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Chamoun Slams Aoun as Conspirator against Christians, Says Extending Parliament's Term 'Necessary Evil'

National Liberal Party leader MP Dory Chamoun rejected on Wednesday the extension of the parliament's term, accusing Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun of conspiring against Christians in Lebanon.

“Aoun is one of the conspirators against the Christians' existence in Lebanon and the orient as his actions harm the interests of Christians,” Chamoun said in comments published in the Kuwaiti al-Anbaa newspaper.

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Films Help Lebanese Come to Terms with Dark Past

Lebanon's civil war ended a quarter of a century ago but its filmmakers remain fixated on this dark period, seeing their movies as a kind of catharsis to help heal collective trauma.

The industry's focus contrasts sharply with a society that has yet to come to terms with its devastating past, where war has marked the last five generations -- and each community, be it Christian or Muslim, looks back through a different lens.

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Hizbullah Top Official, Three Fighters Die in Qalamoun Clashes

A high-ranking Hizbullah official was killed on Monday in the ongoing battles between the party's fighters and Syrian opposition militants in Syria's al-Qalamoun region, which is strategically located on the border with Lebanon.

The clashes also took the lives of three other Hizbullah fighters.

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Jumblat from Ain el-Tineh: I Did Not Discuss Presidential Vote with Berri, Nasrallah

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat blasted Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea and Free Patriotic Movement head MP Michel Aoun once again on Tuesday, denying that he discussed the presidential impasse with Speaker Nabih Berri or Hizbullah chief Sayyed Nassan Nasrallah.

"Let those among Christian figures who are holding onto their posts be reassured that we did not discuss the presidential vote with (Berri and) Sayyed Hassan,” Jumblat said after holding talks with the speaker in Ain el-Tineh, hitting out at Geagea and Aoun.

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Hamas Hopes for Hizbullah Assistance against Israel from S. Lebanon

Hamas has said it hopes Hizbullah will open a new front from southern Lebanon against Israel, which is currently embroiled in a deadly confrontation with the Palestinian movement in the besieged Gaza Strip.

“We hope the Lebanese front will be opened so that we can fight this entity (Israel) together,” said Moussa Abu Marzouq, deputy head of Hamas' political bureau.

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Syrian Jets Raid Arsal Plains, Four Wounded

Four Syrian nationals were wounded on Tuesday afternoon in Syrian raids on the Arsal plains in the Bekaa.

LBCI television said that four Syrians were wounded when Syria's jets raided the house of mayor Ali Melhem al-Hujairi in Arsal's Wadi Ajram region.

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Israeli Force Seizes Goat Flock in Shebaa, Shepherds Manage to Escape

An Israeli force on Tuesday seized a flock of goats from the southern border town of Shebaa, as two shepherds managed to escape a possible kidnapping attempt.

"An Israeli force seized a goat flock that belongs to shepherds Mohammed Khalil Nabaa and Khodr Hamdan from the Sadana mountain heights in Shebaa,” the state-run National News Agency reported.

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Rockets Hit Northeastern Towns, No Casualties

Four rockets hit on Tuesday the outskirts of the northeastern towns of al-Labweh and Meqraq, without causing casualties, the state-run National News Agency reported.

NNA said that the rockets struck the hills lying between the two Shiite towns.

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Mashnouq Says to Discuss with Moqbel, Rifi Implementation of Decision on Wanted Lists

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq said that he will hold talks with Defense Minister Samir Moqbel and Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi to implement a cabinet decision to abolish lists of wanted individuals.

In remarks to pan-Arab daily al-Hayat published on Tuesday, al-Mashnouq said his meeting with Moqbel, who is also the deputy PM, and Rifi will come after the Eid al-Fitr holidays, which end on Wednesday.

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Sheikh Qabalan Calls for Lessening Lebanon's Woes

The deputy head of the Higher Shiite Islamic Council, Sheikh Abdul Amir Qabalan, called on Tuesday for the support of the Palestinian people and for limiting Lebanon's woes.

In his Eid al-Fitr sermon, Qabalan said: “We should steer clear of strife.”

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