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Army given six-month control over Lebanon's Tripoli after clashes

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's government has given the army full responsibility for security in the restive coastal city of Tripoli for six months, caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati told Lebanon's LBC television on Monday. Ten people were killed over the weekend in clashes between militia supporting opposing sides of the Syrian conflict, the latest in regular outbreaks of bloodletting in the city that started during Lebanon's own civil war but have intensified since the Syrian revolt started in 2011.

Lebanon says nine citizens kidnapped in Syria have been released

Nine Lebanese citizens kidnapped by rebels in Syria last year have been freed, Lebanon's Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said Friday. "The nine Lebanese held in Syria are on their way to Turkey," he told AFP. The former hostages "are in a secure place and are ready to enter Lebanon," Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said in a statement, citing the country's security chief.

Lebanon's caretaker PM rejects leading new gov't unless consensus reached

Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Thursday that he will reject leading the new government unless consensual agreement among political parties is reached to nominate him for the post anew."I thank everyone who wanted to name me to lead the new cabinet but I will not accept this honor unless I gained the approval and consensus of all parties," Mikati said in a statement released by his media office."When I submitted my resignation, I had a belief that this would break the political deadlock.

Lebanon opposition eyes premiership

Lebanon's Saudi- and Western-backed opposition eyed a share in power on Thursday as veteran kingmaker Walid Jumblatt voiced support for its candidate as premier to replace the outgoing nominee of the Iran-backed Hezbollah. The opposition March 14 alliance named Tammam Salam as its candidate to replace prime minister Najib Mikati, who quit last month, and his nomination won the support of Jumblatt's Druze-based Progressive Socialist Party giving him the nominal support of at least 67 of the 128 members of parliament.

EU worried after Lebanon PM's resignation

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton voiced concern Saturday over the "deteriorating situation" in Lebanon following the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Mikati the previous day. A statement issued by her office said Ashton "expresses concern at the deteriorating situation in Lebanon" after Miqati's decision to step down.

Clashes in Lebanon as PM Mikati resignation accepted

By Erika Solomon BEIRUT (Reuters) - Clashes were reported in Lebanon on Saturday as outgoing prime minister Najib Mikati called for a "salvation" caretaker government to take over, a day after he resigned due to a political standoff with the Hezbollah movement. Local media reported that President Michel Suleiman accepted Mikati's resignation, a move which could plunge Lebanon into further turmoil and uncertainty three months before a planned parliamentary election.

Lebanese prime minister Mikati resigns

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced the resignation of his government on Friday, citing divisions on several domestic issues, and called for the formation of a national unity government. "I announce the resignation of the government, hoping that this will open the way for the major political blocs to take responsibility and come together to bring Lebanon out of the unknown," Mikati said.

Lebanese prime minister Mikati resigns

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced the resignation of his government on Friday, citing divisions on several domestic issues, and called for the formation of a national unity government. "I announce the resignation of the government, hoping that this will open the way for the major political blocs to take responsibility and come together to bring Lebanon out of the unknown," Mikati said.

Lebanese PM Mikati resigns

Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced the resignation of his government on Friday, citing divisions on several issues, and called for the formation of a national unity government. "I announce the resignation of the government, hoping that this will open the way for the major political blocs to take responsibility and come together to bring Lebanon out of the unknown," Mikati said.

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Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced the resignation of his government on Friday, citing divisions on several issues, and called for the formation of a national unity government. "I announce the resignation of the government, hoping that this will open the way for the major political blocs to take responsibility and come together to bring Lebanon out of the unknown," Mikati said. kam-sah/srm
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