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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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Geagea Heads to Saudi for 'Talks with Top Officials'

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea traveled to Saudi Arabia on Monday evening on an “official visit.”

“The chief of the LF party left this evening for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia via Beirut's airport, on an official visit during which he will meet with top Saudi officials,” Geagea's press office said in a statement.

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Moqbel Tours Iran's Military Factories as Tehran Says Grant 'Ready'

Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan on Monday said Tehran has a “duty” to supply Lebanon with weapons, noting that Iran's proposed military grant has become “ready” to be sent to Lebanon once it receives the approval of the government in Beirut.

“Iran has the will to confront the takfiri, Zionist and seditious movements in the region,” Dehqan said during a second round of talks with his Lebanese counterpart Samir Moqbel, who began a three-day visit to Iran on Saturday.

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Kataeb Urges Officials to Carry out 'Most Basic National Duties' to Save Lebanon

The Kataeb Party urged on Monday officials to exercise their national duties in order to end the political deadlock in the country that has affected various sectors of the country.

It said in a statement after its weekly politburo meeting: “Officials need to carry out their simplest national, constitutional, and political duties to extract Lebanon and its institutions from the political quagmire they have been suffering from for years.”

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Another Soldier Announces Defection to al-Nusra Front

The Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front released Monday a video in which Lebanese soldier Omar Khaled Shamtiyeh announces his defection from the army.

Shamtiyeh accused the military of being “subordinate to” Hizbullah and of “killing the Sunni youths” in the North without any valid justification.

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Jumblat Calls for Resolving Naameh Landfill Issue, Ending Residents Suffering

Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblat on Monday called for the closure of the Naameh garbage landfill, pointing out that its residents have been enduring environmental hazards and this issue is "no longer acceptable."

He threatened to "expose" facts in case the government did not end this problem.

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