» 02/18/2005, 00.00
VATICAN - LEBANON
Papal telegram to Patriarch Sfeir for Rafik Hariri's death
Deadly bombs mark eve of Hariri assassination anniversary
At least 3 dead and 20 wounded in two bomb explosions that tore two buses apart. Lebanon’s majority parties see the attacks as attempt to thwart tomorrow’s commemoration of the second anniversary of the former premier’s murder.
Divisions and tensions on the eve of the elections on Mount Lebanon and in the Bekaa
Lebanese government dismisses UN report on Hariri killing
UN accuses Syria and Lebanon's security services, but Beirut denies any involvement in the case.
Expectations and contrasting rumours surround UN report on Hariri assassination
Card Sfeir and Saad Hariri discuss the report. Syria complains of a conspiracy, whilst US Assistant Secretary David Welch arrives in Beirut.
18/01/2011 LEBANON – VATICAN
Lebanese Maronite patriarch tenders his resignation to the Pope
Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, 90, told the Pope he wanted to be relieved of his duties. Benedict XVI has not yet decided. Various factors explain the decision, the “psychological barrier” of his age, the hostility of some political parties, and issues within the Maronite Church, the most powerful in Lebanon.
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