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PSP: Jumblat is Aware of Dangers on Internal Scene, Politicians Must Make Concessions

Progressive Socialist Party media official Rami Rayyes stated on Friday that party leader MP Walid Jumblat is “completely aware of the dangers on the internal scene” in Lebanon and that political forces have no choice but to return to dialogue.

He told the Central News Agency that the political forces in Lebanon must present some concessions towards resolving the country’s political crisis “in hope of reaching an agreement that appeases all sides regarding the false witnesses.”

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Herman von Hebel Appointed Registrar of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has appointed Herman von Hebel to the post of Registrar of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Von Hebel, is a Dutch national with decades of experience in international law at three tribunals including the STL, as well as for the Government of the Netherlands.

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Fadlallah: Indictment’s Real Purpose is to Tarnish Resistance’s Image

Loyalty to the Resistance MP Hasan Fadlallah stated on Friday that the indictment’s real purpose is to “tarnish the Resistance’s image”.

“They want to damage its image after they realized that the Islamic resistance in Lebanon has become all the hope for all the Arabs and Muslims in the world,” he said.

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Harb Proposes Solution to Break Impasse, Revive Constitutional Institutions

Labor Minister Butros Harb on Friday suggested the Syrian judiciary to refer the file of a lawsuit filed by Maj. Gen. Jamil Sayyed against Lebanese politicians and other figures to the Lebanese judiciary to prosecute them if they were found guilty.

After the release of the indictment by the Lebanese judge, the file would be referred to cabinet to have the final say, Harb said.

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Fayez Karam Confessed to Providing Israel with Aoun-Hizbullah Meetings

Free Patriotic Movement official Fayez Karam has reportedly confessed to meeting with Israeli officials in Paris and to providing Israel with Aoun-Hizbullah meetings.

While pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat cited well-informed sources as saying that Karam maintained contact with Israeli officers via telephone after his return to Lebanon, Asharq al-Awsat said the retired army general had been providing Israel with outcome of Aoun's meetings with Hizbullah.

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Alloush: Tendency toward Cutting Down Threats, Wait for Indictment

Mustaqbal Movement official Mustafa Alloush on Friday said there is a tendency toward "cutting down threats" and wait for indictments to be issued by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

"There is a tendency to cut down threats that prevailed over the past several months and wait for issuance of the indictment," Alloush told the Voice of Lebanon radio station.

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2 Molotov Bombs in Dekwaneh, Borj Hammoud

Unknown assailants tossed two Molotov bombs early Friday in Dekwaneh and Borj Hammoud, inflicting material damage.

Local media said the first bomb targeted a shoe factory in Dekwaneh, shattering the show window.

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Syria-Saudi Agreement on Lebanon Waits for Signal from King Abdullah

A Syrian-Saudi initiative aimed at finding a solution to the Lebanese crisis waits for a signal from Saudi King Abdullah, As-Safir newspaper reported Friday.

It cited a source who followed up on a visit to Paris by Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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Najjar: Solution to False Witnesses is to Allow Ordinary Judicial Authority to Deal with Issue

Justice Minister Ibrahim Najjar on Friday said the solution to false witnesses is to allow the ordinary Lebanese judicial authority to deal with the issue.

"Had the judicial power launch an investigation we would have achieved a major breakthrough by now," Najjar told the Voice of Lebanon radio station.

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Russia's Sultanov to Beirut to Meet Lebanese, Hizbullah Officials

Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Alexander Sultanov is to visit Lebanon on Saturday for political talks with Lebanese officials, Ad-Diyar newspaper reported.

It quoted a source at the Russian embassy as saying that Sultanov will meet with President Michel Suleiman, Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

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