area north of Aleppo,” Al-Arabiya television reported.

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Security Forces Free Kuwaiti after Weeks of Abduction

The Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau released on Friday a Kuwaiti national, who was abducted in the eastern Bekaa region in January, announced the bureau in a statement.

It said that the security forces carried out a security operation in the town of Taanayel in the Bekaa to free Mohsen Barrak al-Majed, who was abducted from his Qab Elias farm on January 17.

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Consultative Gathering Refuses Stipulations in Return for International Assistance on Refugees

The Consultative Gathering bloc urged Lebanon's lawmakers to attend the parliament's session next week aimed at ending the vacuum at presidential post, and reiterated rejection to conditions set during the donors conference on Syria that Lebanon opens its labor market for the refugees in return for assistance.

“The Consultative Gathering calls on all MPs to take part in the February 8 session,which is going to be different from all its predecessors after the disclosure of the vast majority of MPs about their electoral inclinations which should facilitate the presidential election process,” said the statement recited by information Minister Ramzi Jreij.

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