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Syria Ambassador Stresses Coordination with Lebanon on Refugees’ Return

Syrian ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul Karim Ali stressed on Thursday that coordination between Lebanon and Syria on the file of refugees falls in the interest of both countries.

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Report: New Govt. Solution Seeks to Appoint Karami, 'Compensate' for Hariri

Part of a suggestion to form a Cabinet of 32 ministers instead of 30, was to allocate a ministerial seat from President Michel Aoun’s share to Independent Sunni MP Faisal Karami, and to let Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri name the two extra ministers, the pan-Arab al-Hayat daily reported on Thursday.

A reliable source told the daily the proposal -aiming to ease the government formation gridlock-- calls for “naming Karami instead of the latter’s candidate Fadi al-Asayli, and that Hariri be given the right to name the two extra ministers (a Alawite and a Christian minority minister) in compensation for accepting the appointment of Karami,” he said.

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Lebanese Army Describes Israeli Reports on 'Border Tunnels' as 'Allegations'

The Lebanese Army has described as "allegations" Israel's announcement that Hizbullah has dug "attack tunnels" on Lebanon's border.

It called on Israel to present specific coordinates and information about the location of such tunnels.

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Israeli Spokesperson Addresses PM in Tweet about Hizbullah

Israeli army Arabic spokesperson Avichay Adraee said in remarks he addressed to Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri on Twitter that “Hizbullah is still lying to you and to the Lebanese.”

“You have said these things about (UN) Resolution 1701 long ago. We truly want to believe you, but the problem is that Hizbullah is still lying to you and to the Lebanese,” said Adraee.

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Alloush Says Jahliyeh Raid 'Coordinated' with Aoun

Al-Mustaqbal Movement official ex-MP Mustafa Alloush announced Wednesday that a controversial Internal Security Forces operation in the Chouf town of Jahliyeh had been “coordinated” with President Michel Aoun.

“The operation was coordinated with the President,” Alloush said in a video interview with the IMLebanon website.

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Hariri: Developments on Southern Border Must Not Lead to Escalation

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri announced Wednesday that Israel’s operation to destroy alleged Hizbullah tunnels on Lebanon’s border should not lead to “any escalation.”

“The developments on the southern border must not represent a reason for any escalation, and this is what Lebanon wants and is seeking with all the international and friendly sides concerned with this,” Hariri said in a statement.

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Wahhab Says 'Druze Hurdle' Back, Accuses Khawaja of 'Assassination' Bid

Ex-minister Wiam Wahhab on Wednesday announced that the so-called Druze obstacle “has returned,” nominating MP Talal Arslan for the “third Druze seat” and a “key ministerial portfolio.”

At a press conference, Wahhab linked his announcement to the Jahliyeh operation and to the support he received from Hizbullah, Arslan and other March 8 forces in the wake of the failed bid to arrest him.

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UNIFIL to Send Team to Israel to 'Ascertain Facts' on Border 'Tunnels'

The U.N. peacekeeping mission in south Lebanon said Wednesday that it will send a team to Israel to "ascertain facts" after Israel said it started an operation to destroy alleged Hizbullah tunnels on the Lebanese border.

Calling for full access to all locations along the border, the mission, known as UNIFIL, said its regular weekly meeting with the Lebanese and Israeli armies discussed Israel's "activities" searching for suspected tunnels.

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Opposition Chief Says Netanyahu Overplayed Lebanon Border Operation

Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday of over-dramatizing the army's discovery of alleged Hizbullah border tunnels for political gain.

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Aoun: Security, Judicial Agencies in Service of the Law

President Michel Aoun stressed Wednesday that a strong state cannot protect corruption as he emphasized that the security and judicial authorities are “in the service of the law.”

“The journey of combating corruption that started two years ago has achieved progress in many fields but this is not sufficient. It will continue vigorously despite the obstacles that are being put in its face and no one will manage to stop it,” Aoun told a delegation from the Friends of the Public School Association.

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