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Bassil Sets Fee for Subscription to Private Generators at LBP 350/kWh for 5 Amps

Energy and Water Minister Jebran Bassil on Friday set the average subscription fee to private power generation in all Lebanese areas at LBP 350/kWh for the 5 amperes category.

Bassil noted that this measure enables citizens and municipalities to hold accountable the providers of private power generation in the country. However, he added that it also respects the rights of the providers.

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France: Hariri Assassination Reenactment Has Not Taken Place Yet

Informed sources in Paris refuted on Friday media reports that stated that the reenactment of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has taken place.

The sources said: "The reenactment is an experiment aimed at performing a technical study of the effects of the explosion" that targeted Hariri in 2005.

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Saqr: Iran's Allies Must Interpret Ahmadinejad's Statements on Internal Scene as We are Facing Real Danger

MP Oqab Saqr stated on Friday that he is still awaiting an honest response from Hizbullah to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's statements stressing the importance of consensus.

He told MTV: "Iran's allies should implement his statements on the internal scene because we are facing real danger and the Saudi Arabian ambassador had previously informed the Iranian president that destroying unity would serve Israel."

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Adwan: LBC Staff to be Chosen Based on Qualifications

Deputy Lebanese Forces leader George Adwan on Friday said the case won by LBC television station should not affect the employment status.

Addressing LBC staff at a news conference, Adwan stressed that the Lebanese Forces belong to the "school of tolerance."

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Pakradouni: Worsening of False Witnesses Case will Lead to a Great Problem

Former head of the Phalange Party Karim Pakradouni noted Friday the indictment in the investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri will create a governmental crisis, which will not affect the security situation.

He added to NBN television that any worsening in the false witnesses case will lead to a great problem in Lebanon.

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Ahmadinejad Sends Message to U.S. Through Lebanon Visit

Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Lebanon this week sends a message to Washington that Tehran is a key player in the region and cannot be isolated, Lebanese newspapers said on Friday.

"The Americans are being told: 'If you isolate Iran, Iran will corner you in Lebanon and elsewhere'," said an editorial in the independent Arabic-language daily Al-Anwar.

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Mock Israeli Air Raids over South Lebanon

Israeli warplanes on Friday carried out intensive, mock air raids over south Lebanon.

The state-run National News Agency said Israeli jets staged mock air raids at medium attitude over Nabatiyeh, Iqlim al-Tuffah, Marjayoun, Khiam and Arqoub.

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Hariri, Ahmadinejad Discuss Tribunal

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has stressed during a meeting with Prime Minister Saad Hariri on the need for "speedy and direct dialogue between the Lebanese to avoid the effects of the indictment and the International Tribunal, which could be politicized," As-Safir newspaper said Friday.

It said Hariri replied, stressing that he supports dialogue "because it is the only way to address the problems."

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Jumblat: Hariri is Lebanon's Savior, Will Rename Him Should He Resigned

Druze leader Walid Jumblat said Lebanon cannot afford losing Prime Minister Saad Hariri and announced that he will rename him in the event he resigned.

Hariri should stay "in order to save this country," Jumblat told BBC radio.

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Ahmadinejad Vows to Wipe Out Israel, Receives Seized Israeli Rifle from Nasrallah before Leaving Lebanon

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ended a two-day visit to Lebanon by meeting with Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

The overnight meeting took place at the Iranian embassy in Beirut's Bir Hasan neighborhood.

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