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Safadi to Testify over Zaitunay Bay, Voices Surprise over Hariri Statement

Ex-minister Mohammed Safadi on Sunday said he has requested to appear before the financial prosecutor to refute allegations about the Zaitunay Bay promenade and marina.

“After the issue of Zaitunay Bay was tackled in a false manner, and after the controversy, ambiguity in people’s minds, the launch of accusations and the claims about the presence of violations, Minister Mohammed Safadi took the initiative of calling Financial Prosecutor Ali Ibrahim and asked him to schedule a meeting,” Safadi’s office said.

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Qaouq: Some Planting Mines in Way of Govt. Formation

A senior Hizbullah official on Sunday accused some parties of “planting mines in the way of the government formation process” in a bid to “change the political equations” in the country.

“Regardless of the government’s shape and whoever its premier might be, Lebanon will not have a government subject to American diktats that would work on implementing the U.S. wishes at the expense of the Lebanese interests, specifically at the expense of Lebanon’s strength in resistance,” Hizbullah central council member Sheikh Nabil Qaouq said.

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FPM Nominee Pulls from Bar Association Vote over 'Situation' in Lebanon

The candidate of the Free Patriotic Movement for the post of president of the Beirut Bar Association, Georges Nakhle, announced Sunday that he withdrew from the race over “reasons related to the general situation in Lebanon.”

“I leave the full freedom to the colleagues who support me to choose the appropriate candidate,” he added.

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U.S. Embassy in Lebanon Denies Link to 'Revolution Bus'

The U.S. embassy in Lebanon has said that it supports "the Lebanese people in their peaceful demonstrations," but denied financing a so-called “revolution bus” that sparked controversy.

“We heard the rumors and no, the U.S. Embassy is not financing ‘the revolution bus’,” the embassy tweeted.

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ISF Puts Security Plan for Banks into Effect

The Internal Security Forces put security measures into effect on Saturday to protect banks and their staff when the latter open their doors after a nearly two-week closure.

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Activists Innovate ‘Revolution’s Bus’ Symbolic of Unity

A group of activists from the northern region of Akkar innovated a new method in a bid to prove that Lebanese protesters demanding radical reform since October 17 are united from north to south Lebanon.

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Berri Says Situation Getting More ‘Complicated’

Speaker Nabih Berri warned that the situation in Lebanon is getting more “complicated,” emphasizing the need for a quick “resolve” for the crisis, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

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U.N. Votes to Oblige Israel to Compensate Lebanon

The U.N. on Friday voted in favor of obliging Israel to pay Lebanon compensations over the 2006 oil spill caused by its bombing of the seaside Jiye power plant.

According to a tweet posted by MP Hagop Terzian, the U.N. decision obliges Israel to pay Lebanon $856.4 million in compensations.

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Safieddine Slams 'Hostile' Road-Blocking, Decries Political 'Absence' of Protest Movement

A senior Hizbullah official on Friday said the tensions of the past few days in Lebanon are “totally unjustified.”

“After what happened over the past few days, and after the blatant political and partisan interferences, we have to ask and the protest movement has to ask about the identity of those sides that have a political program and are seeking to push the country into tensions and push the protest movement to practice harm and aggression against the rest of the people,” the head of Hizbullah’s executive council, Sayyed Hashem Safieddine, said.

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Ex-PMs Urge Hariri's Re-Designation as Premier

Former prime ministers Najib Miqati, Fouad Saniora and Tammam Salam on Friday called for the re-designation of caretaker PM Saad Hariri as premier, hours after Hariri agreed with Hizbullah, the Free Patriotic Movement and the AMAL Movement on nominating ex-minister Mohammed Safadi for the post.

“Since the beginning of the political crisis, we have insisted and today we reiterate our main stance that calls for tasking PM Saad Hariri with forming the new government,” they said in a statement.

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