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New Cabinet Expected to See Light on Thursday or Saturday

The new government of Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam is expected to be announced on Thursday or over the weekend following the return of President Michel Suleiman from a trip to Tunisia.

An Nahar newspaper said Thursday that Suleiman and Salam put the final touches on the cabinet lineup during a meeting at Baabda Palace on Wednesday, their second in three days.

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Report: Safadi to be Named for Premiership after Salam's Cabinet Collapses

Caretaker Finance Minister Mohammed al-Safadi will reportedly be appointed to form a new cabinet after the expected resignation of Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam's government.

According to al-Liwaa newspaper published on Thursday, Safadi will be named by Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun, a move that will be supported by his March 8 allies.

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Three Teens Disappear after Syrian Troops Lure Them in Wadi Khaled

Syrian army troops lured three teens who hail from the northern city of Akkar to one of its site and they haven't returned to their homes yet, the state-run National News Agency reported on Wednesday.

"The three boys are Alaa Khaled Khamis from the town of Wadi Khaled, Bashar Abdul Razzaq from al-Awwadah village and Odey Moqtada al-Moudir,” the families of the young men said in a released statement, noting that their sons are all aged 14.

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Salam, Suleiman Put 'Final Touches' on Cabinet Lineup

Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam was Wednesday putting the “final touches” on his cabinet lineup, amid reports that he might wait for some time before announcing it.

Salam discussed a draft lineup with President Michel Suleiman during a meeting in Baabda in the evening, according to al-Jadeed television.

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Bahia Hariri Sues MTV, Adel Karam over Parody Picture

Al-Mustaqbal bloc MP Bahia Hariri filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against MTV after a show on the local television channel aired a computer-generated image that was considered offensive to Islam.

The image shows the veiled lawmaker's head placed on the body of a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” and it was aired during “Hayda Haki,” a weekly satirical program hosted by comedian and TV personality Adel Karam.

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ISF Officer Testifies at STL over Crater Car Parts, Links to Jamaa Jamaa

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon heard on Wednesday the testimony of an Internal Security Forces officer, who claimed that several metal pieces recovered from the crater caused by the massive bombing on Feb. 14, 2005, belonged to a vehicle from the motorcade of ex-PM Rafik Hariri and the Mitsubishi van that the suicide bomber used.

The prosecution's witness, who went by a code number and whose identity remained protected, appeared via video link from Beirut.

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30,000 Captagon Pills Seized at RHIA

Security forces foiled on Wednesday an attempt to smuggle 30,000 captagon pills via Rafik Hariri International Airport.

"After a thorough investigation, airport security at the Beirut Airport were able to foil an attempt to smuggle a large quantity of captagon pills,” the Internal Security Forces General-Directorate said in a released statement, noting that they were bound for an Arab country.

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Army Seizes Drugs in N. Bekaa, Clashes with Fugitives in Brital

The army on Wednesday confiscated a quantity of narcotics and two stolen cars in two Bekaa towns.

“A Lebanese Army force raided the town of Jabbouleh in northern Bekaa, seizing a quantity of drugs and contraband material from the residence of A. Gh.,” state-run National News Agency reported.

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Hariri Hails Bkirki Treaty: It Must Serve as Roadmap for Rise of the State

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri praised on Wednesday the Bkirki Treaty that was announced by Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi, saying that it represents a “true Lebanese vision of coexistence” in Lebanon.

He said in a statement: “The treaty should serve as a roadmap for the rise of the state.”

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Arrest Warrant Issued against Abdullah Azzam Brigades Prominent Official

Military Tribunal Judge Imad al-Zein interrogated on Wednesday Jamal Daftardar, who is a prominent official in Abdullah Azzab Brigades, and issued an arrest warrant against him.

The state-run National News Agency reported that al-Zein postponed a trial against Daftardar, who was arrested in the western Bekaa region on January 15, and 12 others to February 19.

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