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Al-Rahi Urges Christians to Play 'Conciliatory Role' in Country's Political Crisis

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi criticized the country's rival leaders for paralyzing state institutions and reiterated his call for Christians to play a pivotal role in resolving the country's political crisis.

In remarks at Rafik Hariri International Airport before heading to Rome, al-Rahi said: “We should not paralyze the state just because we have joined regional-international axes.”

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Eichhorst Shies Away from Revealing Effects of EU Decision on Hizbullah

European Union Ambassador to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst has stopped short of revealing the effects of an EU decision to put Hizbullah's military wing on its list of terrorist organizations.

In an interview with the Saudi al-Yaum daily published on Tuesday, Eichhorst said the main reason for EU's decision in July was the deadly bombing that targeted Israeli tourists in Bulgaria a year earlier.

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Tripoli on Edge as Tension Mounts between Rival Neighborhoods

Calm prevailed on Tuesday in the northern city of Tripoli despite the rising tension between the rival neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh.

According to the state-run National News Agency, the army is deployed between the two neighborhoods, carrying out raids to detain violators and erecting checkpoints.

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'No Ransom Paid' as Abducted Palestinian Businessman Released

A Palestinian businessman, who was kidnapped in the northern Akkar province on Monday, has been released, the state-run National News Agency reported.

Armed men kidnapped trader Youssef Loubani in the Akkar plains. But NNA said he was released at 2:00 am Tuesday and returned to his house in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared.

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Lebanese-Canadian Appeals Extradition over 1980 French Bombing

Lawyers on Monday challenged a decision to extradite a Lebanese-Canadian university professor accused of a deadly 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue, calling France's key handwriting evidence "fatally flawed."

Hassan Diab is appealing a 2011 court decision and the Canadian government's order to extradite the University of Ottawa sociologist to France, despite the court's concerns that the case was "weak."

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Miqati: Cabinet Could Discuss Fate of Arab Democratic Party ahead of Judicial Verdict

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati said on Tuesday that the government could look into the fate of the Arab Democratic Party ahead of the judicial verdict against the suspects in the twin bombings that targeted the northern city of Tripoli.

“Nothing prevents head of the Arab Democratic Party ex-MP Ali Eid from appearing before the judiciary as he is denying any ties with Ahmed Merhi,” Miqati said in comments published in the pan-Arab daily al-Hayat.

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Phalange Party Demands Providing 'Full Support' to Army, Security Forces in Tripoli

The Phalange Party on Monday urged providing “all necessary support” to the armed and security forces to execute a large-scale security plan in the northern city of Tripoli, following the recent deadly clashes in the region.

"We stress on the importance of breaking the cycle that is controlling Tripoli and drawing the line to all deviant cases present in the city,” the party said in a released statement after the political bureau's weekly meeting.

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Kerry Urges Preventing Hizbullah from Determining Lebanon's Future and Mansour Slams 'Foreign Interventions'

The United States expressed on Monday its rejection of allowing Hizbullah to determine the future of Lebanon.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said at a press conference he held in Riyadh that his talks with Saudi officials discussed the importance of not allowing Hizbullah to dominate Lebanon.

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Palestinian Businessman Kidnapped for Ransom in Akkar

Gunmen abducted for ransom a Palestinian businessman in the northern Akkar plains, the state-run National News Agency reported on Monday.

"Armed men kidnapped trader Youssef Loubani in the Akkar plains,” the NNA said, noting that the abductee is 50 years old.

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Jumblat on Letter to Assad Report: I haven't Reached This Level of Political Stupidity

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat denied on Monday reports saying that he sent a letter to Syrian President Bashar Assad, in an attempt to reconsider his current relation with the Damascus regime.

"I haven't reached this level of political dotage and stupidity,” Jumblat told the PSP-affiliated al-Anbaa website.

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