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Geagea Returns from Saudi after Talks with Hariri, Top Officials

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea returned to Beirut on Wednesday evening after a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia.

Geagea's visit involved meetings with the kingdom's top officials, according to his press office.

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Saudi Jails 14 for Plans to Attack U.S. Forces in Qatar

A Saudi court Wednesday condemned 14 people to jail terms of between six months and 23 years, in a second batch of sentences over a plot to attack U.S. forces in neighboring Qatar.

The defendants were convicted of "joining a terrorist cell that aimed to launch a terrorist attack against U.S. forces in Qatar," state news agency SPA said in a statement.

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Saudi Jails 13 for Plan to Attack U.S. Forces, Sentences 2 More to Death for Shiite Protests

A Saudi court has sentenced 13 people, including an Afghan and a Qatari, to between 18 months and 30 years in prison for plotting an al-Qaida attack against U.S. forces.

The defendants were convicted of "forming a terrorist cell" to target American forces in Qatar with hand grenades, rockets and other weapons, official media said after Tuesday's verdicts.

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Extension of Parliament’s Term Inevitable amid Efforts to Persuade Christians

The extension of parliament's mandate has become a foregone conclusion after both Speaker Nabih Berri and al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc leader MP Fouad Saniora hinted that there was no option but to extend the term of lawmakers despite a veto by influential Christian figures.

Saniora told al-Mustaqbal daily in remarks published on Wednesday that he discussed with Berri a day earlier the extension of the legislature's tenure.

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Gemayel Meets in Jeddah with Muqrin, al-Faisal, Hariri

Kataeb Party MP Sami Gemayel held talks Tuesday in Jeddah with Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz and Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal.

Gemayel also met with al-Mustaqbal movement leader MP Saad Hariri, according to a statement issued by Kataeb.

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Twitter 'Source of all Evil', Says Top Saudi Cleric

Twitter is nothing more than "a source of lies" and evil, Saudi Arabia's top Muslim cleric said, in comments that sparked lively debate Tuesday on the micro-blogging site.

"If it were used correctly, it could be of real benefit, but unfortunately it's exploited for trivial matters," Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh said on his "Fatwa" television show broadcast late Monday.

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Pakistani Executed in Saudi for Drug Trafficking

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday beheaded a Pakistani convicted of drug smuggling, the interior ministry announced, bringing to 58 the number of executions in the conservative Muslim kingdom this year.

Baz Mohammed Ghul Mohammed was found guilty of attempting to smuggle a "large amount of heroin" by hiding it in his stomach, the ministry said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency.

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Geagea Heads to Saudi for 'Talks with Top Officials'

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea traveled to Saudi Arabia on Monday evening on an “official visit.”

“The chief of the LF party left this evening for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia via Beirut's airport, on an official visit during which he will meet with top Saudi officials,” Geagea's press office said in a statement.

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Shooting in Eastern Saudi after Cleric's Death Sentence

Gunfire aimed at security forces set fire to an oil pipeline in eastern Saudi Arabia Saturday, official media said, three days after a dissident local Shiite cleric was sentenced to death.

Officers in the Sunni-dominated kingdom "came under heavy gunfire from an unknown source, which led to a limited fire breaking out on a subsidiary oil pipeline," the official SPA news agency said.

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Half-Ton of Smuggled Ivory Seized in Saudi Arabia

Authorities in Saudi Arabia say they have seized half a tonne of ivory being smuggled from Africa to east Asia.

Customs agents at King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh intercepted the shipment, which was in transit, the official SPA news agency said on Saturday.

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