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LF Defends Suleiman against March 8 'Assaults' and 'Insults'

Lebanese Forces MP Antoine Zahra defended on Tuesday President Michel Suleiman against a campaign launched by the March 8 alliance, accusing it of assaulting his authorities.

“The campaign against Suleiman is an assault on his powers,” Zahra said in a press conference.

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Hammoud Receives Repatriation Request as Iran to Participate in al-Majed's Autopsy

Acting General Prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud received on Tuesday a request from the Saudi Embassy, saying the brother of a dead al-Qaida-linked group leader wants to repatriate his body.

Saudi national Majed al-Majed died in Lebanon on Saturday while undergoing treatment at the central military hospital after his health deteriorated, the army said.

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Report: March 14 Committee Setting Strategy Ahead of 'Constitutional Disobedience'

A committee made up of March 14 officials has been holding discussions to unify the proposals on the coalition's new strategy, the Kuwaiti al-Anbaa newspaper reported Tuesday.

The daily quoted informed sources as saying that the committee's initial talks are focusing on merging the proposals of the alliance’s different parties on the strategy pending an agreement over their joint vision on the situation in the country, including Hizbullah's assistance to keep its fighters in Syria.

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Diplomats in Beirut Avoid Activity, Cancel Scheduled Invitations

Western and Arab ambassadors to Lebanon have been avoiding since last week any movement across Lebanon, the Kuwaiti al-Anbaa newspaper reported on Tuesday.

According to the daily, ambassadors of world powers, including the Arab and European diplomats, have been avoiding any activity and apologized for not attending invitations they had agreed on.

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Lebanese Asylum-Seekers Detained in Pacific Likely to Return Home

A majority of Lebanese asylum-seekers detained in the Pacific will choose to return home, a Lebanese member of the council advising the Australian government on asylum-seekers said.

Australian media reports said on Tuesday that Dr. Jamal Rifi, a prominent member of Sydney's Lebanese community, visited the detention centers in the islands of Papua New Guinea and Nauru last week.

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2 Troops Hurt in Grenade Attack on Army Vehicle in Tripoli's al-Zahriyeh

An unknown attacker on Monday hurled a hand grenade at an army vehicle near the Barrad al-Bisar area in Tripoli's al-Zahriyeh, which left two soldiers wounded.

“At once, an army unit raided the only building that faces Barrad al-Bisar to pursue and arrest the perpetrator,” state-run National News Agency reported.

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Police Chief Describes as 'Hoax' Footage of Alleged 'Sectarian Attacks' inside Prisons

The commander of the Gendarmerie on Monday described as “a hoax and and a farce” pictures and videos that have surfaced in recent days, in which supposed inmates trade sectarian threats from the prisons of al-Qobbeh, Baalbek and Roumieh.

Earlier, state-run National News Agency reported that the military judiciary has launched a probe into videos of alleged abuse that are being circulated via WhatsApp, noting that State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr has received the files of the case.

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Jabal Mohsen Man Assaulted in al-Baqqar

Unknown assailants on Monday beat up a young man who hails from the Tripoli neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen in an apparent sectarian attack.

LBCI television identified the man as Ali Jaafar al-Zahab, saying he was assaulted in the Tripoli district of al-Baqqar.

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Plumbly Meets Saudi Officials, Stresses Importance of Supporting Lebanese Army

U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly on Monday met with top Saudi officials and stressed the importance of international support for the Lebanese Army, according to a statement issued by his office.

“He met with senior Saudi officials, including the Second Deputy Prime Minister, His Royal Highness Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz, and the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz,” said the statement.

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Saudi Condemns Dahieh Blast, Calls for Extending Army Authority across Lebanon

The Saudi cabinet on Monday condemned the bombing that rocked Haret Hreik and the blast that killed former minister Mohammed Shatah, describing them as “terrorist” attacks.

Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja said his government stressed “the kingdom's condemnation of the two terrorist bombings that have recently occurred in Beirut.”

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