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Opposition Meets Monday to Take United Stance ahead of Crucial Cabinet Meeting

The Hizbullah-led Opposition will hold a coordination meeting Monday evening to take a united stance on this week's Cabinet meeting, the daily An-Nahar.

As-Safir, for its part, said the Opposition meeting -- to be attended by the political advisors of Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Speaker Nabih Berri -- will discuss the options available to deal with Wednesday's Cabinet session.

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False Witnesses' Issue to be Discussed in Cabinet, But No Agreement, Report

Cabinet will meet on Wednesday to discuss the thorny false witnesses' issue, but no agreement is expected to be reached, the daily As-Safir reported Monday.

It said President Michel Suleiman was exerting efforts to reconcile differences between the two political camps over this issue.

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Gebran Tueni Remembered: God Will Judge All Men

Tueni's family and the family of An-Nahar newspaper held a memorial on Sunday to mark the fifth anniversary of the assassination of MP and journalist Gebran Tueni at St. Georges Cathedral in downtown Beirut.

"Gebran Tueni never bartered his principles or sold his conscious," Orthodox Archbishop of Beirut Elias Aude said during his sermon.

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Fatima Issawi Quits STL

Fatima al-Issawi on Sunday announced her resignation from the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, citing "professional reasons."

"I announce my resignation as a spokesperson for the STL for professional reasons," Issawi said in a statement delivered to the state-run National News Agency.

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Qassem: Hizbullah Comfortable as Accusation, Indictment Do Not Concern Us

Deputy Hizbullah leader Sheikh Naim Qassem on Sunday said the Special Tribunal for Lebanon was "dedicated to eliminate Hizbullah," but added that nevertheless, "Hizbullah is comfortable with itself."

"Lebanon today is facing a conspiracy launched by the Special Tribunal," he said.

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Sunni Officials Accuse Army of Serving as Cover for Hizbullah

Sunni leaders from opposite ends of Lebanon's political spectrum on Sunday urged supporters to stand firm against the Shiite group Hizbullah, at a time of high tension between the two Muslim communities.

An MP loyal to Prime Minister Saad Hariri and a radical Salafist leader jointly accused the army of serving as cover for Hizbullah, urging a gathering of 1,500 to reject an alleged military crackdown on their community.

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Storm Rages in Lebanon for a Second Day Causing Severe Damage throughout the Country

For the second day, Lebanon is still at the mercy of the strong storm that has resulted in major damage throughout the country, destroying property and crops and turning roads into swamps.

The security forces and civil defense teams have remained on high alert to attend to any emergency.

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Zahra: We Refuse the Mentality of Setting Deadlines, No One Can Change Lebanon on His Own

Lebanese Forces MP Antoine Zahra stated on Sunday that the party supports a settlement that maintains Lebanon’s stability and which does not take place at the expense of the martyrs.

He also rejected the mentality of setting deadlines and statements alleging that Lebanon will be altered after the indictment in the Special Tribunal for Lebanon is released by saying: “No one is capable of changing anything on their own.”

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Saqr: Hizbullah's Deadline is Aimed at Intimidation, It's a Message to Those Sponsoring Settlement

Lebanon First MP Oqab Saqr called on the Hizbullah leadership to immediately retract MP Mohammad Raad's recent statements in which he set a deadline for the Saudi-Syrian initiative to yield its results.

Saqr told the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat Sunday that such statements "harm the ongoing Lebanese settlement aimed at protecting Lebanon's security."

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Raad Denies he Had Placed a 3-4-Day Deadline to End Crisis

The head of the Loyalty to the Resistance bloc MP Mohammad Raad denied on Sunday media reports that had quoted him as saying that he had given a three or four-day deadline for the Saudi-Syrian initiative to yield results.

He said in a statement that the reports were “inaccurate”.

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