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Russia Sends Humanitarian Aid to Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

A Russian plane carrying humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees has headed to Beirut, Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry announced on Wednesday.

“An IL-76 aircraft has headed to the Lebanese capital,” Russia Today television quoted the ministry as saying.

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Soaid Lauds 'Victory of Coexistence' over Orthodox Gathering Proposal

March 14 general-secretariat coordinator Fares Soaid hailed on Wednesday the “victory of coexistence” on what he said were attempts to “tear the country apart.”

In a press conference he held following the weekly meeting of the general-secretariat, Soaid said: “This is a stage of victory for the March 14 alliance.”

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Aoun: Those who Rejected Orthodox Proposal Toppled Most Important Law for Christians

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun lamented on Wednesday the political parties' failure to approve the Orthodox Gathering electoral law during a parliament session.

He said: “Some of the parties that backed the proposal abandoned it therefore toppling the most important law for Christians.”

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Phalange Stays Out of Deal on Hybrid Vote Law, Parliamentary Session Postponed

The majority of March 14 alliance MPs and lawmaker Walid Jumblat's National Struggle Front reached on Wednesday an agreement on a hybrid electoral draft-law despite the rejection of the Phalange party.

During a press conference that several of the coalition's MPs held in parliament, LF MP George Adwan said: “We reached a deal on the hybrid law that (Speaker Nabih) Berri had previously proposed.”

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Charbel Expects Failure to Agree on New Vote Proposal, Says 1960 Law should be Amended

Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel reiterated on Wednesday that the solution to the electoral crisis lies in adopting the 1960 law with some amendments to improve the representation of Christians.

In remarks to al-Liwaa newspaper, Charbel said that the law, which considers the qada an electoral district and is based on the winner-takes-all system, is still valid.

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Nasrallah to Make Televised Speech on Resistance and Liberation Day

Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is scheduled to make a televised speech on Sunday 25 at 5:00 p.m.

Nasrallah is expected to tackle the latest local and regional developments.

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Roux Calls on Lebanon to Cooperate: Waiting for Fransen to Set Trial Date

Head of the international tribunal's defense office Francois Roux reiterated calls for the Lebanese authorities to swiftly respond to the defense office's requests that are approved by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon's Pre-Trial Judge, Daniel Fransen.

He considered in an interview with An Nahar newspaper that any delay in cooperation will have an impact on the trial.

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Berri Makes Last-Minute Hybrid Vote Law Proposal after Mustaqbal-LF Deal

Speaker Nabih Berri has proposed a hybrid electoral law in response to a last-minute deal between al-Mustaqbal bloc and the Lebanese Forces on a similar vote plan that sought to avert differences among the March 14 alliance's members.

Berri scrambled to hold a meeting of around 30 MPs from the March 8 coalition on Tuesday and late at night made his proposal after the announcement of a deal on a hybrid vote law between al-Mustaqbal and the LF.

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Miqati Refuses to Sign Orthodox Draft-Law If Approved by Parliament

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati stressed that he is considering his options if the parliament adopted the so-called Orthodox Gathering electoral draft-law, reiterating that he will not attend Wednesday's assembly session.

“I began consulting several law and constitution experts to study my options if it was adopted based on my commitment to the constitution and my jurisdictions,” Miqati said in comments published in As Safir newspaper on Wednesday.

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Attacks against Lebanese Alawites Deepen Fears

Lebanese members of the Syrian leader's Alawite sect fear their tiny community will be a casualty of the civil war raging in the neighboring country.

Already, Sunni Muslim extremists have stoned a school bus, vandalized stores and beaten or stabbed a number of men in a wave of attacks against Lebanese Alawites, stoking fears of even more violence should Syrian President Bashar Assad be removed from power.

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