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Nicola: Geagea was Released from Prison Thanks to Aoun

Change and Reform MP Nabil Nicola on Thursday said Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea was released from prison "thanks to" FMP chief Michel Aoun and his MPs.

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Abul Gheit Denies Egypt Arming Lebanese Groups

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit denied Cairo was arming Lebanese Sunni groups.

He also denied Egypt was training or financing these groups.

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Houri: A Governmental Change at this Stage Will Take Us to the Unknown and Cause More Concerns

Mustaqbal bloc MP Ammar Houri stated on Thursday that the AMAL ministers' withdrawal from Cabinet on Wednesday would not have an effect on the situation in government.

He told Voice of Lebanon radio that any talk of a governmental change during this current phase would lead the country to the unknown and cause more concern.

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March 14: Lebanese Fed up with Hizbullah Threats, Militia-Style Practices

The majority March 14 coalition stressed on Wednesday that the Lebanese were fed up with "daily Hizbullah threats and militia-style practices."

It said after the weekly meeting of its general-secretariat that the practices "will not intimidate the Lebanese or dissuade them from committing to the accomplishments of the independence intifada and its gains."

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Lebanon Geagea to Aoun: I Didn't Predict a Disgraceful End for You Such as the one We are Witnessing Today

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea criticized on Wednesday Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun, saying: "I did not expect you to reach such a low level and for you to call on your allies to militarily attack your Christian opponents."

"I did not expect you to make up so many lies … Tell me General, do the LF or your allies posses weapons? Are the LF or you calling on the people to civil disobedience against the legitimate legal and security authorities?" he said.

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Saudi Arabia Stresses Solution for Lebanon Lies on Internal Scene: No Comment on Syrian Arrest Warrants

Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Assiri stressed on Tuesday that a solution to the crisis in Lebanon lies on the country's internal scene, adding that the Kingdom is keen on ensuring Lebanon's stability.

He made his statements after meeting with House Speaker Nabih Berri.

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Berri: Sluggish Dealing with False Witnesses Led to Syrian Arrest Warrants

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said the "unjustified sluggish" dealing with the false witnesses issue has led Syria to issue arrest warrants against 33 people, including Lebanese and Arabs, over the 2005 probe into ex-PM Rafik Hariri's assassination.

He said Justice Minister Ibrahim Najjar was tasked Aug.1 8 to study the false witnesses case and present a report on an appropriate mechanism to follow up on this issue.

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France again Postpones Hariri Murder Reenactment

France has postponed for the second time reenactment of the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, LBC reported.

The reenactment was set to take place at a military base in Captieux, in the Gironde region, southwest France Oct. 5-6.

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Syria Summons '4 Generals' for Hearing in False Witnesses Case, Sayyed Denies Receiving Hearing Orders

The Syrian military judiciary on Tuesday summoned the four Lebanese generals -- who served four years in prison on suspicion of involvement in the murder of ex-PM Rafik Hariri – for hearing as witnesses in the case against "the two false witnesses" Mohammed Zuheir Siddiq and Fares Khashan.

The Four Generals are Jamil Sayyed, Ali al-Hajj, Raymond Azar and Mustafa Hamdan who respectively headed the General Security Department, the Internal Security Forces, Military Intelligence and the Presidential Guards Brigade.

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U.N. Under-Secretary-General Asks Cassese Not to Grant Sayyed Access to Investigation Documents

U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Patricia O'Brien filed a request with Judge Antonio Cassese, President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, asking him to refrain from granting Maj. Gen. Jamil Sayyed access to investigation documents.

O'Brien based her request on "the inviolability of the archives and documents of the United Nations."

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