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March 8 Alliance Finished but Hizbullah Seeks to Restore Berri-Aoun Ties

More Free Patriotic Movement officials confirmed on Thursday their rift with the rest of the March 8 alliance's parties despite alleged efforts by Hizbullah to bridge the gap between Speaker Nabih Berri and FPM leader Michel Aoun.

In remarks to As Safir daily, Caretaker Energy Minister Jebran Bassil, who is an FPM official, reiterated that his party was no longer part of the March 8 coalition that includes Hizbullah and Berri's Amal movement.

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Syria Rebel Group Claims Bir al-Abed Blast

A little known Syrian rebel group has claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack that hit Bir al-Abed neighborhood in the southern suburbs of Beirut Tuesday, wounding 53 people.

It also claimed it was behind an attack on a Hizbullah convoy in eastern Lebanon on June 28.

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Bodies of Missing Jaafar Clan Members Found in Syria

The Jaafar clan of Hermel on Wednesday announced that the bodies of two of its members who had gone missing in Syria two months ago have been found.

The clan identified the two men as Ahmed Youssef Jaafar and Mohammed Mahdi Jaafar.

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Lebanon Vows to Keep Borders Open to Syria Refugees

Lebanon vowed Wednesday to keep its borders open to Syrian refugees as the U.N. Security Council called for "unprecedented" international help for the country.

With some estimates of 1.2 million Syrians now in Lebanon, the country's U.N. ambassador Nawaf Salam said the government may have to consider opening camps.

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Reports: Fundamentalist Groups Likely behind Dahieh Attack

Fundamentalist groups were probably responsible for the attack on the Bir al-Abed neighborhood in Beirut's southern suburb on Tuesday, reported the Central News Agency on Wednesday.

Security sources denied to the agency that a Hizbullah official was the target of the blast, revealing that the security agencies have some leads that can direct them to the perpetrators.

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Abu Ghida Issues Arrest Warrants against Asir, Shaker over Abra Clashes

First Military Investigation Judge Riyad Abu Ghida issued on Wednesday arrest warrants against several fugitives including Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir and Fadel Shaker over the clashes in southern town of Abra.

According to the state-run National News Agency, Abu Ghida issued arrest warrants against eight wanted suspects, including Asir and singer-turned Salafist Shaker.

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March 14: Bir al-Abed Blast Linked to Hizbullah's Fighting in Syria

The March 14 General Secretariat condemned on Wednesday the blast that took place in the Bir al-Abed neighborhood in Beirut's southern suburbs on Tuesday.

It said in a statement after its weekly meeting: “We have long warned of the consequence of Hizbullah's fighting Syria.”

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Berri: March 8 No Longer Unified on Internal Issues

Efforts to line-up the cabinet gained momentum on Tuesday as PM-designate Tammam Salam met a number of officials and held talks with Speaker Nabih Berri who said that March 8 is no longer unified, and that each of its components will negotiate Salam separately on the cabinet formation, according to As-Safir.

Berri told Salam that the Amal Movement and Hizbullah will negotiate on their share in the cabinet separately from their ally Free Patriotic Movement chief Michel Aoun, according to the daily.

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Hizbullah Denies Security Breach as Fneish Says Blast Aims at Destabilizing Country

Hizbullah caretaker Minister of State for Administrative Reform Mohammad Fneish considered on Wednesday that the blast that targeted Bir al-Abed neighborhood in Beirut's southern suburbs aims at destabilizing Lebanon's civil peace.

“The culprits aim at moving security violations from an area to another across Lebanon and to create sedition and a sectarian rift among Muslims in particular,” Fneish told al-Joumhouria newspaper published on Wednesday.

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Report: Bassil Tells Salam Change and Reform Not Part of March 8

Caretaker Energy Minister Jebran Bassil has reportedly informed Premier-designate Tammam Salam that the Change and Reform bloc was no longer part of the March 8 alliance.

Al-Joumhouria newspaper said Bassil told Salam during a meeting they held on Tuesday that the Free Patriotic Movement's conditions in the cabinet line-up were separate from those set by Hizbullah and Amal movement.

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