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Brother of Slain PSP Supporter Injured in Fresh Choueifat Incident

Nizar Abu Faraj, a brother of slain Progressive Socialist Party supporter Alaa Abi Faraj, has been shot and wounded in Choueifat, the National News Agency said.

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Hizbullah Denies US Charges it Has Cells in Venezuela

Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has denied U.S. assertions that it has cells in Venezuela saying the Latin American nation "does not need them."

Nasrallah said in a speech Saturday that his Iran-backed group is in "solidarity with the political leadership and state of Venezuela against the American aggression."

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Firouznia: Iran Reiterates Support for Resistance, Lebanese Unity

Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammed Jalal Firouznia said that Iran “affirms support for Lebanon’s Resistance and its national unity,” the National News Agency reported on Saturday.

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Army Captures IS Emir in Hermel

The Army Intelligence Directorate arrested at dawn on Saturday two jihadists one of them an IS Emir in the Bekaa town of Hermel, media reports said.

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Guidanian: Measures Taken to Prevent Exploitation of Gulf Tourists

Tourism Minister Avedis Guidanian assured that Lebanon is keen on taking all measures needed to encourage tourists to visit Lebanon, noting that financial "abuse of tourists” will not be tolerated, Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported on Saturday.

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Govt. Wins Confidence Vote as Hariri Says CEDRE Not Aimed at 'Naturalization'

Saad Hariri’s new government won a vote of confidence in parliament on Friday as the premier stressed that the CEDRE economic conference is not a “bribe” for naturalizing Syrian refugees in the country.

111 out of 128 MPs gave the government their confidence. Six lawmakers meanwhile withheld confidence -- Kataeb’s three lawmakers in addition to Osama Saad, Jamil al-Sayyed and Paula Yacoubian.

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Sayyed Clashes with Hariri, Fatfat as Parliament Resumes Policy Statement Debate

MP Jamil al-Sayyed on Friday engaged in a verbal clash with Prime Minister Saad Hariri, MP Sami Fatfat and a number of Mustaqbal MPs and ministers, as the parliament resumed its debate of the new government's Policy Statement.

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Judge Says Abu Diab Not Killed by ISF, Tawhid Party Slams 'Political' Report

Assistant State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Fadi Akiki announced Friday that the gunshot that killed Mohammed Abu Diab during the Jahliyeh incidents was not fired by the Internal Security Forces.

In a report wrapping up his investigations, Akiki also filed a lawsuit against persons unknown over the death of Abu Diab, who was one of ex-minister Wiam Wahhab's bodyguards.

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Kataeb, LF Officials Laud Raad Apology over Moussawi Remarks

Officials from the Kataeb Party, the Lebanese Forces and other parties on Friday lauded an apology by MP Mohammed Raad, the head of Hizbullah's parliamentary bloc, over remarks voiced Wednesday by MP Nawwaf al-Moussawi.

“If apologizing for a mistake is a virtue, acknowledging each other's martyrs is patriotism. From now on, we should not disagree over the truth: Bashir (Gemayel) is the dream of a people and the martyr of the republic,” MP Nadim Gemayel of the Kataeb bloc tweeted.

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Ammar Lauds Hariri's 'Efforts', Says Hizbullah 'Not Fond of Weapons'

MP Ali Ammar of Hizbullah's parliamentary bloc on Friday voiced appreciation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri and said that Hizbullah is not “fond of killing and weapons.”

“When I read the government's Policy Statement I felt that it rises to the level of national responsibility in its best form,” Ammar said in parliament during a session to debate the Policy Statement.

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