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Report: Hariri, Nasrallah Gave Consent to Saudi-Syrian Proposal

Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah have accepted the Saudi-Syrian initiative in all its details, pan-Arab daily al-Hayat reported Tuesday.

The newspaper said that all sides involved in the agreement between Damascus and Riyadh to solve the Lebanese crisis, primarily Hariri and Nasrallah, were informed about the deal.

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U.N. Defends Tribunal, Says it is Working in Responsible Manner

The United Nations reiterated that it continues to support the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, saying the court is working in a "methodical and responsible manner."

"We believe that the tribunal is doing its work in a methodical and responsible manner, and we will support the decisions that they take as they proceed," Acting Deputy Spokesperson for the U.N. Secretary-General Farhan Haq said about Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei's remarks on the tribunal.

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U.S.: Khamenei Doesn't Have Authority Over Tribunal

The United States slammed Iranian Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei over his rejection of any ruling by the international tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Khamenei "does not have the authority over the tribunal. It was convened by the United Nations," said State Department spokesman Philip Crowley.

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Pietton Reiterates French Commitment to Equip Lebanese Army

French Ambassador Denis Pietton said Wednesday that he reiterated to Premier Saad Hariri French commitment to support and provide equipment to the Lebanese army.

After meeting with Premier Saad Hariri at the Grand Serail, Pietton said he delivered to the prime minister a letter from his French counterpart Francois Fillon in which he reiterated Paris' commitment to help the Lebanese military.

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March 14 Vows to Confront March 8 Insistence to Reject Legal Solutions to False Witnesses File

The March 14 general-secretariat defended on Wednesday Premier Saad Hariri's proposed solution to the controversial issue of false witnesses and said the March 8 forces' insistence to allegedly reject legal answers to the problem will be faced by stiff insistence to refuse blackmail.

"March 8 forces' insistence to reject all legal and constitutional solutions" to the false witnesses issue will be faced by March 14's "insistence to reject blackmail," the general-secretariat said following its weekly meeting.

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Justice Palace Evacuated after Bomb Threat

The Justice Palace in Baabda was evacuated on Wednesday after receiving a bomb threat.

Local media quoted security sources as saying an anonymous person called shortly after midday to inform there is a bomb planted in the Justice Palace in Baabda, 11 kilometers east of Beirut.

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281 Cadets Complete U.S.-Sponsored Law Enforcement Training

A group of 281 cadets completed on Wednesday the U.S.-funded Basic Cadet Police Training Course and joined the ranks of the Internal Security Forces (ISF), a U.S. Embassy press release reported.

It said the graduating police cadets completed a ten-week, "state-of-the-art" training program taught by American and Lebanese instructors, focusing on "the latest policing and law enforcement skills and the application of these skills to specific law-enforcement situations."

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Israeli Equipment Used in Hariri’s Protection and PM's Office Denies Report

Security agencies protecting Prime Minister Saad Hariri are using advanced Israeli equipment that detects hostile forces several kilometers away, Israel Radio reported Wednesday.

It quoted Israeli police as saying that the equipment functions in waves that are difficult to track and block.

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Ex-Iraqi MP: Tehran Ordered al-Maliki to Give Hizbullah Members Refuge in Iraq

Iraqi Premier-designate Nuri al-Maliki has received orders from Iran to give the Iraqi nationality to Hizbullah members and protect them against the indictment of the international tribunal, a former Iraqi lawmaker told the Saudi daily al-Watan.

Al-Maliki "received Iranian orders to give the Iraqi nationality to members of the Lebanese Hizbullah after formation of the new cabinet," the former MP said in remarks published on Wednesday.

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As Safir: Israel Could Invade Lebanon if Hizbullah Alters Balance of Power

Officials close to French President Nicolas Sarkozy are warning that Israel could invade Lebanon if Hizbullah alters the balance of power in Lebanon and targets the national unity cabinet, As Safir daily said.

An Arab diplomatic source in Paris also told As Safir that efforts to find a solution to the Lebanese crisis and contain the repercussions of the indictment that will be issued by the international tribunal would not succeed without Syria's interference.

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