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Connelly Meets Aoun: EU Decision against Hizbullah Shows Party Cannot Act with Impunity

U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly hailed on Tuesday the European Union's decision to blacklist Hizbullah's military wing as a terrorist organization.

She said after holding talks with Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun: “The decision sends a strong message that the party cannot operate with impunity and there are consequences for its actions, such as the Burgas bombing and its terrorist plot in Cyprus.”

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Aoun to Form 'National Front' to Defend Constitution, Says Qahwaji Term Extension 'Illegitimate'

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun on Tuesday announced that he intends to form a “national front” to defend the constitution and prevent “the disintegration of the state,” describing the mechanism devised to extend the term of Army chief General Jean Qahwaji as “illegitimate.”

“We want to immunize the military institution against those who want to tamper with its hierarchy and are issuing edicts that are harming the military hierarchy and manipulating the law,” said Aoun after the weekly meeting of the Change and Reform parliamentary bloc.

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Al-Mustaqbal: Army Has Double Importance amid Current Circumstances

Al-Mustaqbal bloc lawmakers stressed on Tuesday on the significance of the army's role amid the current critical situation in Lebanon that is manifested in “Hizbullah's infringement of the state's prestige.”

“The army has a double importance in current circumstances, especially after the increased presence of outlaws,” the MPs said in a released statement after the bloc's weekly meeting at the Center House.

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Death Sentence Demanded for Jammo's Wife in his Murder

The death sentence was demanded on Tuesday against Syrian journalist Mohammed Darrar Jammo's wife in his murder, reported the National News Agency.

It said that General Prosecutor of the South Samih al-Hajj called for the death sentence against Siham Younis, her brother, and nephew.

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Airport Security Thwarts Attempt to Smuggle Qat to Lebanon

Customs agents at the Rafik Hariri International Airport thwarted on Tuesday an attempt to smuggle the narcotic leaf qat, reported the National News Agency.

It said that an Ethiopian woman was attempting to smuggle 6.6 kilograms of the substance in her luggage.

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UNIFIL Spokesman Says Lebanese Army to Take Over Eventually

UNIFIL Official Spokesman Andrea Tenenti stressed on Tuesday that the the Lebanese army will be handed over on the long term the complete supervision of southern Lebanon according to U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701.

Tenenti described cooperation and coordination between the U.N. peacekeeping force and the army as “excellent.”

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Report: Hizbullah Calls on Hariri to Return to Lebanon

Hizbullah had urged former Prime Minister Saad Hariri to return to Lebanon through diplomatic channels, al-Joumhouria newspaper reported on Tuesday.

According to the newspaper Hariri had received several calls to return to the country, not only from Speaker Nabih Berri, but from Hizbullah also.

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Obama Renews Sanctions on Assets Linked to Hizbullah

President Barack Obama renewed a “national emergency” which imposes a freeze on assets of people linked to Hizbullah, stressing that they still “undermine Lebanon's stability.”

Obama said in a message to Congress on Monday that the situation in Lebanon made it necessary for him to renew the measure, which expires on August 1.

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Lebanon to Appeal for Aid during International Conference on Syrian Refugees

The increasing burdens caused by the soaring number of Syrian refugees fleeing the conflict in their country to Lebanon prompted the Lebanese state to prepare for a conference in cooperation with the U.N. refugees agency that aims at helping the country to confront the crisis.

Caretaker Social Affairs Minister Wael Abou Faour said in comments published in As Safir newspaper on Tuesday that the conference seeks to differentiate between those who are refugees and those who are not.

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Salam: Some Parties Seeking to Keep Resigned Cabinet for Lack of Accountability

Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam has denied that certain parties were seeking to thwart his attempts to form the new government, saying the conditions set by them were only aimed at extending the mission of the resigned cabinet.

In remarks to As Safir newspaper published on Tuesday, Salam said he “had a feeling that no one was intentionally seeking to thwart” his mission.

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