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Al-Meqdad Clan Hints to Resume Kidnappings after Eid, Releases 1 Syrian

Al-Meqdad clan’s spokesman Maher al-Meqdad warned that the family’s military wing could resume the kidnapping of Syrians after the Eid al-Fitr holiday if Hassan al-Meqdad was not released by Syrian rebels.

In remarks to a TV station, the spokesman said Monday: “The family took the decision to relieve people during the Eid but we will relaunch our movement after the holidays.”

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Businessman Raja al-Zuhairi Released after 3-Day Kidnap Ordeal

The abductors of prominent Druze businessman Raja al-Zuhairi released him on Sunday after a three-day kidnap ordeal.

Speaking to reporters, Zuhairi said the kidnappers blindfolded him and moved him in several cars before reaching the place of detention after many hours.

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Nayla Mouawad Laments Political Situations as Connelly Tours Ehden

Former minister Nayla Mouawad on Sunday stressed that “a lot of Lebanese people reject everything happening nowadays and are struggling to restore their history, values, ethics, independence, and most importantly their freedom which has become a key element in the Arab Spring.”

Mouawad also called for seeking “another spring -- the spring of Lebanon.”

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Middle Class Syrians in Limbo in Lebanon

When doctor Nada Ekhwon and her husband fled Damascus for Lebanon, they were relieved to find safety away from the bloodshed at home. But a spate of mass kidnappings of Syrians in Beirut has forced them to think again.

"You know last night we were afraid to go out. We heard the news and thought it's better to stay inside," Ekhwon said after the reports of the kidnappings and other attacks on Syrians in retaliation for events in Syria.

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Suleiman, Miqati Extend Eid Greetings through Hopes of Unity and Stability

President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister Najib Miqati hoped on Sunday that Eid al-Fitr would unite Muslims in Lebanon and lead to the country’s stability.

In a statement issued by his press office, Suleiman extended his greetings to the Lebanese in general and Muslims in particular on the occasion of the Eid.

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Al-Rahi: Maronite Church Rejects Violence, Spread of Arms in Regional Countries

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi rejected on Sunday violence and the killing of children in regional countries, saying any attack on the lives of people is a crime before God.

“Any assault on the life of any person is a crime before God,” al-Rahi said in his sermon during a mass in his summer seat in Diman.

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Eid al-Fitr Sermons Focus on Solidarity and Rejection of Strife

Vice President of the Higher Islamic Shiite Council Sheikh Abdul Amir Qabalan said Sunday that Lebanon is in need for the solidarity of all its factions.

“Lebanon is in need for solidarity, love, affection and sincerity in dealing” amongst each other, Qabalan said in his Eid al-Fitr sermon during prayers at the Council’s headquarters.

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Fabius Criticizes Air France’s ‘Foolishness’ in Landing Beirut-Bound Flight in Syria

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has described as “very foolish” a decision by Air France to land a plane in Damascus following tensions near the Beirut airport on Wednesday.

In remarks carried by Le Parisien on its website on Saturday, Fabius said: “Imagine for a second if the Syrian authorities decided to inspect the plane to check the identities of the passengers.”

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Qabbani Holds All Lebanese Responsible for Current Situation, Rejects ‘Intimidation Arms’

Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani warned the Lebanese on Sunday that weapons of intimidation lead to the nation’s death, advising them not to destroy the bridges of communication among them.

“Every time you block a road, you destroy the bridges of communication among the different factions in this nation,” Qabbani said in his Eid al-Fitr sermon following prayers at Mohammed al-Amin mosque in downtown Beirut.

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Sources: Charbel to Reveal Positive News on 11 Pilgrims after Briefing Suleiman, Miqati

Sources close to Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said the minister returned from Ankara with “great optimism” that he would reveal soon on the fate of 11 Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped in Syria since May.

The sources told An Nahar daily published Sunday that a visit by Charbel and General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim to Turkey was “fruitful.”

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