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‘It’s Either White or Black,’ Hizbullah and FPM Tell Miqati About STL Clause

The bickering between Premier Najib Miqati and the Hizbullah-led March 8 coalition that left the country in a political vacuum for months until the government was formed on June 13 is now threatening to delay the adoption of the policy statement.

Al-Liwaa daily said Tuesday that the representatives of Hizbullah and the Free Patriotic Movement in the 12-member committee drafting the policy statement informed Miqati that they don’t accept a blurred clause on the controversial international tribunal.

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Geagea Says Syria, Hizbullah Main Constituents in Cabinet

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said that the main elements in the new cabinet are Syria and Hizbullah, stressing that President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister Najib Miqati have nothing to do with “this team.”

“They asked us to give this government a grace period and wait for the policy statement to be issued… but has anyone seen a cinchona tree turn into an apple tree?” Geagea wondered during the annual dinner of Free Lebanon radio on Monday.

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U.S. Expands Human Trafficking Blacklist to Include Lebanon

The Obama administration has placed the Lebanese government on a blacklist for not fully complying with the minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking and not making significant efforts to do so.

In its annual Trafficking in Persons report, the State Department identified 23 nations as failing to meet minimum international standards to curb the scourge, which claims mainly women and children as victims. That's up from 13 in 2010.

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U.S. Lawmaker Kucinich on 'Fact-finding' Visit to Lebanon, Syria

A U.S. lawmaker strongly opposed to U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan and the Libyan conflict is on a "fact-finding" visit to Lebanon and Syria, his office said Monday.

Democratic Representative Dennis Kucinich held talks Monday in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported.

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Mirza, Qortbawi Deny Judiciary Received Hizbullah Spy Ring File

Both Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi and State Prosecutor Saeed Mirza on Monday denied that the Lebanese Judiciary had received the file of the so-called spy ring that infiltrated Hizbullah from the party.

Meanwhile, State Minister for Administrative Development Mohammed Fneish, a Hizbullah minister in the new cabinet, said his party would hand over the file of the discovered spies to the judicial authorities after it finishes its own probe into the case.

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STL: Judicial Procedures Not Bound by Timeframes, Mirza: I Haven’t Received Any Document

Future News television on Monday quoted the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon as saying that “judicial procedures are not bound by timeframes and only these procedures can define what to be published and when.”

Meanwhile, Lebanon’s State Prosecutor Saeed Mirza, who paid a sudden visit to the Grand Serail on Monday, denied to Future News that he had received any document from the STL. “There is no decisive information on the release date of the indictment,” Mirza told the TV network.

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Phalange Holds Govt. Responsible for Consequences of Failing to Abide by Int'l Commitments

The Phalange Party stressed on Monday the importance of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in putting an end to assassinations in Lebanon, saying that it is not aimed at seeking revenge.

It said in a statement after its weekly meeting: “The STL seeks to achieve justice and stability in Lebanon.”

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New Israeli Psychological War: Phone Calls Promising Rewards in Exchange for Recruiting Spies

Israel has adopted a new form of psychological warfare on Lebanon through telephoning a number of southern residents on their mobile phones and informing them that they have won a financial reward from a Saudi bank.

Israeli security sources added that the residents are then asked to call a number, 4382094678, to receive their reward.

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Mofaz Hopes Sunnis Would Rule Syria and End Alliance with Hizbullah

Shaul Mofaz, head of Israel’s parliamentary Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, on Monday hoped the Sunni majority in Syria would take power, ending the domination of President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite minority, an outcome he said might bring an end to Syria's alliance with Shiite Hizbullah and Iran.

"The Sunnis are more moderate and this is good for Israel as it opens a possibility of future peace talks and preserving the quiet," Mofaz said in an interview with Agence France Presse.

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Israel Increases Surveillance near Maroun al-Ras

An Israeli bulldozer fortified on Monday an Israeli surveillance position adjacent to the southern town of Maroun al-Ras where a monument for Palestinians killed on May 15 was erected, reported the National News Agency.

The Israeli activity was accompanied by overflights by its fighter jets over the regions of Marjeyoun and Nabatieh.

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