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Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry Denies U.S. Magazine Report

Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday slammed as “unfounded” allegations published in the American Foreign Policy magazine claiming that Hassan Hijazi, the Lebanese charge d’affairs in Asunción, Paraguay is attempting to block the extradition of an alleged Hizbullah financier to the United States, the Ministry said in a statement.

“An article published in the FP magazine, in which the charge d’affairs in the Embassy of Lebanon in Paraguay, Hassan Hijazi, is accused of obstructing the return of a citizen to the United States on charges of drug trafficking and laundering of funds for Hizbullah is inaccurate," the Ministry said in the statement.

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Rahi Says Bickering between Political Parties Must Stop

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi called upon Lebanese officials to maintain national unity and to stop “destructive” political bickering, the National News Agency reported on Sunday.

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Report: Bids to Calm PSP-FPM Rhetoric

Several efforts have reportedly been made to suppress a new political row between Lebanon’s political parties, this time between the Progressive Socialist Party and the Free Patriotic Movement, reports said Sunday.

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Report: Hizbullah ‘Exploiting’ Beirut Airport to ‘Smuggle Iranians’

According to reports, Hizbullah is allegedly “using Beirut’s airport to facilitate the smuggling of weapons and fighters in favor of Iran,” the Washington Times said.

The daily said Hizbullah is “corrupting” the Rafik Hariri International Airport and has allowed the “Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps to take the airport as a base for Iranian regime operations, which consists of transporting weapons and fighters to locations and countries serving the Revolutionary Guards’ strategy for regional intervention.”

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2 Dead, Many Hurt in Baalbek Town Family Clash

Two people were killed and several others wounded Saturday in an armed clash between members of the Shouman family in the Baalbek district town of Sarine.

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Aoun Reportedly Rejects Giving LF 'Sovereign Portfolio', Deputy PM Post

President Michel Aoun has rejected granting the Lebanese Forces a so-called sovereign ministerial portfolio or the deputy premier post in the new government, a media report said.

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Jreissati: Jumblat Attack on President Term after Return from KSA Suspicious

Caretaker Justice Minister Salim Jreissati on Friday described as “suspicious” the timing of Druze leader Walid Jumblat's criticism of President Michel Aoun's tenure.

“Your attack on the president's term immediately after your return from the kingdom (of Saudi Arabia) is suspicious,” Jreissati said, addressing Jumblat.

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Berri Says Talk of Imminent Govt. Formation 'Totally Inaccurate'

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri has dismissed reports claiming that the new government will be formed soon as “inaccurate.”

“All the talk and rumors about an imminent government formation are totally inaccurate,” Berri's visitors quoted him as saying in remarks published Friday by al-Anwar daily.

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Mufti Slams FPM over Citizenship Decree, Attacks on U.N.

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Daryan on Friday blasted the Free Patriotic Movement, without naming it, over its calls for returning Syrian refugees to their country and a controversial decree granting citizenship to dozens of Arabs and foreigners.

Syrian refugees “were forced, through bombardment and several years of siege, to leave the homeland in which they lived for hundreds of years. They are facing the threat of being prevented from returning and the threat of continued shelling and killing,” Daryan said in his Eid al-Fitr sermon.

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Jumblat Says Aoun's Tenure a 'Failure', FPM Hits Back

Several Free Patriotic Movement ministers and MPs responded fiercely Friday after Druze leader Walid Jumblat said the tenure of President Michel Aoun has been a "failure."

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