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Al-Rahi Returns from Rome: Officials Would Be Violating Constitution by Extending Parliament's Term

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi reiterated on Tuesday his rejection of the proposed extension of parliament's term, noting that it would violate the constitution and the will of the people.

He said upon his return from Rome: “I told Mustaqbal Movement leader MP Saad Hariri that he would be violating the constitution by seeking the extension.”

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Shepherd Dead in Explosion in Bekka's Adous Plain

A shepherd was killed on Tuesday in an explosion whose nature is still unclear in Bekaa's Adous plain.

According to the National News Agency, "a loud unidentified explosion was heard in Adous plain, which led to the death of Abdullah Niraz Arafat, who is a naturalized citizen."

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Change and Reform: We'll Resort to All Legal Measures to Reject Extension

The Change and Reform parliamentary bloc on Tuesday vowed to resort to “all legal measures” to reject the proposed extension of the parliament's term, stressing that the issue “will not be a walk in the park” for the proponents of such a move.

“We are with holding the presidential vote, but it must be preceded by a (constitutional) amendment that allows direct election by the people,” the bloc's secretary MP Ibrahim Kanaan announced after the weekly meeting in Rabieh.

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Employee Tells Rifi How She was Punched by Fattoush at Justice Palace

Justice Palace employee Manal Daou on Tuesday recounted to Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi the details of the assault she endured on Monday at the hands of former minister and incumbent MP Nicolas Fattoush.

The incident has stirred a storm on social networking websites, where activists and citizens vented their anger on Fattoush and expressed solidarity with Daou, especially that the MP was behind submitting a draft law to extend the parliament's term by 31 months, following the 17-month extension in 2013.

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Six Charged with Belonging to Terrorist Group

Six people were charged on Tuesday with belonging to an armed terrorist group aimed at carrying out attacks in Lebanon, reported the National News Agency.

It said that detainee Ibrahim Bohloq and five Syrian fugitives were charged by State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr.

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MPs Elect Parliament Bureau, Committee Members ahead of Expected Mandate Extension

Parliament's bureau members were reelected during a short session on Tuesday as a first implicit step towards a second extension of the legislature's term.

MPs also elected the heads, members and rapporteurs of 16 parliamentary committees in line with the internal system.

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Hizbullah Rejects Engaging in Spat with Mustaqbal despite Sharp Rift

Hizbullah is determined not to get involved in a verbal spat with al-Mustaqbal Movement, calling on the March 14 alliance to end its “adventures” and “have the honor to join the battle against takfiris.”

“The resistances today is fully ready and equipped today,” al-Joumhouria quoted sources close to Hizbullah as saying on Tuesday.

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U.S., French Delegations to Arrive in Lebanon to Discuss Latest Developments

Lebanon will witness in the upcoming days a diplomatic movement that will begin with a visit by Former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, who will meet senior Lebanese officials.

According to al-Joumhouria newspaper, Fillon will visit Lebanon for the second time in less than a year.

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Report: Deaths among Drivers of Bekaa Trucks at Syria-Jordan Border

Several drivers of refrigerated trucks transporting goods from Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley were killed and injured after they came under fire during battles between the Syrian army and rebels at the Syrian-Jordanian border.

The head of the Bekaa Farmers Gathering, Ibrahim Tarshishi, told Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) on Tuesday that there were deaths and injuries among the drivers of trucks at the Nasib crossing.

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Nasrallah Says Jihadists Incapable of Invading Bekaa

Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has stressed that jihadists located in Syria's Qalamun region and on the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal in Lebanon are not able to enter the Bekaa Valley.

“We are fully prepared” for such a scenario, Nasrallah was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

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