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Fugitives Ali and Rifaat Eid Attend Slain Relative's Funeral

Residents of the Syrian side of the border town of Hikr al-Daheri held a funeral Tuesday for Bader Eid -- a brother of Arab Democratic Party leader Ali Eid – who was shot dead Monday in the Akkar town of al-Kuweikhat.

TV footage showed Ali Eid and his son Rifaat -- both wanted by Lebanese authorities on terror offenses -- participating in the funeral procession.

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Netanyahu Slams Hizbullah, Compares Mughniyeh to Bin Laden in 'Spilling American Blood'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not forget to blast Hizbullah during his anti-Iran speech before the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, describing the Lebanese party and Tehran as a real threat to Israel's survival.

“For those who believe that Iran threatens the Jewish state, but not the Jewish people, listen to (Sayyed) Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hizbullah, Iran's chief terrorist proxy. He said: If all the Jews gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of chasing them down around the world,” Netanyahu said.

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Change and Reform Says Debate on New Cabinet Mechanism 'Unnecessary'

The Change and Reform parliamentary bloc reiterated Tuesday its rejection of any attempt to change the mechanism through which the cabinet is taking decisions in the absence of a president, noting that the objection of one minister -- or even a political component -- should not paralyze the work of the council of ministers.

“The cabinet cannot continue its work normally in the absence of a president,” Education Minister Elias Bou Saab said after the bloc's weekly meeting in Rabieh.

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Kataeb: Complete Internal Stability Can't Be Achieved without a President

The Kataeb Party renewed on Tuesday its demand for the election of a new president, saying that a new head of state will restore normalcy to state institutions.

It said in a statement after its weekly politburo meeting: “Complete internal stability cannot be achieved without a president, who safeguards the national pact and constitution.”

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French Jihadist Expert Denied Entry to Lebanon

Authorities have denied a French expert on jihadists entry to Lebanon and accused him of links to extremist groups, diplomatic and security sources said Tuesday.

Romain Caillet, a researcher with the French Institute for the Near East, is a specialist on jihadist movements including the Islamic State group and had been based in Lebanon for five years.

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Baby Dies after Being Refused Admission to Akkar Hospital

A baby died on Tuesday after she was refused admission to a hospital in the northern region of Akkar, reported al-Jadeed television.

Her father said that six-month-old Inaam Rabih Eid was refused entry to Akkar – Rahal Hospital because her family did not have enough money for her treatment.

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Abou Faour Bans ZEIN Products and those Manufactured at LAVENDER SARL

Health Minister Wael Abou Faour announced on Tuesday that he will order the withdrawal of all products manufactured at LAVENDER SARL factory and all merchandises carrying the slogan ZEIN, LBCI reported.

Abou Faour said that the LAVENDER products do not meet the health and environmental standards, and ZEIN products, of controversial herb expert Zein al-Atat, do not maintain guaranteed quality.

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17 Assyrians Flee to Lebanon from Syria as Others Await Entry

Seventeen Assyrians fleeing the Islamic State extremist group were granted entry into Lebanon, reported the National News Agency on Tuesday.

It said that they entered the country through the Masnaa border-crossing on Monday night.

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Cabinet Crisis Subsides as Salam Calls on Ministers to Resume Meetings

Prime Minister Tammam Salam called Tuesday on the cabinet to resume its meetings, stressing that consensus shouldn't be a reason for obstructing the work of the government.

“Priority is to activate the work of the state effectively and smoothly,” Salam said in press release.

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Bishops Visit Aoun over Fate of Christians in Orient

A delegation of bishops visited Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Michel Aoun in Rabieh on Tuesday to discuss with him the conditions of Christians in the Orient.

The delegation included bishops Issam Darwish, George Saliba, Boulos Safar and Rweiss al-Orashalimi.

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