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Sethrida Geagea Meets Gemayel: March 14 Will Be United over Presidential Elections

Lebanese Forces MP Sethrida Geagea handed on Monday Kataeb Party chief Amin Gemayel the presidential program of LF leader Samir Geagea, while stressing the unity of the March 14 alliance regarding the presidential polls.

She said after meeting Gemayel at Bikfaya: “The March 14 alliance will be united in its stand over the elections.”

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Mortar Shells Hit near Syrian Parliament, Kill 5

Syria's state-run media say a pair of mortar shells hit near the parliament building in central Damascus, killing five people.

SANA news agency says the mortars struck some 320 feet (100 meters) from the parliament in the Salihiya area of the Syrian capital on Monday morning.

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Somali Lawmaker Killed in Car Bomb in Mogadishu

A Somali lawmaker was assassinated and another wounded on Monday by a car bomb in Mogadishu, the prime minister said, the latest in a series of bomb attacks in the conflict-ravaged capital.

"Somalia has today lost a committed parliamentarian who worked tirelessly to serve the people of Somalia and help rebuild our country," Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed said in a statement, referring to slain MP Isak Mohamed. 

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Saudi Sentences Five to Death over 2003 Qaida Attacks

A Saudi court has sentenced to death five people over deadly 2003 attacks that marked the start of a wave of al-Qaida violence, media reported Monday.

Dozens of Saudis and expats were killed and wounded that year in car bombings that ripped through three residential compounds in Riyadh where foreigners lived.

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Suspected Communist Guerrillas Kill Philippine Mayor

Suspected communist guerrillas disguised in paramilitary-style uniforms shot dead a Philippine mayor Monday as he presided over a flag-raising ceremony at a town hall, police said.

About 20 men took part in the brazen attack, shooting dead Mayor Carlito Pentecostes in the northern town of Gonzaga and then overpowering officers at the scene, said regional police director Chief Superintendent Miguel Laurel.

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Japan Warns over China Ship Seizure

Tokyo on Monday warned that the seizure of a Japanese ship in Shanghai over pre-wartime debts threatened ties with China and could undermine the basis of their post-war diplomatic relationship.

Authorities in Shanghai seized the large freight vessel in a dispute over what the Chinese side says is unpaid bills relating to the 1930s, when Japan occupied swathes of China.

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Geagea Does Not Fear Security Chaos in Case of Presidential Vacuum

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea stated that vacuum in the presidency is possible “should the other camp choose to obstruct the democratic process,” reported al-Jazeera television.

He said in an interview that will be aired on Monday night: “I do not fear security chaos should vacuum arise.”

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British Tourist Killed as Malaysia Bus Plunges into Ravine

A passenger bus plunged into a ravine after leaving a Malaysian island resort, killing a British man and injuring 40 others, mostly foreign tourists, police said Monday.

The chartered bus bound for neighbouring Singapore lost control and skidded, falling into the 10-metre-deep (33 feet) ravine in the east coast state of Pahang on Sunday, district police chief Yahaya Othman said.

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Palestinians Fire Rockets from Gaza into Israel

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired three rockets into Israel on Monday but caused no casualties or property damage, the army said in a statement.

It said the projectiles fell in the Negev desert region of southern Israel.

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Body of EDL Contract Worker Found in Electrical Room in Hay el-Sellom

The body of an Electricite du Liban contract worker was found after being missing for around ten days, the state-run National News Agency reported on Monday.

According to NNA, the body of Ali Ibrahim was found on Sunday overnight laying in an electrical room in a building in the Hay el-Sellom neighborhood of Beirut's southern suburbs.

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