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Berri Urges World to Help Lebanon Cope with Syrian Refugee Crisis

Speaker Nabih Berri on Monday called on the international community to help Lebanon cope with the Syrian refugee crisis.

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Hajj Hassan Holds Economic Talks in Damascus with Syrian PM

Industry Minister Hussein al-Hajj Hassan of Hizbullah held talks Monday in Damascus with Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis.

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Saudi Stresses 'Determination to Confront Hizbullah Terrorist Activities'

Saudi Arabia stressed Monday its determination to confront what it called “the terrorist activities of Lebanon's Hizbullah,” four days after it imposed sanctions on alleged Hizbullah members and financial backers.

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Moussawi: AMAL Can't be Replaced in Political Equation

Hizbullah's outspoken MP Nawwaf al-Moussawi stressed Monday that “no political force” can replace the AMAL Movement in the “national political equation.”

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Israel Has 'No Intention' to Start New War against Lebanon

Firebrand Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced Monday that Israel has “no intention” of starting a new war against Lebanon.

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Geagea: Aoun is Pragmatic, His Election as President 'Unpleasant' for Hizbullah

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea stressed on Monday that the arrival of MP Michel Aoun to the post of presidency is “not favorable” for Hizbullah, as he stressed that the General (Aoun) is pragmatic in politics and does not adopt the strategy of Hizbullah.

Replying to a question on whether his support for Aoun means that he has become a partner of Hizbullah, Geagea said in an interview to the Cairo-based CBC TV: “General Aoun is pragmatic. Before 2005 he was against the Syrian tutelage and against Hizbullah. He has played a major role in the issuance of the US law on the accountability of Syria and has went personally to the Congress where he testified against the tutelage authority at the time.

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Nasrallah Meets Aoun Who Expresses Gratitude for 'Facilitation' in Presidential File

Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah received Sunday presidential hopeful founder of the Free Patriotic Movement MP Michel Aoun, who thanked him for the “facilitation” offered by the party as for the presidential file, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.

The meeting was held in the presence of head of the FPM Minister of Foreign Affairs Jebran Bassil, Nasrallah's adviser Hajj Hussein Khalil and Hizbullah's top security official Wafiq Safa.

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FPM Leadership 'Pleased' with Nasrallah's Speech

Prominent sources in the Free Patriotic Movement expressed “delight” with the speech delivered by Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday where he reiterated support for the election of the FPM's founder MP Michel Aoun for the post of president, al-Akhbar daily reported on Monday.

“Nasrallah's talk is a big slap in the face for all those who doubted his support for Aoun, and anyone who tried to trigger a dispute between us and Hizbullah,” the FPM sources told the daily.

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Saniora: Mustaqbal MPs Rejecting Aoun's Nomination Dropping to Five

Head of al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc MP Fouad Saniora said that the number of bloc MPs rejecting the nomination of founder of the Free Patriotic Movement MP Michel Aoun for the post of president is dropping, al-Akhbar daily reported on Monday.

“We were counting on a larger number of opposition in the Mustaqbal bloc, but the number has dropped to five deputies,” unnamed sources quoted Saniora as saying.

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Report: Hariri Wasn't Summoned to Saudi Arabia, Gulf Delegates in Beirut to 'Bless' Aoun's Nomination

Al-Mustaqbal Movement chief Saad Hariri was not summoned to Saudi Arabia against the backdrop of nominating MP Michel Aoun for the presidency, but has headed to the Saudi capital to attend to the financial and administrative crises at his companies, al-Mustaqbal daily reported on Monday.

Sources close to the ex-PM told the daily that Saudi Arabia did not summon Hariri to inform him of “reservations as for his nomination of founder of the Free Patriotic Movement.”

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