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Hizbullah, Mustaqbal Discuss Security, Cabinet, Call for Continuing Dialogue

Hizbullah and al-Mustaqbal movement on Tuesday discussed the latest security developments in Lebanon and the region and called for continuing dialogue to address all issues.

The conferees “discussed the security developments and the work of the cabinet,” said a joint statement issued by the two parties after their 12th dialogue session in Ain al-Tineh.

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Mustaqbal Slams Nasrallah's Arsal Remarks, Warns against Constitutional 'Heresies'

Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc cautioned Tuesday that Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's latest remarks on the town of Arsal would only fuel “sectarianism,” as it reiterated its keenness on the Taef Accord and warned against any constitutional “heresies.”

“Nasrallah called for implicating the Lebanese state and army in a conflict that would only lead to further drowning in the quicksands of the region,” the bloc warned in a statement issued after its weekly meeting.

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Aoun: How is it Treason when we Ask the People to Choose their President?

Head of the Free Patriotic Movement MP Michel Aoun defended on Tuesday his initiative that is aimed at ending the country's presidential deadlock, while renewing his attack against Defense Minister Samir Moqbel over security appointments.

Aoun said: “We are returning power to the people. How is it treason when we ask the people to choose their president?”

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Gemayel Fears Repercussions of Lingering Vacuum

Outgoing Kataeb Party chief Amin Gemayel lashed out Tuesday at those who are obstructing the election of a new president, expressing concern over the yearlong vacuum at the Baabda Palace.

“There are several initiatives but we are only concerned with heading to the parliament and electing a new president as the country can no longer endure” the lingering circumstances, Gemayel told reporters after meeting with Speaker Nabih Berri at his residence in Ain el-Tineh.

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More Joint Security Force Members Deploy in Ain el-Hilweh

Members of the Palestinian joint security force deployed on Tuesday in two areas in the southern refugee camp Ain el-Hilweh after removing the obstacles hindering their presence there, the state-run National News Agency reported.

A 30-member force deployed at the checkpoint near the entrance of al-Taware neighborhood, it said.

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Aoun's Bloc Continues Tour on Rivals to Garner Consensus on Initiative

The Change and Reform bloc called Tuesday for real partnership between the Lebanese factions on the second day of its tour on Lebanese parties to discuss Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun's initiative to end the presidential standoff.

MP Emile Rahme, who is loyal to Aoun, said after talks with Speaker Nabih Berri's Development and Liberation bloc at the parliament that the meeting was “fruitful.”

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Nasrallah, Velayati Discuss Ways to Confront Latest Developments

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has discussed with the adviser of Iran's supreme leader the latest security and political developments, Hizbullah announced on Tuesday.

Nasrallah likely met on Monday with Ali Akbar Velayati, who was in Beirut on a one-day official visit.

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Man Shoots Dead his Wife in Front of Kids

A Lebanese man shot his wife dead in front of their children at their residence in Dohat Aramoun, the state-run National News Agency reported on Tuesday.

NNA said Ali Z. killed Sara as their children were witnessing a dispute between them.

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Mexico's FM Looks Forward for Cooperation with Lebanon on Syria Refugees

Mexican Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade, who is on an official visit to Beirut, said he is looking forward for a wider cooperation with Lebanon to help it confront the burden of Syrian refugees.

“Part of our dialogue with Lebanon should take into consideration Lebanon's burden in assisting the refugees,” Meade told An Nahar daily in an interview published on Tuesday.

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Christians Skeptic on Aoun's Initiative to End Presidential Stalemate

The seat of the Maronite church in Bkirki and the Kataeb Party reportedly expressed reservations on the Change and Reform bloc's initiative to resolve the presidential deadlock.

Sources said in comments published in al-Liwaa newspaper Tuesday that Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi and the Kataeb Party were mainly skeptic over the vague mechanism that the initiative is based on.

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