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Naharnet: Saudi Arabia, Qatar Leaders Meet for Reconciliation after Kuwaiti Mediation

Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz held talks on Saturday with Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Jaber al-Sabah and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

Sources told Naharnet that a Kuwaiti mediation succeed in rectifying the ties between Saudi Arabia and Qatar after disputes on regional developments.

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Suleiman: There Is No Independence When Lebanese Groups Fight in Other Countries' Wars

President Michel Suleiman stated on Thursday that there is no independence in the country when armed groups get involved in a neighboring country's war.

“There is no independence when some Lebanese factions disregard national consensus, risk Lebanon's stability and get involved in the fighting in a neighboring country's war,” Suleiman said in a speech he gave on the eve of Independence Day.

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Saudi Says 6 Shells Crash Near Iraq-Kuwait Border

Six mortar rounds crashed into a remote area of northeastern Saudi Arabia near a border triangle with Iraq and Kuwait, without causing damage, a border guard spokesman said Thursday.

General Mohammed al-Ghamidi said Saudi authorities were in "direct contact" with their neighbors to identify the source of Wednesday's shelling and to prevent a repetition.

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Aoun Slams Government Inaction over Bir Hassan Blasts

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun condemned on Tuesday the blasts that targeted the Bir Hassan blasts earlier on Tuesday, questioning the government's failure to convene to tackle this issue.

He said after the Change and Reform bloc's weekly meeting: “President Michel Suleiman and caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati must call cabinet to session in order to address the latest developments.”

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UK, France Strongly Condemn Beirut Blasts: Criminals Must Be Brought to Justice

UK Foreign Minister William Hague condemned the twin bombings that erupted near the Iranian embassy in Beirut on Tuesday, offering his condolences to the families of the victims.

He said in a statement: “I strongly condemn the shocking terrorist attack on the Iranian embassy in southern Beirut that has led to such tragic loss of life.”

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Abadi Accuses Israel of Being behind Beirut Blast: Iran Cultural Adviser Killed in Attack

Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Rokn Abadi confirmed the death of Iranian cultural adviser Sheikh Ibrahim al-Ansari in the twin blasts near the Iranian embassy in Beirut on Tuesday.

He told al-Manar television that al-Ansari died from wounds he sustained in the attack.

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Geagea: Hizbullah is an Unconstitutional and Illegitimate Armed Group

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea noted on Monday that Lebanon's constitution and National Pact make no reference to resistance movements.

He declared during a press conference: “The lack of reference renders Hizbullah an unconstitutional and illegitimate armed group and we will never recognize its legitimacy.”

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Report: 16,000 Syrian Refugees Fled to Lebanon Since Friday

More than 16,000 Syrian refugees have crossed to Lebanon in the past two days fleeing a high-stakes battle, Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) reported Sunday.

The Syrians are walking across valleys and ridges to reach safety in Lebanon. They are packing into wedding halls and waiting for makeshift tents, said Bassel Hujeiri, former mayor of the border town of Arsal where most of the refugees have headed.

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Nasrallah Says Resistance to Emerge 'Stronger' if Iran Deal Sealed, Warns of Targeting Ashura Processions

Hizbullah Chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah assured on Wednesday that the resistance will emerge stronger in case a deal was struck between Iran and international powers currently negotiating over Tehran's nuclear program.

Nasrallah surprised his supporters on Wednesday evening when he made a rare public appearance in the Beirut neighborhood of Rweiss, on the tenth night of Ashura.

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Venezuelan Crowned Miss Universe in Moscow Ceremony

A 25-year-old Venezuelan television presenter, Gabriela Isler, on Saturday was crowned Miss Universe in Moscow in a glittering ceremony.

Judges, including rock star Steven Tyler from Aerosmith, picked the winner from a total of 86 contestants at the show, watched by millions of viewers around the world.

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