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CMA CGM Denies Shipping Weapons to and from Iran

CMA CGM, the third largest shipping container company worldwide, denied on Monday recent media reports that it was involved in shipping weapons to and from Iran.

It said in a statement: “CMA CGM is responsible for the shipment of some 9 million containers around the world each year.”

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Lebanon Resorts to U.N. for Help as Lebanese Flee to Dakar from Ivory Coast Violence

Lebanon’s ambassador to the U.N. Nawaf Salam will ask Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to deploy more U.N. troops in cities in the Ivory Coast where most Lebanese are concentrated and help them overcome the difficult conditions in the violence-torn country.

Salam told Speaker Nabih Berri during a telephone conversation that he would meet with Ban on Monday.

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ISF Probes Roumieh Mutiny, Vows to Take ‘Disciplinary Measures’ Against Complicit Wardens

The Internal Security Forces leadership is investigating the involvement of wardens in the smuggling of drugs and mobile phones to inmates at Roumieh prison and would take “disciplinary measures” against them, ISF chief Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi said.

An Nahar newspaper said Monday a “scandal” erupted after several prisoners made phone calls to television stations from inside their cells during the two-day mutiny over the weekend.

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Hizbullah Mediates amid Pessimism Over Cabinet Formation after Denial of 3 Tens Deal

Hizbullah has advised Premier-designate Najib Miqati to “exercise more patience” and promised him to exert all efforts to help achieve common grounds over Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun’s demands of shares in the new cabinet, high-ranking political sources told An Nahar daily on Monday.

The sources also denied reports that Miqati had agreed to give 10 portfolios to Aoun’s Change and Reform bloc, another 10 to Hizbullah, Amal and some other March 8 parties and finally the last 10 ministers for President Michel Suleiman, the premier-designate and National Struggle Front leader MP Walid Jumblat.

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Berri: Sovereign Portfolios ‘Overrated’, Cabinet Lineup Delay Unjustified

Speaker Nabih Berri said that Premier-designate Najib Miqati is continuing his efforts to form the new government, in remarks to An-Nahar and As-Safir newspapers.

“There’s no excuse to delay the government formation,” Berri said, rejecting to talk about so-called sovereign portfolios and non-sovereign portfolios.

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Al-Qaida, Hizbullah in Brazil Reportedly Planning Attacks Abroad

Al-Qaida operatives and Hizbullah members are in Brazil planning attacks, raising money and recruiting followers, a leading Brazilian news magazine reported over the weekend.

Veja magazine said that at least 20 people affiliated with the al-Qaida terrorist network as well as Hizbullah and Hamas have been hiding out in the south American country.

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Report: Gates Approves Halt to Arms Delivery to Lebanon

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates approved a freeze on weapon shipments to the Lebanese army following the collapse of Caretaker Premier Saad Hariri’s government in January, said The Wall Street Journal on Monday.

The decision underlines growing concerns about Hizbullah's role after the party and its allies named Najib Miqati as premier-designate.

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Rifi Declares End of Roumieh Mutiny: State Approved LBP19bn for Creating Jails in North, South

Internal Security Forces chief Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi on Sunday announced the end of a two-day mutiny by inmates demanding an amnesty and better conditions in Lebanon's notorious main prison of Roumieh.

Rifi reassured "the Lebanese and the prisoners that the mutiny ended permanently and peacefully."

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Al-Rahi: We Hope God Will Aid and Empower Politicians in Forming Government

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi held talks on Sunday with Druze spiritual leader Sheikh Naim Hassan who congratulated him on his election as patriarch.

Al-Rahi voiced a hope after the meeting that “God will aid and empower politicians in Lebanon in forming the new government.”

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Miqati Informs Higher Islamic Council that he is Facing Obstacles in Government Formation

Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati informed on Saturday the Higher Islamic Council that he is facing obstacles in the government formation process, reported the daily An Nahar on Sunday.

He added that he had told it that “I have taken it upon myself to serve my country and its stability.”

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