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Report: US urges Hezbollah restraint after Abdallah's assassination

Washington communicated with caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Speaker Nabih Berri in the wake of Israel’s assassination of senior Hezbollah military commander Taleb Abdallah, a Western diplomatic source said.

The U.S. “stressed the need for restraint, advising that Hezbollah should not be dragged into a miscalculation in its response to the assassination,” the source added, in remarks to the Asharq al-Awsat newspaper.

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Bassil calls for 12 electoral rounds over three days

Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil has noted that he is “not carrying out an initiative, but rather an effort to finalize the presidential juncture.”

“We agree with Speaker Nabih Berri that the priority is for consensus over a president prior to the election, which would give a success chance to the new presidential tenure, contrary to the approach of confrontation,” Bassil said at a press conference that he held to announce the outcome of his meetings.

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Vatican Secretary of State to visit Lebanon next week

Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Parolin is visiting Lebanon next week, after he met at the Vatican last week with French Presidential Envoy Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Parolin and Le Drian discussed the situation in Lebanon, the presidential crisis, and the results of the Quintet's efforts, media reports said.

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Mikati urges world to stop Israel's 'terrorist aggression'

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Friday condemned “the continuation of the Israeli attacks on the south and the deliberate killing of its people.”

During a Cabinet session, Mikati also decried “the destruction of towns and the burning of crops,” calling on the international community to “put an end to the destructive and terrorist aggression.”

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Macron says France, US, Israel working to ease tensions on Lebanon border

French President Emmanuel Macron has said that his country, the United States and Israel would work together to ease tensions along the Israeli-Lebanese border.

France has been making diplomatic efforts to contain the volatile situation since January, as Hezbollah traded daily fire with Israel since the Israel-Hamas war began on Oct. 7.

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Hezbollah shells Kiryat Shmona, Kfar Szold in response to Janata strike

Hezbollah attacked Friday Kiryat Shmona and Kfar Szold with dozens of rockets, in response to an overnight strike that killed 2 women and injured several civilians in south Lebanon.

Hezbollah said in a statement it has targeted the two Israeli settlements with Katyusha and Falaq rockets, in response to the strike on Janata that killed and injured civilians. The group later targeted buildings used by Israeli soldiers in Metula in north Israel, also in retaliation to the Janata strike.

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Israel vows to respond 'with force' to Hezbollah 'aggressions'

Israel vowed to respond forcefully to all Hezbollah attacks after the group fired a barrage of rockets and drones across the border for the second successive day on Thursday.

"Israel will respond with force to all aggressions by Hezbollah," Israeli government spokesman David Mencer said during a press briefing, adding that "whether through diplomatic efforts or otherwise, Israel will restore security on our northern border."

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Bassil wraps up presidential talks by meeting Raad

Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil on Thursday wrapped up his presidential consultative tour by meeting with the head of Hezbollah’s parliamentary bloc, MP Mohammad Raad.

An FPM statement said the two men “discussed the stances of the parties on the call for consultations on the basis of agreeing on a presidential candidate or going to a presidential election.”

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Iraqi FM warns against expanding war on Lebanon

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein on Thursday warned against any major Israeli attack on south Lebanon.

“I discussed with my Iranian counterpart the dangerous signals about the possibility of an attack on south Lebanon and the expansion of the war’s geography,” Hussein said after meeting acting Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani.

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Report: Israel hasn't decided to launch major strike on Hezbollah

Israeli army officials have told Israeli newspaper Haaretz that the Israeli government “has not decided yet whether to launch an extensive military strike on Hezbollah in Lebanon.”

Israel will however “continue to carry out targeted killings and strikes on the group's senior commanders and central compounds,” the officials added.

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