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EU Allots €5 Million in Aid to Syria Refugees, Lebanon Host Communities

The European Union on Friday announced “additional €5 million to support the needs of Syrian refugees and their Lebanese host communities.”

“With the influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon some of the most deprived communities in the country are suffering from an additional strain on their already limited resources. The European Union is committed to ensure that these host communities in particular, are able to mitigate the impact of this unprecedented influx in the medium to long term,” the Delegation of the European Union in Lebanon said in a statement.

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AFP Photographer Beaten in Clash between Asir Supporters, Passersby

Members of the Internal Security Forces beat an Agence France Presse photographer on Thursday while he covered a clash that erupted during a sit-in organized by Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir on Sidon’s seaside road.

"When the protesters cut off Sidon's main road, a skirmish broke out between those participating in the sit-in and passers-by," said the photographer, Mahmoud Zayat.

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Miqati to Join London 2012 Ceremony as 10 Athletes Represent Lebanon at Games

Prime Minister Najib Miqati headed on Thursday to London to join the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games as 10 Lebanese athletes will participate in various games.

According to An Nahar newspaper, the premier will be accompanied by Youth and Sports Minister Faisal Karami.

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Lieberman: Israel to Act if Syrian Chemical Weapons Fall in Hizbullah Hands

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Wednesday that Israel will act immediately if it discovers that Syria transferred chemical or biological weapons to Hizbullah.

Lieberman told Israel Radio: "For us, that's a casus belli, a red line."

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Jumblat: Nasrallah Was Better Off Not Referring to Symbol of Syrian Oppression as Comrade-in-Arms

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat criticized on Monday Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s position on the Syrian crisis, saying that he should have taken a stance towards the Syrian people that is “more in line with the liberation role he played in the South.”

He said in his weekly editorial in the PSP-affiliated al-Anbaa magazine: “He was better off not referring to one of the symbols of oppression against the Syrian people as a comrade-in-arms.”

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EU Hails Lebanese Efforts to Support Syrian Refugees

The European Union expressed on Monday its readiness to continue providing assistance to Lebanon in coping with the burden of harboring refugees fleeing the unrest in neighboring Syria.

It said in a statement after a council meeting on Lebanon: “The EU commends the Lebanese authorities for their efforts to support those fleeing the violence in Syria, and encourages the government of Lebanon to continue meeting its responsibilities in this respect.”

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Barak: Israel Can't Accept Transfer of Advanced Weapons Systems from Syria to Lebanon

Israel will not tolerate the transfer of advanced weapons to Hizbullah, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Sunday, as fears grew about the future of Syria's suspected chemical arsenal.

"The State of Israel cannot accept the transfer of advanced weapons systems from Syria to Lebanon," he said in remarks relayed by his office.

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Hariri Urges Authorities to Take Decisive Stand on Telecom Data Dispute

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri slammed on Saturday the failure to deliver the telecommunications data to the investigations into the assassination attempts against March 14 leaders.

He said via Twitter: “This is simply unacceptable and requires that Lebanese authorities at the highest level take a stand on this critical national issue.”

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STL Sets March 25, 2013 as Tentative Date for Hariri Trial

Special Tribunal for Lebanon Pre-Trial Judge Daniel Fransen issued on Thursday an order setting March 25, 2013 as a tentative date for trial to start in the Ayyash et al case, announced the tribunal in a statement.

“The order provides the parties and the victims' legal representatives with a concrete starting date allowing them to continue preparing for trial,” explained the statement.

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Netanyahu Accuses Hizbullah of Bulgaria Attack as FBI Joins Probe

Bulgarian investigators worked with the FBI and Interpol Thursday to identify the suicide attacker behind a deadly bombing on a bus carrying Israeli tourists, as Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu said the attack "was perpetrated by Hizbullah" and Iran denied involvement.

The attack "was perpetrated by Hizbullah, Iran's leading terrorist proxy," said Netanyahu, describing the Lebanese group as "the long arm of Iran."

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