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Lebanon to hold parliamentary consultation to form new government | Xinhua

BEIRUT, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) — Lebanese President Michel Sleiman will launch mandatory consultations next Monday to form a new government after the resignation of ministers affiliated with Shiite armed group Hezbollah brought down Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s cabinet. “The consultations will start at noon (10:00 GMT) Monday,” Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri told reporters after meeting the president. Hezbollah has fought ...

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The Daily Star – Politics – U.S. denies deterring Saudi Arabia in efforts with Syrians | The Daily Star – Lebanon

BEIRUT: The United States did not discourage Saudi Arabia from pursuing efforts with Syria to break Lebanon’s political impasse and blames Hizbullah for nurturing the current crisis, a U.S. diplomatic source told The Daily Star Wednesday. “We did not discourage the Saudis in their efforts with the Syrians,” said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “The U.S. continues ...

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Syria-Saudi fail on Hariri deal – Al Jazeera

Syria and Saudi Arabia have failed to broker an agreement aimed at easing political tensions in Lebanon over the international investigation into the assassination of Rafiq al-Hariri, a former prime minister. The efforts by the two regional powers, who have previously backed rival blocs in Lebanon, had been seen as the best chance of avoiding unrest if, as expected, the ...

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‘Asian Gaza caravan crosses through Rafah into Gaza’ | The Jerusalem Post

The “Asia to Gaza Solidarity Caravan” that began in India and passed through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt arrived in the Gaza Strip Monday, according to PressTV. Over 100 activists gathered at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Strip. Eight activists arrived onboard one of the convoy’s ships, the remainder flew to Egypt from various countries, ...

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Lebanon’s Fall? by Paul Salem

Tensions in Lebanon are running high as Prime Minister Saad Hariri refuses to capitulate to Hizbollah’s demands to denounce the UN-backed investigation into the assassination of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri. In a Q&A, Paul Salem describes how all sides are bracing for the findings, how regional powers—Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Syria—are influencing developments, and how the United States views ...

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Lebanese PM Saad Hariri warns of ‘disaster’ in Mid-East

Lebanese PM Saad Hariri has said the Middle East is “heading towards disaster” if peace cannot be reached between Israel and the Arab world. Mr Hariri told the BBC’s Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen that the current situation was allowing extremism to flourish. He said the whole world was paying the price for Israel’s policies on the Palestinians. Read: BBC News ...

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Britain: Hizbullah’s arms threaten peace process

‘You can’t have genuine security and progress unless people can be convinced that there is justice’ Hizbullah’s continued possession of non-state weapons risks torpedoing the stuttering peace process, the British government has said. Foreign Office spokesperson Barry Marston warned this week continued tension in south Lebanon, derived largely from the existence of contraband arms, was “potentially damaging” to lasting regional ...

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Hezbollah Warns Against Aiding Rafik Hariri Tribunal

The leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, issued a stern warning on Thursday night against any cooperation with the international tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, putting new pressure on Lebanon’s fragile coalition government. Read: Hezbollah Warns Against Aiding Rafik Hariri Tribunal – NYTimes.com.

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Hezbollah calls on Lebanese to boycott Hariri court

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah urged all Lebanese on Thursday to boycott the international investigation into the 2005 killing of statesman Rafik al-Hariri and accused investigators of sending information to Israel. via Reuters AlertNet – Hezbollah calls on Lebanese to boycott Hariri court.

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