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Report: Lebanon to File Complaint against Israel over Espionage Stations

Lebanon will file a complaint to the United Nations Security Council over the recent spying stations installed by Israel along its border with Lebanon.

According to al-Joumhouria newspaper published on Friday, the complaint will be filed in light of the report issued by the parliamentary telecommunications committee, which will meet on Monday.

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Suleiman Says his Saudi Visit Beneficial for Lebanon

President Michel Suleiman said his scheduled visit to Saudi Arabia next week would be beneficial for Lebanon and would consolidate relations between the two countries.

In remarks to al-Liwaa daily published on Friday, Suleiman stressed “the importance of having contacts with the Saudi leadership at this stage.”

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Charbel, Shaar Set Security Plan Guidelines, Say Army to Deploy in 'All Tripoli Regions'

Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel announced on Thursday that army forces will deploy in “all neighborhoods” of the northern city of Tripoli, revealing also that a security plan to be implemented in the North has started to take shape.

"I am relieved that we have set some main points to be adopted in the security plan,” Charbel said after two-hour talks with northern figures at North and Tripoli Mufti Sheikh Malek al-Shaar's house.

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No Accord Reached after Mustaqbal, FPM Talks

A meeting between Change and Reform and al-Mustaqbal blocs' lawmakers on Thursday did not result in an accord between both parties, although it was an opportunity to “share ideas and reach common grounds,” the MPs said after the talks.

“Both parties were honest and we shared some ideas,” al-Mustaqbal MP Atef Majdalani told reporters after the meeting.

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Hizbullah Calls for Comprehensive Plan to Fight Israeli Spying

Hizbullah lawmakers urged the authorities on Thursday to adopt a comprehensive plan to prevent Israel from violating Lebanon's sovereignty after news broke of the Jewish State's installation of spying stations along its border with southern Lebanon.

The Israeli move “constitutes a national challenge and a disgrace,” members of the Loyalty to the Resistance parliamentary bloc said after their weekly meeting.

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Eid Subpoenaed for Interrogation on Tuesday over Tripoli Twin Bombings

First Military Investigation Judge Riyad Abu Ghida issued on Thursday a subpoena against Ali Eid days after he was charged with helping a suspect in the Tripoli mosque bombings escape justice.

Abu Ghida ordered the questioning of Arab Democratic Party Chief and former MP Eid on Tuesday over his link to the the bombings against al-Taqwa and al-Salam mosques in Tripoli on August 23.

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FPM: We Understand Hizbullah's Delay in Tackling Local Issues due to its Forced Intervention in Syria

Free Patriotic Movement and Hizbullah officials held talks on Wednesday as part of the former's efforts to hold talks with all political powers in order to end the deadlock in Lebanon, announced the movement in a statement on Thursday.

The FPM's representative at the talks, Bassam al-Hashem said: “We understand Hizbullah's delay in tackling some local affairs due to the circumstances it is passing through given that it is being targeted by local forces and due to its intervention in Syria against its will.”

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Suleiman Calls for Putting Nation's Capabilities in Single Defense Strategy

President Michel Suleiman on Thursday called for an end to the paralysis of constitutional institutions and said the country's capabilities should be put in a single strategy to defend Lebanon.

During a ceremony at Baabda Palace to launch a plan to eradicate child labor, Suleiman said: “We want responsible constitutional institutions and leaders who consider the nation's interest as their priority.”

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38 Years after Lebanon's Civil War, An Apology Remains A Rare Light

With pen and paper in hand, it took Assaad Chaftari five minutes at his home nestled in a cluster of pine trees in the mountains overlooking Beirut to write a public apology for his role in the atrocities committed during Lebanon's civil war.

Thirteen years later, he's still the sole senior figure from the slew of militias that prosecuted that bloody conflict to do so. That Chaftari alone has taken that bold step says as much about his own searing sense of remorse and desire to atone as it does about Lebanon and where it stands more than two decades after the country's 15-year bloodletting claimed the lives of an estimated 150,000 people.

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Telecommunications Committee to Hold Urgent Meeting Monday to Discuss Israeli Spying Stations

The parliamentary telecommunications committee will hold an emergency meeting on Monday to tackle the recent spying stations installed by Israel along its border with Lebanon as caretaker Telecom Minister Nicolas Sehnaoui considered the matter “violation of the country's sovereignty.”

The head of the Committee, MP Hassan Fadlallah, said in comments published in As Safir newspaper on Thursday that the meeting will be held in presence of Sehnaoui and a specialized team in addition to the Foreign Ministry representative.

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