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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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Rifi Commenting on Karam's Indictment: I Knew Aoun Would Not Win the Battle

Police chief Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi commented on the indictment issued against retired Army Brig. Gen. Fayez Karam, accusing him of spying for Israel.

"I was confident that head of the Change and Reform bloc Gen. Michel Aoun, who launched a malicious campaign against security officers … would not win this battle," Rifi said in remarks published Friday by Ad-Diyar newspaper.

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Aoun: Abnormal Situation We're in Cannot Remain Like This

Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun said the "abnormal situation we are in cannot remain like this."

His remarks came in an interview with OTV.

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Will Hizbullah Wage War on Israel to Avoid Civil Strife in Lebanon?: Haaretz

If the Special Tribunal for Lebanon indicts several Hizbullah members, the Shiite group could use an escalation against Israel to divert the political storm, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz wrote.

It said it is not clear in which direction Lebanon is heading: Is it a country on the verge of collapse? Is it heading toward a civil war? A war against Israel? Or is it just facing another political crisis that too will pass?

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Barak: Tribunal is Lebanese-International Issue and Israel Doesn’t Interfere

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has said the Special Tribunal for Lebanon was a Lebanese and international issue, adding the Jewish state would not interfere in any crisis resulting from it.

“We are monitoring the developments taking place over the international tribunal,” Barak said in New York on Thursday. “It is not Israel’s business to interfere in this conflict and what could result from it.”

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Cabinet Meeting Hits Dead End as March 8 Adamant to Have False Witnesses File at Top of Agenda

Efforts exerted by Premier Saad Hariri to achieve consensus over a cabinet session were torpedoed by the March 8 forces’ insistence to put the issue of false witnesses at the top of the agenda.

March 8 sources told An Nahar the coalition insisted that making false witnesses the number one item on the cabinet agenda was an unconditional demand.

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