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Oct 22, 2012

Gunbattles flare in Lebanon as political crisis deepens

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Lebanese army promised decisive action to quell unrest linked to the Syria conflict as gunbattles flared in the capital Beirut and elsewhere on Monday after the assassination of a senior intelligence officer last week.

The army command urged political leaders to be cautious in their public statements so as not to inflame passions further.

Oct 22, 2012

Clashes break out in Beirut after slain official’s funeral

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Gunmen exchanged fire in southern districts of Beirut overnight after the state funeral of an assassinated Lebanese intelligence chief ended in violence when angry mourners broke away and tried to storm the offices of Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

Sunday’s clashes fed into a growing political crisis in Lebanon linked to the civil war in neighboring Syria.

Oct 21, 2012

Violence erupts in Beirut after slain official’s funeral

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Violence erupted in downtown Beirut on Sunday as protesters tried to storm the offices of Prime Minister Najib Mikati after the funeral of an assassinated intelligence chief whose death they blame on Syria.

Security forces shot into the air and police fired tear gas to repulse the hundreds of protesters who overturned barriers and threw stones and steel rods, witnesses said.

Oct 21, 2012

Syria denounced at Beirut funeral rally for slain official

BEIRUT, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Thousands of people gathered in
central Beirut on Sunday for the funeral of an assassinated
senior intelligence officer, accusing Syria of involvement in
the killing and calling for Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati
to quit.

Heavily armed troops and police stood guard as people
flocked to Martyrs’ Square in central Beirut.

Oct 21, 2012

Thousands gather for Beirut funeral of slain official

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Thousands of people gathered in central Beirut on Sunday for the funeral of an assassinated senior intelligence officer, accusing Syria of involvement in the killing and calling for Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati to quit.

Heavily armed troops and police stood guard as people flocked to Martyrs’ Square in central Beirut.

Oct 20, 2012

Lebanese PM suspects assassination linked to bomb plot

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Prime Minister Najib Mikati said on Saturday he suspected the assassination of a senior Lebanese intelligence chief was linked to his role in uncovering Syrian involvement in an earlier bomb plot.

As fear and anger gripped Lebanon over Friday’s car bomb attack, Mikati also said the president had asked him to stay in his post despite his offer to resign and make way for a national unity government.

Oct 20, 2012

Lebanon on edge after car bomb kills security chief

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said on Saturday he had been asked by the president to stay in his post as fear and anger over the assassination of a senior intelligence chief opposed to the Syrian leadership gripped the country.

Mikati told a news conference in the presidential palace that he had offered his resignation to President Michel Suleiman to make way for a government of national unity, but had been asked to remain in office for the time being.

Oct 15, 2012

Peace envoy seeks Iranian help for Syria ceasefire

BEIRUT, Oct 15 (Reuters) – International peace envoy Lakhdar
Brahimi appealed to Iran to help arrange a ceasefire in Syria
during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha as rebels and
government forces fought street by street and village by village
on Monday.

Brahimi made the request in talks with Iranian leaders on
Sunday in Tehran, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s closest
regional ally in his campaign to crush a 19-month-old uprising.

Oct 15, 2012

Turkey bans Syrian planes from its air space

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) – Turkey has banned all Syrian aircraft from its air space as it takes an increasingly firm stance against President Bashar al-Assad, while Syrian rebels said on Sunday they had made more gains in a key province near the Turkish border.

Human Rights Watch said Syrian government forces had dropped Russian-made cluster bombs over civilian areas in the past week as they battled to reverse rebel advances, an act which rights groups say can constitute a war crime.

Oct 14, 2012

Turkey bans Syrian planes from its air space, rebels gain

BEIRUT/AMMAN, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Turkey has banned all
Syrian aircraft from its air space as it takes an increasingly
firm stance against President Bashar al-Assad, while Syrian
rebels said on Sunday they had made more gains in a key province
near the Turkish border.

Human Rights Watch said Syrian government forces had dropped
Russian-made cluster bombs over civilian areas in the past week
as they battled to reverse rebel advances, an act which rights
groups say can constitute a war crime.

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      "Angus MacSwan has reported for Reuters for 25 years from Asia, Latin America, the United States, the Middle East, South Africa and the Balkans. He has covered events from the overthrow of President Marcos in the Philippines in 1986 to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. He stood next to Archbishop Desmond Tutu when he voted in South Africa's first free election and witnessed the arrival of the first prisoners to the U.S. camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."
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