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U.S. Officer Asks for Clarifications from Lebanese Army on Maroun al-Ras Incident

A U.S. Army Brigadier General has asked for clarifications from the Lebanese army leadership on the incident in the border town of Maroun al-Ras on Nakba Day, a U.S. embassy statement said.

John W. Charlton, the Deputy Director for Middle East Political-Military Affairs in the Policy and Plans Directorate of the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, visited Lebanon on May 19-20 to hold discussions with the Lebanese army leadership on bilateral military programs, it said.

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U.S. Couple Pleads Guilty in Hizbullah Funding Case

A married couple pleaded guilty Monday to charges that they planned to ship money to Hizbullah, which the United States lists as a terrorist organization.

The plea deal will spare Hor and Amera Akl from potential life sentences.

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Gadhafi Must Leave Libya, U.S. Says, As Feltman Visits Rebels

The United States on Monday called on Moammar Gadhafi to leave Libya as Washington's most senior envoy to date held talks in the rebel capital in another boost to forces fighting to oust the strongman.

Washington's call came a day after the European Union opened an office in the rebel bastion of Benghazi to show its "long term" support to the rebels who took their diplomatic offensive to NATO's sole Muslim member Turkey.

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Report: Nasrallah to Address Syria Turmoil, Obama’s Speech on Liberation Day

Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is expected for the first time to address the situation in Syria during a speech on the occasion of Liberation Day on Wednesday.

Syrian President Bashar Assad, who along with Iran is Hizbullah’s main backer, is facing a nine-week uprising against his regime.

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Obama Accuses Hizbullah of Exercising 'Political Assassination'

U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday accused Hizbullah of exercising "political assassination," as he condemned Iran's support for "extremists" in the region.

Speaking at the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC Policy Conference, Obama pointed to Iranian "hypocrisy" in "claiming to support the rights of protesters" in the region "while treating its own people with brutality."

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Obama Says U.S. Commitment to Israel Security 'Ironclad',‎ Vows Pressure on Iran

U.S. President Barack Obama vowed Sunday to "keep up pressure" on Iran to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons and forcefully defended his call for an Israeli-Palestinian peace based on pre-1967 frontiers, suggesting critics had misrepresented him.

Outlining U.S. and U.N. sanctions imposed on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's regime, Obama said Iran is now "virtually cut off from large parts of the international financial system."

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Obama Says he'd Repeat bin Laden Raid if Necessary

U.S. President Barack Obama said Sunday that he would order another covert military raid like that which killed Osama bin Laden if it was necessary to stop terrorist attacks.

Pakistan is furious that that United States sent Navy SEALs to raid bin Laden's Pakistan hideaway earlier this month without informing Pakistani authorities.

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Report: King Abdullah II Fears U.S. Will Ask him to Step Down

Jordan's King Abdullah II has reportedly expressed fear that the Obama administration would conspire against him and ask him to give up his powers if he doesn’t implement reforms.

Israeli daily Maariv has said that the king made the remark in a dialogue with Jewish organizations in Washington during his visit to the U.S. this week.

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Netanyahu 'Values' Obama Call for Peace

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he shared U.S. President Barack Obama's vision for peace in remarks appeared aimed at defusing a deepening row with the U.S. leader.

"I am partner to the president's desire to foster peace and I value his efforts in the past and the present to achieve this goal," said Netanyahu, reacting to Obama's speech to the main pro-Israel lobby in Washington.

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Obama on Mideast: 2 Leaders Stepped Aside, More May Follow, Repression Won't Work

U.S. President Barack Obama declared Thursday that the borders of Israel and a Palestinian state must be based on 1967 lines, likely setting up a new clash with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In a long-awaited survey of the "Arab spring" of revolts, Obama compared "shouts of human dignity" across the region to America's birth pangs and civil rights struggles, and said the uprisings showed repression would not work.

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