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February 15, 2009 | Raed Rafei
Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese poured into the streets of Beirut on Saturday to remember slain former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The rally on the fourth anniversary of the Sunni leader's assassination came as Lebanese politicians launched campaigns for crucial parliamentary elections, which will pit the nation's Western-backed coalition against the Hezbollah-led camp supported by Iran and Syria.
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January 16, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Four fugitives linked to the Shiite Muslim Hezbollah militia went on trial in the Netherlands in absentia Thursday, facing terrorism and murder charges in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The trial before the United Nations-affiliated Special Tribunal for Lebanon is largely symbolic, as the defendants have evaded capture for nine years and Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah has boasted that they will never be caught. But Hariri's son and fellow former prime minister, Saad Hariri, praised the tribunal for pursuing the men suspected of having plotted the suicide bombing that killed his father and 21 others because of Hariri's steadfast opposition to the presence of Syrian troops in Lebanon.
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July 30, 2011 | By Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
The United Nations-backed international tribunal set up to bring to justice those responsible for the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on Friday published the identities, photographs and background information of four suspects named in the June indictment. The Special Tribunal for Lebanon posted photographs and detailed information on its website about the personal history of the four suspects — identified as Salim Jamil Ayyash, Mustafa Amine Badreddine, Hussein Hassan Oneissi and Assad Hassan Sabra — all of them close associates of Hezbollah, Lebanon's politically powerful Iranian-backed Shiite Muslim militant group.
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August 17, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
International jurists Wednesday released details of how an analysis of cellphone calls led investigators to conclude the Shiite Muslim militia Hezbollah was behind the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri six years ago. The unsealing of the 47-page indictment, which suggests a complicated three-month plot by at least 11 conspirators to trail Hariri for months, establish his travel patterns and then dispatch a suicide bomber...
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December 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The U.N. inquiry on the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has identified suspects and witnesses and found possible links to 14 other slayings and attempted slayings in Lebanon during the last two years, the chief investigator said Tuesday. Belgian prosecutor Serge Brammertz said his investigators agreed with Lebanon's prosecutor general that no suspects or witnesses should be named immediately, to avoid prejudicing any trial.
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February 15, 2005 | Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writer
Former Lebanese prime minister and billionaire construction magnate Rafik Hariri was killed by a massive car bomb Monday afternoon as his motorcade wended through a posh seaside Beirut neighborhood he had helped erect over the ruins of civil war. The blast shook the ground for miles, chewed a crater 3 yards deep in the street and swathed luxury hotels and restaurants in thick black smoke. At least nine people died along with Hariri, and more than 135 were wounded.
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September 6, 2006 | Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writer
A leading investigator in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri narrowly escaped a remote-control bomb attack that targeted his convoy and killed four of his aides and bodyguards Tuesday. The assault threatened renewed instability in this fragile country, which is still languishing under an Israeli blockade and remnants of the military occupation that was prompted by Israel's recent battle with Hezbollah guerrillas. Lt. Col.
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February 15, 2005 | John Daniszewski and Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writers
When Rafik Hariri returned home to Lebanon as prime minister after decades of serving as a building contractor to the Saudi royal family, and getting fabulously rich in the process, he found a country broken spiritually and materially by 15 years of war.
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June 11, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A report from the United Nations team investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri says the team has made "considerable progress" in its work and asks that its mandate be extended by up to one year. Senior-level Syrian officials have been implicated in the 2005 bombing that killed Hariri.
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April 8, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to authorize an international investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The resolution was co-sponsored by the United States, France and Britain. Hariri's Feb. 14 killing in a bombing caused an uproar in Lebanon, sparking massive anti-Syrian street protests. The Lebanese opposition said Syria orchestrated the killing, but Damascus denies any involvement.
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July 30, 2011 | By Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
The United Nations-backed international tribunal set up to bring to justice those responsible for the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on Friday published the identities, photographs and background information of four suspects named in the June indictment. The Special Tribunal for Lebanon posted photographs and detailed information on its website about the personal history of the four suspects — identified as Salim Jamil Ayyash, Mustafa Amine Badreddine, Hussein Hassan Oneissi and Assad Hassan Sabra — all of them close associates of Hezbollah, Lebanon's politically powerful Iranian-backed Shiite Muslim militant group.
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July 1, 2011 | By Alexandra Sandels and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
A United Nations-backed tribunal issued a long-anticipated indictment Thursday in the 2005 truck-bomb assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, a killing that stoked sectarian tensions in the region. The identities of the four suspects were not released, and the indictment remained sealed. But local news reports suggested all four were Lebanese nationals linked to Hezbollah, a major militia and political party backed by Iran and Syria. Syria and Hezbollah have denied any involvement in the highly polarized case.
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January 13, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. offered strong support for Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri as his fragile government collapsed Wednesday over an investigation of the assassination of the former prime minister, his father. Eleven ministers close to Lebanon's Hezbollah-led opposition withdrew from Hariri's Cabinet as the prime minister was in Washington speaking with President Obama. The move plunged Lebanon into a new period of uncertainty, dissolving a political status quo that has prevailed since a May 2008 agreement ended fighting between the country's pro-Western political alliance and a camp backed by Syria and Iran.
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November 28, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Lebanon's prime minister kicked off a three-day visit to Iran on Saturday meant to strengthen economic and political bonds between the United States' chief regional adversary and a nation Washington once upheld as a model for Western-leaning Arab democracy. The first official visit to Iran by Prime Minister Saad Hariri comes as sectarian tensions within Lebanon simmer. An international tribunal is expected to indict members of the Iranian-backed Shiite Muslim militia Hezbollah in the 2005 assassination of his father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, a Sunni Muslim.
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July 31, 2010 | By Meris Lutz, Special to the Los Angeles Times
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and Syrian President Bashar Assad visited Beirut on Friday in a show of unity before an international tribunal's indictments in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The visit appeared to be an attempt to quell anxiety in Lebanon that followed a speech last week by Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the militant group Hezbollah, in which he denied links between his party and Hariri's death. Nasrallah called the tribunal's investigation an "Israeli project."
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July 24, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Reports that a U.N. tribunal will blame the Shiite Muslim militia Hezbollah for the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri have triggered fears of violence in this small, unstable country. Hezbollah chief Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said late Thursday that Saad Hariri, the current prime minister and son of the slain Sunni politician, had told him that United Nations investigators examining the assassination would pin responsibility on "undisciplined members" of Hezbollah.
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December 29, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Syria said it wanted new ground rules for cooperation with a U.N. team investigating the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. "We want to agree on a protocol for cooperation ... and what is required before it can be said that Syria has cooperated fully and unconditionally," Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk Shareh said. A U.N. Security Council resolution ordered Syria in October to cooperate fully or face unspecified consequences.
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May 22, 1995 | Associated Press
Rafik Hariri was reappointed as Lebanon's prime minister Sunday, two days after he resigned, after Syria intervened on his behalf. President Elias Hrawi called on Hariri to form a new Cabinet after consulting most of the National Assembly's 128 members on their choice of premier. Hariri's resignation on Friday was seen as a maneuver to oust Cabinet ministers hindering his plan to rebuild Lebanon.
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September 11, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
Lebanon's U.S.-backed prime minister-designate abruptly quit today, plunging the nation deeper into a political crisis over failed efforts to form a government. Saad Hariri, whose March 14 coalition of political parties trounced a Hezbollah-backed alliance in June 7 elections, announced that he was stepping down from his post after failing to form a Cabinet. He blamed the Syrian- and Iranian-backed opposition for making unreasonable demands. "After a final round of negotiations, it became clear to me that some, with their impossible demands, are in no way going to allow the proposed Cabinet lineup to pass," Hariri, leader of Lebanon's Sunni Muslim community, sadi in a televised statement after meeting with President Michel Suleiman.
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June 28, 2009 | Jeffrey Fleishman
Saad Hariri, the wealthy leader of an American-backed political coalition, was appointed prime minister of Lebanon on Saturday, an indication that the nation's sectarian political parties, at least for now, are cooperating on the contentious task of forming a unity government. Hariri's ascent is the culmination of a political journey that accelerated after the 2005 assassination of his father, Rafik Hariri, a former prime minister and billionaire developer.
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