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The Loyalty to the Resistance bloc noted on Wednesday that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon latest report on the implementation of resolution 1559 was "blatantly biased towards the Zionist enemy and its violations of international resolutions."
It accused in a statement after its weekly meeting headed by MP Mohammed Raad the United States of supporting division among the Lebanese "under the pretense of international justice."Full Story
French ambassador Denis Pietton on Wednesday reiterated his country's support for Lebanon's stability and for the International Tribunal.
His remarks came during a meeting with Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the Grand Serail.Full Story
The March 14 General Secretariat called on Wednesday Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun to lift bank secrecy off his accounts and those of his family.
It noted in a statement after its weekly meeting "Aoun's obvious confusion during Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Lebanon and his attempts today to ease this confusion through coming up with illusory battles under the pretext of reform."Full Story
Justice Minister Ibrahim Najjar stressed on Wednesday that the false witnesses file will never be transferred to the justice council because it is not within its jurisdiction.
He told the Saudi Okaz newspaper that the file cannot hinder the Special Tribunal for Lebanon regardless of the tensions in Lebanon.Full Story
Hizbullah on Wednesday criticized U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon, saying his report on Resolution 1559 was meddling in the political affairs of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
Ban's report "written by staff member of the Zionist entity, Terje Roed-Larsen, is interference in Lebanese internal affairs and political interference in the affairs of the International Tribunal," said a statement issued by Hizbullah.Full Story
Tourism Minister Fadi Abboud stressed on Wednesday the need to hold the false witnesses accountable for their actions, calling for seriously tackling the issue.
He told Future News however that solutions for problems in Lebanon are not devised locally, adding that regional powers have "become embroiled in the Lebanese swamp."Full Story
The U.S. embassy on Wednesday denied a report that said U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman visited Syria after a sudden trip to Lebanon.
An-Nahar newspaper on Wednesday said Feltman stopped in Syria on his way to Morocco and met with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem.Full Story
Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on Wednesday arrived in Damascus for talks with President Bashar Assad and other Syrian officials.
He was accompanied his political aide, MP Ali Hasan Khalil.Full Story
Naharnet Special Report:
Special Tribunal for Lebanon action has begun. Key developments in the past few hours suggested that field and technical preparations are underway for the launch of Court work which is expected after issuance of the indictment in the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri.Full Story
Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Hizbullah have restored contact in a bid to preserve peace.
Local media on Wednesday said Hariri met Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's political advisor Hussein Khalil at Center House.Full Story