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Hariri’s Circles Refuse to Respond to Jumblat: We Have Ties of Mutual Loyalty with his Supporters

Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s sources refused to respond to the positions issued by Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat on Thursday when he described as “silly” Hariri’s demands in return for abandoning the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

They told the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat in remarks published on Saturday that Hariri “will not forget Jumblat and his supporters’ stand after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005.”

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Miqati Assures of His Ties with Saudi: The Government is Ready

Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati announced that the new government is ready, but he is still pursuing negotiations because he does not want to cause a dispute with anyone, reported Al-Akhbar Saturday.

He added: “The reasons that drove me to run for the premiership are the same ones that are driving me to continue in my mission.”

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Berri Questions Slowness of Cabinet Formation: After Discovery of Oil, Isn’t Energy Ministry as Important as Defense?

House Speaker Nabih Berri noted on Friday that the March 14 camp’s announcement of its refusal to take part in Cabinet will facilitate and speed up Prime Minister Najib Miqati’s efforts to form the government, reported the daily An Nahar on Saturday.

Furthermore, he questioned before his visitors on Friday the slowness in the government formation process seeing as the names of potential ministers all belong to one camp.

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March 14 Becomes Opposition on Sunday: We Don’t See Anything New in Miqati’s Positions

The 60 March 14 coalition MPs are preparing to hold a meeting at the Bristol Hotel on Sunday at 6:00 pm where they are expected to announce the camp’s final position on the participation in Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati’s government.

The daily An Nahar reported on Saturday that the MPs’ statement will confirm the camp’s refusal to participate in Miqati’s government “because he failed to grant it guarantees it had requested, as well as the blocking minority.”

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Head of Syndicate of Gas Station Owners: Gasoline Will Be Provided to All Stations Starting Saturday

The head of the Syndicate of Gas Station Owners Sami Brax announced on Friday that gasoline will be provided to all stations starting on Saturday.

He made the announcement after holding talks with Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

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Miqati from Tripoil: We all Want the Truth and Justice, Weapons Must be Directed towards Enemy, Not Domestic Scene

Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati stressed on Friday that he is seeking to form a government that would rise up to the expectations of all the Lebanese.

He said during a popular gathering in the northern city of Tripoli: "We ask for forgiveness over the delay in the Cabinet formation because we want to establish a government that works for the whole of Lebanon."

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Judge Bert Swart of STL Dies

It is with great sadness that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon announces the death of Judge Bert Swart, the presiding judge of the Trial Chamber, said the STL in a press release. Judge Swart was involved with the work of the STL from its inception, playing a critical role in the Tribunal’s legal framework.

The death of Judge Swart is a considerable loss both to the STL and to the international legal community. He will be remembered for his wise and thoughtful contributions to international criminal justice as an academic and as a judge. His wisdom, experience, and dedication will be missed by his colleagues.

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Libya Revolt May Clear Moussa al-Sadr Mystery

Lebanon's Shiites are hoping that the revolt in Libya may shed light on the fate of their revered spiritual leader Moussa al-Sadr, whose 1978 disappearance soured relations between the two countries.

"We have long been waiting for Moammer Gadhafi the tyrant to fall or be killed in the hope of knowing what happened to our Imam," said Hussein Maana, 51, a resident of the southern Lebanese village of Maaraka, the hometown of Sadr's family.

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Pope Meets Sfeir at the Vatican

Pope Benedict XVI held talks with Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir at the Vatican on Friday, a day after meeting with President Michel Suleiman.

The pope and Sfeir discussed the political situation in Lebanon and the region and the condition of Christians in the Middle East.

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Lebanese Dentist Arrested on Suspicion of Spying for Israel

The Internal Security Forces have arrested a dentist in the Marjayoun town of Mais al-Jabal on suspicion of collaborating with Israel.

Media reports said 55-year-old Farouq Shouqeir was taken into custody on Thursday after the ISF received tips about his alleged collaboration.

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