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Gemayel: Christians are Facing Dangerous Situation in Syria, Region

Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel warned on Friday against what he described as “a dangerous reality” facing the Christians in Syria and the region, and called on the international community to stop the bloodshed and stop oppression against the Christians, the state-run National News Agency quoted him as saying from Rome.

“I call on the international community to stop the bloodshed, protect emerging democracies, and halt the aggression against the Christians,” said Gemayel.

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Report: Vacancies Emerge in Military Council as Qahwaji May Request to Assume its Duties

Vacancies emerged in the six-member Military Council with the retirement of three of its members, reported al-Akhbar newspaper Friday.

It reported that the development “may prompt Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji to request assuming its duties and responsibilities.”

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Makari: Nasrallah Has Shut the Door on Govt. Negotiations

Deputy Speaker MP Farid Makari noted that Hizbullah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's recent speech reflects the party's ongoing efforts to obstruct the formation of a government, reported the daily An Nahar Friday.

He told the daily: “He shut the door on the negotiations to form a new cabinet through refusing to relinquish his camp's conditions.”

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Report: Salam to Form De Facto Cabinet without March 8 Alliance

Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam is seeking to form a cabinet that doesn't include the March 8 alliance, media reports said on Friday.

According to al-Joumhouria newspaper, consultations with the March 8 coalition failed to reach any fruitful results as both sides are holding on to their stances.

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Ozyildiz Says Families of Abducted Pilgrims 'Crossed Limits'

Turkish Ambassador Inan Ozyildiz slammed on Friday the sit-ins held by the relatives of the nine abducted pilgrims in Syria's Aazaz since May last year.

The diplomat considered in comments published in An Nahar newspaper that the families of the abducted men “crossed the limits.”

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Report: Two Tripoli Fighters Killed in Qusayr, Contact Lost with 20 Others

Two men were killed and contact was lost with at least 18 others in the Syrian town of al-Qusayr near the border with Lebanon, LBCI television reported on Thursday.

"The men who hail from the northern cities of Tripoli and Dinniyeh have left Lebanon to participate in the battles in al-Qusayr's countryside”, sources close to the Syrian opposition told LBCI.

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Nasrallah: Syria to Supply Hizbullah with Game-Changing Arms, We Will Back Resistance in Golan

Syria is to supply Hizbullah with "game-changing weapons" despite Israel's air strikes reportedly aimed at cutting off the flow of arms, Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Thursday, vowing to back “the Syrian popular resistance” in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

"You Israelis say your objective is to stop the capability of the resistance from growing ... but Syria will provide (Hizbullah) with game-changing weapons it has not had before," Nasrallah said in a televised speech on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Hizbullah's al-Nour radio station.

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Activists: Syria Troops, Hizbullah Advancing on Qusayr

Fierce clashes between rebels and fighters loyal to President Bashar Assad's regime raged on Thursday around insurgent-held Qusayr in central Syria, a monitoring group said.

An army officer told AFP the military seized control of Shumariyeh village near the town of Qusayr.

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Two Rockets from Syria Land in Shawagheer Village in Hermel

Two rockets launched from Syrian territories hit on Saturday al-Shawagheer region in Hermel, state-run National News Agency reported.

According to the news agency, the rockets only caused material damage.

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Phalange Party Holds Positive Meeting with FPM over Neutrality Law

MP Elie Marouni revealed on Thursday that the Phalange Party took the initiative to propose a draft-law concerning Lebanon's dissociation policy, which is the only way to maintain the country's stability.

“We began a tour on all the parliamentary blocs to convince them of our proposal,” Marouni said after talks between the Phalange Party and Free Patriotic Party lawmakers at the parliament.

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