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EDL Contract Employees Strike Ongoing in Beirut

Electricite du Liban's contract employees held a protest on Monday near the company’s headquarters in Beirut, the National News Agency reported.

The demonstrators headed to Riad al-Solh square, holding banners that condemn the cabinet’s failure to approve their full-time employment draft law.

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Qassem Urges Hariri to Support Proportional Representation

Hizbullah deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem urged on Monday ex-Prime Minister Saad Hariri to support the adoption of an electoral law based on proportional representation.

“We are waiting his (Hariri’s) agreement on a fair proportional electoral law, so he gets all the votes of his supporters and the rest of us take the votes of our supporters,” Qassem said in a statement issued by Hizbullah’s media relations department.

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Report: General Security Detains Qaida-Linked Jordanian

The General Security Department detained a Jordanian called Abdulmalek Mohammed Youssef Othman Abdulsalam, who is linked to al-Qaida, the pan-Arab daily al-Hayat reported on Monday.

Abdulsalam was extradited by the Iranian authorities to Syria in the past few months, and then he entered Lebanon and was arrested when he was on his way to the Rafik Hariri International Airport.

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6 Dead, 70 Hurt as Clashes Spread in Tripoli and Islamists Reclose al-Nour Square

Sectarian violence linked to the unrest in Syria claimed another six lives in the northern port city of Tripoli on Monday as clashes spread beyond the rival districts of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen and Islamist protesters reclosed the roads around al-Nour Square after their Salafist comrade Shadi al-Mawlawi remained in custody.

OTV said four B-10 RPGs fell on al-Zahriyeh district in central Tripoli and that residents were massively fleeing from the neighborhood.

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Iran Ready to Supply Lebanon with Electricity as of Next Week

An official at the Iranian Energy Ministry revealed that his country will start providing Lebanon and Syria with electricity “soon,” Iran's state news agency IRNA reported.

“Supplying Lebanon with power was among the issues that Lebanon and Iran agreed on in the previous few months,” Abdolhamid Frazam Behboodi said.

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Miqati Sources Deny Syria Has Imposed Conditions on him

Prime Minister Najib Miqati’s sources denied on Monday a report that Syria had pressured the PM to give up a decision by Lebanese authorities to steer the country clear of the uprising against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

In remarks to several radio stations, sources close to Miqati said: “The policy of distancing ourselves (from the uprising in Syria) is still on.”

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Berri Refuses to Call on Cabinet to Resign despite Crisis, Says Aoun is ‘Oppressed’

Speaker Nabih Berri said on Monday that he isn’t willing to call on the cabinet to resign despite its low productivity as there is no other substitute for it.

“We have agreed on the formation of this cabinet because we had no other substitute or a better choice,” Berri told As Safir newspaper.

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General Security Remains Silent on ‘Real Story’ behind al-Mawlawi’s Arrest

The General Security Department was mum on Monday on its controversial arrest of an Islamist for allegedly contacting a terrorist organization, a move that left three people dead in gunbattles in the northern port city of Tripoli.

“We haven’t yet announced our version of the story. We are waiting for the appropriate time to tell the real story behind (Shadi) al-Mawlawi’s arrest,” a General Security official told An Nahar daily.

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Defense Council Urges Heeding Needs of Army, Security Forces, Safadi to Sue General Security

The Higher Defense Council on Sunday discussed the security situation in unrest-hit Tripoli, lauding the role of security agencies in “preserving security, busting terrorist networks, freeing abductees and curbing the trafficking of arms across the Lebanese areas.”

Speaking after an emergency meeting at the Baabda Palace, the council’s spokesman, Maj. Gen. Adnan Merheb, stressed the conferees’ keenness on preserving civil peace in the country, noting that “to this end, the council has given the necessary instructions to the military and security institutions and specified the missions of the ministries, administrations and relevant authorities.”

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Jumblat Warns of 'Traps Set by Syrian Regime to Deviate Attention from its Crisis'

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat on Sunday stressed “the need to reach a political solution to the problem” in unrest-hit Tripoli that would “spare the army a confrontation on Tripoli and keep it away from political disputes,” warning of “traps set up by the Syrian regime.”

According to a statement issued by the PSP, Jumblat contacted several security and political officials, urging “the release of Mr. Shadi al-Mawlawi and the addressing of the situation according to the legal norms, to prevent the recurrence of illegal arrests by sides that lack jurisdiction.”

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