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Daryan Warns against Heeding Those 'Stoking Strife'

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Daryan on Friday condemned “the campaign of disinformation and unjust accusations” against Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, as he warned against heeding strife calls.

“The campaigns of unjust accusations, insults and disinformation against the great national figure PM-designate Saad Hariri are shameful,” Daryan said, noting that motives behind the campaigns are “political par excellence” and aimed at “obstructing his national role which coincides with his intensive efforts to form a government within the constitutional stipulations.”

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Jumblat Says Mukhtara 'Red Line' after Wahhab Supporters Bravado

Progressive Socialist Party leader ex-MP Walid Jumblat warned Friday that his hometown Mukhtara is a “red line” after supporters of ex-minister Wiam Wahhab staged a show of force in the Chouf region a day earlier.

“Mukhtara is a red line whatever the regional balances might be,” Jumblat tweeted.

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UK and Lebanon: A Forward Look for Business and Investmnet

Simon Penney, Her Majesty's Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan, ended a two-day visit to Lebanon. This is his first visit since assuming his role in October 2018, and it comes ahead of the much-anticipated Lebanon Investment Conference taking place in London next month, the British embassy said in a statement on Friday.

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Mustaqbal: March 8 Sunni MPs ‘Won’t Step Foot in Center House’

In light of insulting accusations fired against Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri by allies of the pro-Hizbullah Independent Sunni MPs, al-Mustaqbal Movement source emphasized the deputies “won’t set foot in the Center House,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Friday.

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4 Suspects Killed, Several Apprehended in Army Pursuits in Baalbek

Four “dangerous” suspects were killed and several others were apprehended during army raids in the Baalbek towns of Hay al-Sharawneh and Haouch Tall Safyieh on Friday.

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For Israel, a Rearmed Hizbullah in Lebanon is 'Top Concern'

Israel's most pressing security concerns reportedly lie to the north, even with attention currently focused on Gaza-based Hamas militants along its southern border.

Israeli officials say the threat of the Palestinian Hamas group pales compared to the Iran-backed Hizbullah in Lebanon — a heavily-armed mini-army with combat experience in neighboring Syria and an arsenal of some 150,000 rockets.

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Wahhab Files Lawsuit against Hariri over 'Insults, Death Threats'

Ex-minister Wiam Wahhab announced Thursday that he has filed a lawsuit against Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and “his aides” over street banners that have surfaced in Beirut and Tripoli in recent days.

“I have filed a lawsuit against Saad Hariri and his aides over the banners which carried insults and death threats and which preceded the leaked video,” Wahhab tweeted, referring to banners apparently hoisted by Hariri supporters in some areas and to a leaked video in which the former minister addresses harsh personal insults to Hariri and his slain father Rafik Hariri.

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Army 'Detains Several Hundred Syrians' in Raids on Camps

The Lebanese Army has detained around 400 Syrians in raids on refugee camps in the eastern Bekaa valley, mostly for overstaying their residence permits, a military source said Thursday.

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Hariri Appreciates Bassil's Effort, FPM Still Sees Govt. before Holidays

The ideas that Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil has proposed for resolving the so-called Sunni hurdle are “still not clear” and have not been officially presented to Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, a source close to the PM said.

“There is continuous communication between Bassil and PM-designate Hariri, who considers the former’s endeavor good and beneficial but so far has not yielded any results,” the source told al-Hayat daily in remarks published Thursday.

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Report: Hizbullah Still Keen on Hariri's Designation, Not behind Campaigns

Hizbullah still wants Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri to form the new government and it is not behind the hostile campaigns against him, sources close to the party said.

“Despite al-Mustaqbal Movement’s campaigns against it, Hizbullah is still keen on Hariri’s presence in the premier post,” the sources told al-Joumhouria newspaper in remarks published Thursday.

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