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Court Rejects Ex-MP Eid's Preliminary Pleadings, Deeming them 'Unconvincing'

The Criminal Court of Appeals approved on Tuesday a Military Tribunal decision to reject the preliminary pleadings of Hiyam Eid, the lawyer of former MP and Arab Democratic Party leader Ali Eid, over her client's failure to abide by a summons for health reasons.

The Criminal Court of Appeals deemed the lawyer's pleadings as “unconvincing”.

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Rifi to Aoun: Ask Your Allies about Joseph Sader's Abduction

Former Internal Security Forces chief Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi on Tuesday hit back at Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun over the issue of the 2009 kidnap of Middle East Airlines employee Joseph Sader.

"Ask your allies and request the minutes of the human rights parliamentary committee's meeting that was held to discuss the kidnappings of Shebli al-Aysami and Sader,” Rifi tweeted.

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Raad Rejects Lebanese Subordination to Regional Powers: Suleiman Was Quick to Defend Saudi Arabia

Head of the Loyalty to the Resistance bloc MP Mohammed Raad stressed on Tuesday that Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has clear evidence that Saudi Arabia was behind the November 19 bombing near the Iranian embassy in Beirut.

He said after holding talks with former President Emile Lahoud that “President Michel Suleiman was quick in responding to Nasrallah” and defending Saudi Arabia.

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Kanaan Considers Amended Wages Decree Balanced, Fair

Change and Reform MP Ibrahim Kanaan said on Tuesday that the Finance and Budget Parliamentary Committee worked on three aspects to rectify the new wages scale decree, which was issued by the cabinet in March.

“We were able to rectify the cabinet's decree and allocated new revenues for the treasury,” Kanaan the head of the committee said in a press conference.

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Finance Ministry Distances Itself from EDL Warning on Rationing

The finance ministry denied on Tuesday that it failed to make allocations to state-owned Electricity du Liban, saying there was enough fuel oil for the firm to function and not to impose power cuts.

“We never delayed opening Lines of Credit … fuel and gas are available,” the ministry said in a statement.

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Miqati Joins World Leaders for Mandela Memorial

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati joined on Tuesday some 100 heads of state and other luminaries in South Africa to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, a global symbol of reconciliation.

Miqati's press office said the caretaker PM represented Lebanon at the memorial service for Mandela.

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Salam in Veiled Reference to Hizbullah: Victory Should be Used to Build the Nation

Premier-designate Tammam Salam has said the party that considers itself a victor should use the victory to build a nation along with its rivals rather than making dictates.

In an interview with pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat published on Tuesday, Salam said: “There is a party that considers itself a victor … but we all know … the country would never rise if a certain team vanquishes another.”

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Hollande Contacts Suleiman, Calls for Resumption of National Dialogue

French President Francois Hollande urged President Michel Suleiman to resume the all-party talks amid the lingering crises in Lebanon.

According to al-Joumhouria newspaper published on Tuesday, Hollande stressed during a telephone conversation with Suleiman on the importance of resuming the national dialogue in order to carry out the presidential elections.

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Report: Hizbullah Commander Killed in Lebanon not Syria

A high-ranking Hizbullah commander has died during training in a camp in Lebanon, security sources said, refuting claims he was killed in battle in Syria on Sunday.

The sources told An Nahar daily published on Tuesday that Ali Bazzi was mistakenly shot during a live fire training at one of Hizbullah's camps in Lebanon.

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Qabbani Says New HIC Elections Should be Held to Resolve Ongoing Dispute

Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani called on Tuesday on his foes to carry out new election for the Higher Islamic Council within three months to resolve the ongoing row.

“All sides should participate in the elections and accept the result,” Qabbani said in an interview with As Safir newspaper.

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