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Tammam Salaam is Lebanon 's Designated PM

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, assigned Lebanese MP Tammam Salam to form the  new  Lebanese government.

Spokesman for the Information Office at the Baabda Palace said in a statement on Saturday : "After completing  parliamentary consultations on the nomination of Prime Minister-designate and consultation by President Suleiman with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and binding parliamentary consultations , President Suleiman summoned Parliamentarian Tammam and asked him to form a new government in Lebanon. "

For his part, Prime Minister-designate said in a statement from Baabda Palace: "I was commissioned to form  the government and accepted this assignment on the ground of binding consultations conducted by President Suleiman."

He explained  he would seek to form a government of  national interest, and to work for all Lebanon , extending thanks to all Lebanese parliamentary blocs who entrusted their confidence in him

He called for the need to get Lebanon out of  political division and fragmentation , stemming from the need to consolidate national visions ,commitment to the Taif Accord and the Constitution.


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Bets on Syria 's Fall are Mistaken–Wahhab

BEIRUT,(ST)_  Leader of  Arab Tawhid Party in Lebanon Weam Wahhab  stressed  that Syria will not fall and that the axis of resistance in the region will not allow that  by all means.

In an interview with al-Mayadeen TV on Friday  Wahhab said : " one who  is betting on the fall of Syria is mistaken and  will not live to see that day."

"The Russian  and Iranian position towards the situation in Syria  is principled," Wahhab said adding  that  "the US and the EU  are not  ready for an adventure in Syria and these two  sides have maintained some reinforcement lanes to maintain the continuation of the fight in Syria  and not to end it  and therefore everyone must go to dialogue in order to preserve the lives of the Syrians."  

"The Arab League can not decide on its own and  those  puppets operating it  will not succeed in toppling Syria  rather, they and  Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will fall at the gates of Damascus ," he emphasized.

Wahhab considered that the Fatwa statement  made by  Walid Junblat, head of the Progressive Socialist Party to kill the  Syrians who support their country and their army's position as exceeding  all red lines,  pointing out that the Muslim  Unitarian community in Syria and Lebanon  is upset  over Junblat Fatwa  and statements will be issued by clergies concerned to this effect.

Wahab stressed that Junblat has no right to speak about freedom in Syria as long as he does not allow freedom of people in his area.

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More Displaced Syrians Returned from Jordan

AMMAN,(ST)_ About 35 thousand displaced Syrians returned from al-Zaatari camp , north-east of Amman to their homeland since the beginning of the crisis to escape from the bad conditions they suffer there.

The media spokesman for the Syrian refugees in Jordan Anmar  Hamoud told  AFP that number of displaced Syrians who returned voluntarily to their country since the beginning of the crisis was 34 thousand and 824.

" Authorities  concerned in Jordan on Thursday secured the return of some 2,500 refugees from Zaatari  camp voluntarily to their country at their request." Hamoud added.

Worthy mentioning  that dozens of Syrians  recently returned  from the Jordanian  refugee camp  voluntarily to their homeland  as a result of the  difficult humanitarian conditions they suffer due to lack of medical and humanitarian services besides acts of  kidnappings, robberies and fires taken place  inside the camp and its surroundings.

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Clashes in Palestinian Injure 21

The third day of protests in the West Bank left 21 wounded, reported sources from the hospital today, while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, accused Israel of causing a third intifada.

So far there  21 people have been hospitalized with symptoms of suffocation, reported here Qabaja Nasser, a spokesman for the Red Crescent branch of the International Red Cross operating in Islamic countries,according to Prensa Latina.

The demonstrations became stronger after the funerals of two teenagers shot by Israeli occupation troops in Tulkarem on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Maisarah Abu Hamdiyeh, Al Fatah leader in Hebron, who died in prison for medical malpractice, according to Palestinian sources.

The neighborhood of Bab al-Zawiya, in the center of Hebron, where protesters confronted the occupying troops with sticks and stones all night, was the scene of the most violent clashes, which were reproduced in other districts of the West Bank.

Witnesses realized clashes in the refugee camps of Al-Arrub and al-Fawwar, north and south of Hebron, and in the towns of Yatta and Halhul, where one protester was seriously injured by a shot in the head .

With its excessive use of force Israel is provoking a third intifada (uprising in Arab) stated Abbas President in a statement released today by the media.


Iranian Commander Warns US, Allies against Possible War in Korean Peninsula

Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces for Cultural Affairs and Defense Publicity Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri warned the US and its allies against the negative consequences of any possible war in the Korean peninsula,according to FNA.

"The US and its allies will suffer great losses if a war breaks out in this region," Jazayeri said on Friday.

He noted that the presence of the Americans in (South) Korea has been the root cause of tensions in the sensitive region of the Korean peninsula both in past and present.

Earlier this week, the North Korean army warned Washington that its military has been cleared to wage an attack using "smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear" weapons.

"The moment of explosion is approaching fast," the military said, warning that war could break out "today or tomorrow".

The statement, carried by the Korean Central News Agency early on Thursday, said troops had been authorized to counter US aggression with "powerful practical military counteractions".

The warning, the latest in a series of escalating threats against the US and South Korea, came after the Pentagon said it would deploy a missile defense system to the US Pacific territory of Guam to strengthen the region's protections against a possible attack.

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel labeled North Korea's recent rhetoric as a threat to the US and its Asia-Pacific allies.