News The roadside bomb attack that killed the Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in Beirut in February 2005

Nine years ago, Lebanon’s Prime Minister was murdered. But his alleged killers won’t be at the tribunal in The Hague as they haven’t been arrested. Robert Fisk says history shows the guilty will never face justice

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Mourners demand answers over fate of cameraman killed on the Lebanese border

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Security has been stepped up across Israel following bomb attacks on its diplomats in India and Georgia.

Joan Smith: The opposition in Syria needs our help, and now

Here is the brutal truth about Syria: no one knows what to do. Six months after Barack Obama said bluntly that Bashar al-Assad should go, and with the Arab League calling for him to resign, there is no sign that the country's President is willing to listen. Two days ago, on the 30th anniversary of the massacre carried out by his father Hafez al-Assad in the city of Hama, the younger Assad ordered the Syrian army to bombard residential areas of the country's third largest city, Homs. Shocking TV pictures showed buildings ablaze against the night sky, the wounded rushed to makeshift casualty stations inside mosques.

Hezbollah exposes 'undercover CIA officers' on Lebanese TV

The militant group Hezbollah has revealed the identities of CIA officers working undercover in Lebanon, a blow to agency operations in the region and the latest salvo in an escalating spy war.

Rocket fired from Lebanon at Israel falls short

A rocket fired from Lebanon toward Israel fell short, wounding a Lebanese woman, the Lebanese army said today.

Lebanon: UN says four Hezbollah soldiers killed Hariri

The UN-backed special court investigating the former Lebanese prime minister Rafic Hariri's murder yesterday published the 47-page indictment against four members of the Iranian-backed Shia militia Hezbollah for alleged involvement in the truck bombing that killed him in 2005.

Suspected killers of Hariri revealed

The UN-backed Lebanon tribunal yesterday released the names, photographs and details of four men wanted for killing statesman Rafik al-Hariri, saying it acted in an effort to bring about their arrest.

Syria troops 'fire on protesters'

Syrian security forces killed at least 17 protesters as hundreds of thousands flooded the streets nationwide in the largest anti-government demonstrations since the uprising began more than four months ago, witnesses and activists said.

Robert Fisk: UN blames Hezbollah for Hariri bomb murder

More than six years after ex-prime minister Rafiq Hariri was blown up by a truck bomb on the Beirut Corniche along with 21 other Lebanese, a UN Special Tribunal has blamed four Hezbollah officials for the assassination and issued arrest warrants for the quartet.

Hezbollah gains cabinet majority

Five months after Hezbollah and its allies brought down the Lebanese government, the Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, formed a new cabinet yesterday that gives the Iranian-backed militant group far more power.

15 wounded in Gaza during Palestinian march

Israel fired two tank shells and several rounds from machine guns as Gazans approached the heavily fortified border with Israel on Sunday, wounding at least 15 youths, a Palestinian health official said. One of the wounded was in critical condition.

Syrian cabinet resigns amid unrest, says state TV

Syria's Cabinet resigned today to help quell a wave of popular fury that erupted more than a week ago, threatening President Bashar Assad's 11-year rule in one of the most authoritarian nations in the Middle East.

Bahrain forces quash protests

Small protests broke out in Bahrain's capital for a planned "Day of Rage" today despite a ban under martial law imposed last week, but were quickly crushed by security forces fanned out across Manama.

Israeli navy intercepts Egypt-bound ship with arms

Israel intercepted a ship carrying a large delivery of arms off the country's Mediterranean coast today, saying the shipment included sophisticated weaponry sent by Iran and Syria for Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

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