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June 12, 2000 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rumors of Syrian President Hafez Assad's demise were so prevalent in the last decade, the premature mourning--and celebrations--so commonplace, that when death finally came to the strongman, the Lebanese simply could not believe it. Shock, fear and uncertainty hung over this humid seafront capital Sunday as Lebanese Muslims and Christians struggled with what the passing of Lebanon's de facto ruler would mean for their country.
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March 15, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Lebanese students took to the streets to demand an end to Syria's military and political dominance of their nation. "We want to speak the truth! We cannot bear Syria!" shouted the approximately 3,000 students who marched out of Lebanese University in Beirut, the capital. Lebanese forces were deployed in Beirut in anticipation of protests to mark 1989's failed "liberation war" by Maronite Christian army Gen. Michel Aoun against Syria.
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February 25, 1987 | Associated Press
Syrian troops enforcing a truce in embattled West Beirut killed 22 pro-Iranian Hezbollah militiamen Tuesday in hand-to-hand combat, police and hospital authorities said. A hospital official said all the Hezbollah fatalities were "axed or bayoneted to death." Police said the Syrians clashed with fighters of Hezbollah, or Party of God, in Muslim West Beirut's neighborhood of Basta at about 9:15 p.m. The mortally wounded Hezbollah fighters were rushed to the Muslim-controlled Beirut Hospital.
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June 12, 2000 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rumors of Syrian President Hafez Assad's demise were so prevalent in the last decade, the premature mourning--and celebrations--so commonplace, that when death finally came to the strongman, the Lebanese simply could not believe it. Shock, fear and uncertainty hung over this humid seafront capital Sunday as Lebanese Muslims and Christians struggled with what the passing of Lebanon's de facto ruler would mean for their country.
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March 15, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Lebanese students took to the streets to demand an end to Syria's military and political dominance of their nation. "We want to speak the truth! We cannot bear Syria!" shouted the approximately 3,000 students who marched out of Lebanese University in Beirut, the capital. Lebanese forces were deployed in Beirut in anticipation of protests to mark 1989's failed "liberation war" by Maronite Christian army Gen. Michel Aoun against Syria.
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April 3, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Syria distanced itself from a top Lebanese official's suggestion that Syrian troops might be deployed at the Israeli-Lebanese border after an Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon. Lebanese Defense Minister Ghazi Zaytar's remarks had alarmed Israel. However, Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk Shareh, on a visit to Beirut, made it clear that Syria did not endorse Zaytar's suggestion.
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May 1, 2000 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Polished and meticulous, publisher Gebran Tueni of the newspaper An Nahar projects the very image of the modern and prosperous Lebanon that he would like to build. And in a recent open letter that startled nearly everyone here with its boldness, he laid out a vision of the future that his country's Syrian "protectors" could not have welcomed.
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December 6, 1994 | Associated Press
At Syria's urging, Prime Minister Rafik Hariri agreed Monday to stay in power, defusing the worst political crisis in Lebanon since civil war ended four years ago. The decision followed 2 1/2 hours of talks with President Hafez Assad of Syria and underscored his control over Lebanon. Political corruption scandals and Cabinet rifts pushed Hariri to resign Thursday. But aides, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Monday that he would return home to resume his duties.
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August 30, 1992 | Times Wire Services
Lebanon's Syrian-backed government Saturday suspended voting in a major Christian area north of Beirut after candidates withdrew their names from ballots in a bid to derail the first Lebanese general election in 20 years. The minority Christians, who dismiss the election as a ploy by Syria to extend its influence over the country, closed down much of eastern Beirut and Mt. Lebanon on the second day of a three-day protest strike.
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October 19, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Syrian troops Thursday left the government buildings they occupied after crushing rebel Christian Maj. Gen. Michel Aoun, and police said the final toll from last week's air and ground assault by Syrian and Lebanese troops on Aoun's forces stood at 350 dead and 1,200 wounded. However, doctors at East Beirut hospitals and military officials said the death toll was more than twice that high, with at least 750 killed, the New York Times reported.
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May 1, 2000 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Polished and meticulous, publisher Gebran Tueni of the newspaper An Nahar projects the very image of the modern and prosperous Lebanon that he would like to build. And in a recent open letter that startled nearly everyone here with its boldness, he laid out a vision of the future that his country's Syrian "protectors" could not have welcomed.
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April 3, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Syria distanced itself from a top Lebanese official's suggestion that Syrian troops might be deployed at the Israeli-Lebanese border after an Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon. Lebanese Defense Minister Ghazi Zaytar's remarks had alarmed Israel. However, Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk Shareh, on a visit to Beirut, made it clear that Syria did not endorse Zaytar's suggestion.
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January 17, 2000 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Azouri brothers, fresh from a six-month stint in prison, might be considered traitors to their country. They joined an enemy army fighting on behalf of Israel and received paychecks from that force until the day it left town. But then they decided to take their chances: Instead of fleeing, the Azouris turned themselves in to Lebanese authorities, did their time and are home again--out of work but alive.
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October 16, 1998 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With unanimous approval in parliament, Lebanon's popular army commander was elected president Thursday. But the most important vote had already been cast--by Syrian President Hafez Assad. Syria exercises an unofficial, though universally recognized, suzerainty over Lebanon. And Assad gave Gen. Emile Lahoud the nod last week from Damascus.
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February 15, 1997 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Charming neighborhoods and inviting restaurants sprout like crocuses in spring around sophisticated postwar Beirut, and so it was amid the tinkling of crystal and china that the young man told how his father was taken away. His father was a prominent political activist.
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December 6, 1994 | Associated Press
At Syria's urging, Prime Minister Rafik Hariri agreed Monday to stay in power, defusing the worst political crisis in Lebanon since civil war ended four years ago. The decision followed 2 1/2 hours of talks with President Hafez Assad of Syria and underscored his control over Lebanon. Political corruption scandals and Cabinet rifts pushed Hariri to resign Thursday. But aides, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Monday that he would return home to resume his duties.
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September 1, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rival Shiite Muslim militiamen, one group loyal to Iran and the other to Syria, battled in the Bekaa Valley town of Baalbek, 38 miles east of Beirut. Police said 12 were killed and 39 wounded. Fighters of Hezbollah (Party of God) and Amal (Arabic for "hope") traded grenade attacks on each other's command posts, setting them on fire, authorities reported.
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May 18, 1991 | From Associated Press
President Elias Hrawi on Friday won the support of Syrian President Hafez Assad for a treaty regulating the two nations' ties. Once ratified, the treaty will be the first to govern relations between the two countries since Lebanon's independence from France in 1943. The document must be submitted to the Syrian and Lebanese parliaments for ratification before it becomes binding, but neither body is expected to challenge the decision.
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September 3, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Presidents Hafez Assad of Syria and Elias Hrawi of Lebanon met to discuss the Middle East peace process in preparation for Secretary of State Warren Christopher's visit to the region this month. Christopher is trying to revive peace talks between Syria and Israel, which have stalemated since February. Lebanon, which is dominated by Syria, has stressed it will resume talks only when Syria does.
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July 25, 1994 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 25 commandos crept across a field of grapevines thick with foliage, carefully cut the telephone lines to the Dirani house and then burst through the front door and rushed into Mustafa Dirani's bedroom. "Don't worry," they told Dirani's screaming wife as she leaped from the bed. "We are Israel." Dirani's 5-year-old daughter, Tiba, was shoved against the wall. His wife was slapped across the jaw.
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