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Maronite Bishops Fear Ongoing Tension Could Spill Out into Streets

he Council of Maronite Bishops on Wednesday expressed fear that ongoing tension could spill out into the streets and called on everybody to rally behind State institutions.

"The difficult circumstances in the region calls for caution and unifying ranks," said a statement read by father Joseph Bwari at the end of the CMB's monthly meeting.

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Berri Threatens to Uncover Violations of Law if Political Rhetoric Does Not Stop

Speaker Nabih Berri warned that he will uncover a set of violations of the law if political rhetoric does not stop.

"I will hold a press conference if things go on like this and explain in detail before the Lebanese the violations that are taking place at some (public) departments," he said in remarks published Wednesday by the daily An-Nahar.

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Hariri: We Won't Let Rafik Hariri's Blood Go Waste

Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Wednesday warned that Lebanon will "not let the blood of Premier Rafik Hariri go waste."

Hariri, during Mustaqbal Movement's politburo meeting, underlined the importance of "ensuring internal stability and rallying behind Constitutional institutions in order to spare the Lebanese the atmosphere of chaos and out of respect for Arab's keenness on Lebanon's stability," his office said in a statement.

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Muallem Says STL to Accuse Hizbullah, Warns of Sectarian Violence over Indictment

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said the Special Tribunal for Lebanon has been irredeemably "politicized," and warned that accusing Hizbullah of ex-PM Rafik Hariri's murder will plunge Lebanon into a new round of sectarian violence.

Damascus has "received word that members of Hizbullah were soon to be formally charged with the assassination," Muallem said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal from New York.

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Jumblat: Mutual Understanding is Needed

Druze leader Walid Jumblat said a mutual understanding is needed among the various political leaders.

"Reaching understandings is our main concern," Jumblat said in remarks published Tuesday by the daily As-Safir.

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Sfeir Concerned by Challenges that Weaken Lebanon Position

Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir on Monday was quoted as saying that Israeli leaks about the indictment to be issued by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon suggested that the Court was being politicized.

President of the General Maronite Council, former Cabinet Minister Wadih Khazen, said after meeting Sfeir that the Patriarch also expressed concerns over the "challenges that weaken the Lebanese position at these critical conditions."

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Aoun Holds Talks with Assad on Lebanese Developments, Efforts to End Tension

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun held talks on Saturday with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria on Lebanese developments and efforts aimed at ending the tensions between the various Lebanese sides, reported the Syrian News Agency, SANA.

The efforts are aimed at guaranteeing Lebanon's stability and security and bolster understanding between the Lebanese, it reported.

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Saqr: Saudi-Syrian Safety Net is Aimed at Preventing Internal Explosion

MP Oqab Saqr stressed on Saturday that the Saudi-Syrian safety net is aimed at preventing an explosion on the internal Lebanese scene, but it is not aimed at addressing every single statement that is issued.

"We believe that this net serves Lebanon's interest first and foremost, which lifts a great burden off the Lebanese's shoulders," he told the daily Asharq al-Awsat.

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Geagea to Launch Important Initiative towards Aoun's Supporters during LF Festival

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea is expected to launch a "significant" initiative towards supporters of Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun, prominent LF sources told the daily An Nahar Saturday.

Geagea is expected to make his stand during the Lebanese Forces festival honoring its martyrs scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

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Karam Admitted to Hospital, Security Forces Says No Cause for Concern

Alleged Israeli spy Fayez Karam was admitted to Hotel Dieu Hospital on Thursday morning for routine tests that will last 24 hours.

The Internal Security Forces general directorate issued a statement saying that he is in stable condition and there is no cause for concern.

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