Speaker Nabih Berri heads a Parliament session in Beirut, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday called on the international community to support the region in its battle against terrorism, adding that Lebanon had not yet received enough aid to help it cope with the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis.Berri urged the international community to boost support to Lebanon through the International Support Group for Lebanon and the World Investment Forum.More than 1.1 million Syrian refugees and 42,000 Palestinians from Syria have officially registered with UNHCR and UNRWA respectively in Lebanon, although the unofficial figure is known to be higher.It said Bassil and Hale had also discussed assistance to the Army.Hariri told Bassil that the Future Movement was now considering a consensus presidential candidate, and said once again that FPM leader Michel Aoun was not an option, according to the sources.The sources said the March 14 coalition had made a final decision to drop its support for Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea as a presidential candidate, but would only officially announce its stance after reaching an agreement with the March 8 alliance, particularly the Amal Movement and Hezbollah, on a consensus candidate.
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