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Jumblat: Jumping to Conclusions over Developments in Arab States May Harm Interests of Lebanese Residing There

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat stated on Monday that jumping to conclusions on the developments in the Arab world “may intentionally or unintentionally” harm the interests of thousands of Lebanese residing there.

He said in his weekly editorial in the PSP-affiliated al-Anbaa magazine: “A number of Arab countries harbor Lebanese and it is necessary to monitor their situation.”

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U.S. Group Calls on French Shipping Giant CMA CGM to End its Business in Iran

United against Nuclear Iran (UANI) called the CMA CGM Group (CMA CGM) to follow the lead of other responsible corporations and cease all business activities in or with Iran, reported Business Wire on March 10.

CMA CGM, a privately owned French company and the third largest shipping container company worldwide, is listed on UANI’s Iran Business Registry (IBR).

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Pro-Assad Syrian Laborers Rally in Beirut for 2nd Day

Some 300 Syrian laborers demonstrated in front of their country's embassy in Beirut on Monday to express their support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"We are with Assad and against any change," said protester Mohammed Hilal, 18, one of tens of thousands of laborers employed in Lebanon, mainly in the construction sector.

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Lebanese Embassy in Abidjan Threatened, Advises Expatriates to Exercise Caution

The Lebanese Embassy in Abidjan revealed on Monday that it received a threat by an individual claiming to be speaking on behalf of the “invisible commandos” warning foreign expatriates, especially the Lebanese one, against meddling in the Ivory Coast’s political affairs.

The embassy said in a statement that the letter was received by email, adding that the commandos announced that they were behind the kidnapping and murder of Lebanese citizen Ali Khalil Fawwz.

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Suspect Arrested on Charges of Collaborating with Israel

Security forces arrested on March 21 an individual suspected of collaborating with Israel, announced the ISF in a statement on Monday.

It revealed that the citizen had been collaborating with Israeli intelligence from 2006 until early 2011.

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UNIFIL Denies Friction with Houla Residents

UNIFIL spokesman Neeraj Singh denied media reports about a friction between a UNIFIL patrol and the residents of the southern town of Houla on March 26, the National News Agency reported Monday.

“The reports are untrue,” NNA quoted Singh as saying. “UNIFIL stresses that such a friction between any of its patrols and the Houla residents hasn’t taken place.”

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Suleiman Calls King Hamad, Asks Bahrain to Safeguard Interests of Lebanese

President Michel Suleiman has urged Bahrain to safeguard the interests of Lebanese expatriates in the Kingdom in line with strong Lebanese-Bahraini relations, a statement released by Baabda palace said.

Suleiman followed up on the situation of Lebanese in Bahrain during a phone conversation Sunday with Bahrain’s King Hamad.

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Estonian FM Says Lebanese Officials Keen on Finding Kidnapped Tourists

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said Monday that Lebanese officials informed him that Beirut authorities were making every effort to find seven Estonian tourists kidnapped in the Bekaa valley last week.

Paet met with President Michel Suleiman, Speaker Nabih Berri, Premier-designate Najib Miqati and Caretaker Interior Minister Ziad Baroud.

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Miqati to Unveil Cabinet Soon: We Can’t Ignore al-Rahi’s Stance from Baroud

Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati has reportedly said that he can’t ignore the latest stance of Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi who threw his support behind Caretaker Interior Minister Ziad Baroud.

Ad-Diyar daily on Monday quoted Miqati as saying that he “can’t ignore Patriarch al-Rahi’s stance about giving a portfolio to Baroud in the government.”

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Pro, Anti-Assad Demos in Lebanon: Clashes in Tariq Jedideh, Shooting in Nabaa

Around 200 Syrian expats rallied in front of the Syrian embassy in Beirut on Sunday, shouting slogans in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is facing unprecedented domestic pressure as protests and clashes erupt across Syria, Agence France Presse reported.

Demonstrators in front of the embassy in the Beirut area of Hamra held pictures of Assad, chanting "With our souls, with our blood, we will sacrifice for you, Bashar" as Lebanese security forces and army troops cordoned off the area and started checking IDs.

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