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More Witnesses Testify in Hariri Assassination Trial

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon heard more witness testimonies on Friday a day after the defense team of four Hizbullah suspects claimed there was no conclusive evidence on the use of an explosives-laden Mitsubishi van to target the convoy of ex-PM Rafik Hariri on February 14, 2005.

Several witnesses appeared before the court on Friday.

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Early Probe: Fort Hood Lebanese Man Killed Daughters then Committed Suicide

U.S. army investigators have said they suspect murder-suicide in the Tuesday deaths of a 43-year-old Lebanese man and his two daughters at Fort Hood, Texas.

Rouhad Ezzeddine and his two daughters, 9-year-old Leila and 4-year-old Zeinab, lived in the home assigned to the children's mother, 33-year-old Private 1st Class Carla Santisteban.

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3 Dead, Several Injured in Traffic Related Accidents

Three people were killed in traffic related accidents on Friday in several areas in and around Beirut, the Traffic Management Center and the state-run National News Agency reported.

One person was killed and several others were injured, two of them seriously, when a car turned on its side on the Damour-Jiyyeh highway, south of Beirut, TMC said.

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Bassil Says FPM Open to All Options Regarding Cabinet Formation

Caretaker Energy Minister Jebran Bassil stressed on Friday that the adoption of the concept of rotating ministerial portfolios in the upcoming cabinet hinders the Free Patriotic Movement's participation.

“Those who think that they can impose on us a de-facto matter should realize that what we can do is bigger than the current political situation... We are strong,” Bassil said in an interview in al-Joumhouria newspaper.

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ISF Scuffles with Naameh Landfill Protesters as They Vow to Go On with Sit-In

A scuffle erupted on Friday between Internal Security Forces deployed on the road leading to the Naameh landfill and protesters who tried to prevent Sukleen waste trucks from entering the area.

Protesters lashed out in a statement at Interior Minister Marwan Charbel for allowing police members to storm into the protest camp at dawn and forced “peaceful protesters” out of their tents.

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Report: Army Intelligence Tracking Down Dangerous Terrorist Cell

The Lebanese Army Intelligence is currently pursuing a highly dangerous terrorist cell on Lebanese territories, al-Joumhouria newspaper reported on Friday.

A security source told the newspaper that the extremist network will be revealed soon.

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Hizbullah Continues Mediation with Aoun as Jumblat Denies Portfolio Rotation 'Plot'

Hizbullah failed again to convince its ally Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun to give up his demand for keeping the energy and telecommunications portfolios as part of his share in the new government.

Hizbullah MP Mohammed Raad visited President Michel Suleiman in Baabda Palace on Thursday. The adviser of the party's leader Hussein Khalil also visited Premier-designate Tammam Salam.

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Video Shows Kia Moving 'Calmly' in Dahieh before Exploding in Haret Hreik

LBCI television on Thursday broadcast a video showing the movements of the booby-trapped Kia that was blown up by a suicide bomber in Haret Hreik.

The car moved forward from Shatila towards the airport road before entering Ghobairi and Haret Hreik, LBCI said.

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Army Foils Armed Group Bid to Infiltrate Lebanon from Syria via al-Qaa

The Lebanese Army on Thursday clashed with gunmen who were trying to infiltrate Lebanon from Syria through the Masharii al-Qaa border area.

"At 5:30 p.m., the Lebanese Army thwarted at attempt by an armed group to infiltrate Lebanon from Syrian territory," Lebanon's National News Agency reported.

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Brother, Nieces of Owner of Phone Number on STL List Killed in Texas

A Lebanese man and his two daughters were gunned down in mysterious circumstances in the U.S. state of Texas, media reports said on Thursday.

Rouhad Ezzeddine, who is in his forties, was found shot to death along with his two daughters Zainab and Leila at their house in Texas.

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