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Awad Ibrahim Returns to Beirut to Hero's Welcome, Receives Phone Call from Hariri

A Lebanese pilgrim kidnapped in Syria in May returned to Beirut from Turkey to a hero's welcome on Wednesday night, a day after his release by his abductors.

Awad Ibrahim arrived at Rafik Hariri international airport aboard a Turkish Airlines flight around 8:30 pm accompanied by two General Security and Internal Security Forces officers.

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Miqati Meets Clinton, Says Lebanese Keen to Maintain Country's Stability

Prime Minister Najib Miqati stressed on Tuesday that Lebanese foes agreed to preserve the country's stability and safeguard it from the negative repercussions surrounding it.

"The international community should understand the Lebanese state's decision to disassociate the country from the developments in the region," Miqati told U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

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Mustaqbal Demands Investigation in Attack against Aoun Convoy, Rejects All Forms of Violence

The Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc condemned on Tuesday the spread of kidnappings in Lebanon at the hands of armed groups, saying that such incidents are aimed at undermining the authority of the state.

The bloc also addressed after its weekly meeting the shooting against Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun's convoy, demanding an investigation in the matter.

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Aoun: Security Agencies who Deny my Assassination Attempt May Be Linked to it

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun condemned on Tuesday doubts that he may have been the victim of an assassination attempt, saying that “some sides have stooped so low as to question the affair.”

He added after the Change and Reform bloc's weekly meeting: “Security agencies that deny the attempt on my life may be linked to it.”

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Samaha Admitted to Hospital for Medical Tests

Former minister Michel Samaha was admitted to hospital on Tuesday for medical tests, reported al-Jadeed television.

He was returned to his detention center after the completion of the tests, it added.

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General Security Decides against Deporting 5 Syrians

Five Syrians were released on Tuesday after being detained in Rashaya al-Fakhar on Monday.

The National News Agency reported that party and political efforts were exerted to reach a settlement to ensure their release.

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Walid al-Muallem and his Deputy Land in Beirut Airport

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem and his deputy Faisal al-Moqdad arrived on Tuesday at Beirut international airport.

The two officials arrived at the airport on board a private jet before heading to New York on board a regular flight through a layover in Germany.

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Army Seizes Truck Loaded with Arms in Qaa, Raids Drugs Warehouse in Baalbek

The army confiscated a pick-up truck loaded with arms with a Lebanese man and six Syrians, who entered the country illegally, aboard in the border region of al-Qaa in the northern Bekaa.

According to a communique issued by the army command, the army seized the pick-up truck on Monday night.

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One of Remaining 10 Lebanese Pilgrims Held in Syria Released

A Lebanese man who has been held hostage in Syria along with ten other pilgrims since May was released on Tuesday, media reports said.

Awad Ibrahim told LBCI TV network that he was in good health.

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Suleiman: We Must Not Allow Lebanon's Stability to Be Presented as Sacrifice to Arab Spring

President Michel Suleiman noted on Tuesday that Lebanon has always remain an open ground for individual freedom and belief, which has also made its a victim of foreign interests.

He added: “Lebanon should no longer serve as an open ground for these foreign powers, but we must not allow our stability to be presented as a sacrifice for the Arab Spring.”

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