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Report: Mashnouq Launches Slogan for Parliamentary Polls

Although the latest US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has cast a shadow internationally and at home, Lebanon's government started restoring its normal activities paving way for a Cabinet meeting on Thursday as the interior ministry launched a slogan for the country's May elections, An Nahar daily reported Tuesday.

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Hariri Slams 'Backstabbers', Promises to Reveal Details Soon

Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Monday hit out at “political parties” that allegedly tried to “stab him in the back” during the latest political crisis that followed his surprise resignation announcement from Riyadh.

“We are here today to tell everyone that this movement, Rafik Hariri's movement, the Blue movement, which many have tried to eliminate, remains and continues because it is the movement of truth and justice, because it puts the interest of the country above all other secondary interests. We have no personal interest and no family interest, our only interest is Lebanon,” said Hariri during a meeting at the Center House with a delegation from al-Mustaqbal Movement and Beiruti families.

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Geagea Urges Hizbullah to Emulate Moqtada al-Sadr

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Monday called on Hizbullah, without naming it, to emulate influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr, the leader of a militia that fought against U.S. forces in Iraq and later against the Islamic State group.

“I wish those we have in Lebanon would emulate Sayyed Moqtada al-Sadr, who ordered the disbanding of (the) Saraya al-Salam (militia) once the war on IS ended,” Geagea tweeted, in an apparent reference to Hizbullah.

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Tens of Thousands Rally in Dahieh in Support of Palestinians

Tens of thousands of people have turned out for a Hizbullah rally in Beirut's southern suburbs that was called to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The rally on Monday, one of several large demonstrations recently held across the Middle East to protest the move, was called by Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

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Nasrallah Says 'Axis of Resistance' to Focus on Palestine, Urges '3rd Intifada'

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah announced Monday that the “axis of resistance” in the region will once again focus its attention on the Palestinian cause, as he urged Palestinians to launch a “third intifada” against Israel.

“I'm not speaking on behalf of Hizbullah but on behalf of the entire axis of resistance. The countries of the axis of resistance are emerging victorious, strong and firm from the crisis of the past years, despite the wounds and the pains. This axis is defeating all the takfiri tools and today the axis of resistance will once again make Jerusalem and Palestine its top priority,” said Nasrallah in a televised speech during a mass Hizbullah rally condemning U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Aoun Says Trump's Decision Violates UN Resolutions

President Michel Aoun said on Monday that US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital violates the entire UN resolutions.

“Trump's decision on Jerusalem is a big mistake that violates resolutions of the UN Security Council and the General Assembly,” Aoun's media office quoted the president as saying on twitter.

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ESC Votes for New Head, Hariri Hails Move as Govt Achievement

Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Monday that elections of the Economic and Social Council of Lebanon, revived in October after 15 years of suspension, constitute a new achievement for the government.

“The government has placed the reactivation of its institutions at the top of priorities. Electing Charles Arbid as chairperson of the council is an additional government achievement,” said Hariri.

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South Korean Special Envoy Arrives in Beirut

A special envoy to South Korea's new president Moon Jae-in arrived in Beirut on Monday for talks with Lebanese officials, the National News Agency reported on Monday.

The envoy was greeted at the Beirut airport by South Korean Ambassador to Lebanon Young Man Lee and a number of embassy staff and Lebanese Foreign Ministry representative Ziad Riachi, added NNA.

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Reports: Khazali's Visit an 'Iranian Message'

Iran planned to deliver a message to world powers through a controversial visit paid by an Iran-backed Iraqi militant to Lebanon's border purporting the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as “grasping control" in the region, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.

An unnamed opposition source told the daily that Qais al-Khazali's visit to south Lebanon “is an Iranian message to decision-making circles around the world purporting that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard controls political, security and military decisions in the region.”

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Gemayel, Kanaan, Nicola Slam Riots that Marred Awkar Protest

Northern Metn MPs Sami Gemayel, Ibrahim Kanaan and Nabil Nicola on Sunday denounced the riots that marred a demo protesting Washington’s decision on Jerusalem near the U.S. embassy in Awkar.

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