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2008-08-15 00:00:14

By Albert Aji Syria and Lebanon agreed Wednesday to establish full diplomatic relations for the first time, taking a step toward healing tensions that have fueled decades of turmoil in Lebanon. Many Lebanese had long seen Damascus' refusal of ties as proof it had not given up claims that its smaller neighbor is part of Syrian territory and still aimed to dominate Lebanon. The deal is a significant symbolic victory for them, acknowledging Lebanon as an independent state. Syria, however,...

2008-08-14 12:00:23

Doha Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel Television in Arabic was observed at 0504 gmt on 14 August to report on Lebanese President Michel Sulayman's visit to Syria "his first since assuming the presidency, and the first by a Lebanese president since the withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon in 2005." The channel carries a three-minute video report by its Damascus bureau chief, Abd-al-Hamid Tawfiq, who starts by saying: "In the first round of their first summit in Damascus, Presidents Al-Asad...

2006-09-05 04:23:16

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A roadside bomb blast killed an escort of a senior Lebanese intelligence officer, who was among five people wounded in the attack near Lebanon's southern city of Sidon on Tuesday, police said. Police had earlier reported two of the officer's companions had been killed by a bomb planted in their car. The officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Samir Shehadeh, holds a senior post in the Interior Ministry's intelligence branch and has played a leading role in Lebanon's...

2006-09-05 03:46:53

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A senior Lebanese intelligence officer was seriously wounded and two companions were killed by a bomb that exploded in their car near the southern city of Sidon on Tuesday, security sources said. The officer, identified as Colonel Samir Shehadeh, works for the Interior Ministry's intelligence branch. Police said one of the two men killed was in uniform, the other in plainclothes. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack in the coastal village of...

2006-08-17 12:34:16

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Anti-Syrian Lebanese leaders accused Syria on Thursday of trying to exploit the war between Hizbollah and Israel for its own gain after Damascus partly blamed them for the conflict. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday likened anti-Syrian Lebanese politicians who make up the majority in parliament to former leaders who concluded a 1983 peace deal with Israel that was never ratified. He blamed them for the 34-day war ended this week by a truce. "Israel is...

2006-07-04 01:16:39

BEIRUT (Reuters) - One person was killed and five were wounded in a firefight between followers of rival Lebanese Druze leaders on Tuesday, security sources said. They said the overnight clash began when supporters of pro-Syrian former minister Wiam Wahhab were plastering posters in the village of Jahiliyah, southeast of Beirut, sparking a dispute with followers of Druze chieftain Walid Jumblatt, a fiery critic of Damascus. Lebanese army units moved in and ended the clash, the...

2006-06-15 15:49:28

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Thursday extended for another year the mandate of the international commission investigating the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. A resolution adopted unanimously by the 15-nation council also authorized the commission to delve more deeply into a related investigation of 14 other bomb attacks in Lebanon that investigators suspect are linked to Hariri's assassination. The council acted after chief...

2006-04-26 12:35:23

(Please read in first paragraph ...the February 14, 2005, assassination ... instead of ... the February 14 assassination.) A corrected story follows WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Wednesday issued an order blocking the assets of anyone connected with the February 14, 2005, assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. Bush in a statement said the new order blocks the property and interest of anyone determined to have been involved in Hariri's...

2006-04-26 13:12:15

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Wednesday issued an order blocking the assets of anyone connected with the February 14, 2005, assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. Bush in a statement said the new order blocks the property and interests of anyone determined to have been involved in Hariri's assassination and that additional steps were being taken "concerning certain actions of the government of Syria." A U.N. report last year implicated...

2006-04-25 08:16:01

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis DAMASCUS (Reuters) - The chief U.N. investigator interviewed President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday over Syria's alleged role in the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, a source in Syria's ruling Baath Party said. "The meeting has ended and Brammertz returned to Lebanon," the source told Reuters. Brammertz is in charge of a United Nations investigation into the killing of Hariri and 22 others in a truck bombing in Beirut in February 2005....


Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.