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STL Unveils Audio Recording of 2005 Hariri-Ghazali Meeting

The U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon disclosed Wednesday during a televised session an audio recording for a 2005 meeting that took place at the Qureitem Palace between ex-PM Rafik Hariri and then-chief of Syrian intelligence in Lebanon Rustom Ghazali.

The meeting -- which was also attended by Ad Diyar newspaper editor-in-chief Charles Ayoub -- focused on the electoral law that was being debated for the 2005 parliamentary vote.

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PSP: Taymour to Run Normally in Elections, Remarks on 'Ceding Seat' to Him in May Inaccurate

The Progressive Socialist Party clarified Tuesday afternoon the content of an interview for party chief MP Walid Jumblat with As Safir newspaper, noting that his son, Taymour, will run normally in parliamentary elections “just like other candidates.”

The line saying “Jumblat will hand over his Shouf parliamentary seat to his son Taymour in May” was “inaccurate”, the PSP said in a statement.

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STL Amends Rules of Procedure Pertaining to Excusal of Judges

The judges of the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon have approved at a plenary meeting amendments to the tribunal's Rules of Procedure and Evidence, the court said in a statement on Monday.

“The amendments are designed to improve and streamline the Tribunal’s procedures,” the statement said.

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Czech Ivana Hrdličková Succeeds Baragwanath as STL President

Judge Ivana Hrdličková of the Czech Republic has been elected President of the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon that is probing ex-PM Rafik Hariri's assassination, the STL announced on Wednesday.

She succeeds Judge David Baragwanath of New Zealand.

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Abdullah Azzam Brigades Warn Security Agencies, Call on Sunnis to Defect Army

The Qaida-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades warned the Lebanese security agencies from continuing their war against Sunnis in Lebanon and detaining their youth, considering the apparatuses a direct enemy.

“Any Lebanese security agency that participates in oppressing the Sunnis in Lebanon and Syria will be our direct enemy,” the brigades said in a statement under the title “a message to the Lebanese people, government and army - 2.”

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Ban on Hariri Anniversary: Impunity Will Not Be Tolerated

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday stressed that “impunity will not be tolerated” in the case of the 2005 assassination of former premier Rafik Hariri.

“On the tenth anniversary of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others who lost their lives on that day, the Secretary-General renews his condolences to the families of the victims of this terrorist attack,” Ban's spokesman said.

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Hariri Arrives in Beirut to Mark Assassination of Slain Father

Al-Mustaqbal chief and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived overnight in Lebanon to attend the tenth anniversary of his father's assassination at the BIEL exhibition center in downtown Beirut on Saturday.

According to al-Mustaqbal newspaper, Hariri a leader of the March 14 alliance arrived in Lebanon coming from Riyadh to give a speech at a rally commemorating his slain father.

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Kerry on Hariri Anniversary: No Justification for Retention of Arms by a Militia that Answers to Damascus, Tehran

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday stressed that there is no “justification” for the retention of arms by Hizbullah, as he urged Lebanon's leaders to elect a new president through local efforts.

“Make no mistake: there is no justification for the retention of arms by a militia or terrorist group that answers -- not to the Lebanese people -- but to foreign governments in Damascus and Tehran,” Kerry said in a message commemorating the tenth anniversary of former premier Rafik Hariri's assassination, in an apparent reference to Hizbullah.

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Daryan Says No to Despair, Urges Coexistence on Hariri's 10th Murder Anniversary

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Daryan visited on Friday the grave of ex-PM Rafik Hariri in downtown Beirut from where he urged the Lebanese to hold onto the state and coexistence.

The 10th anniversary of Hariri's assassination comes in the absence of a president, Daryan said in a statement he read to reporters near al-Amin Mosque.

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Justice Elusive 10 Years after Killing of Hariri

The public gallery at a court in the Netherlands was as deserted as the defendant's dock on a recent day at the trial of five Hizbullah suspects in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, one of the most prominent Sunni politicians in the Middle East.

The massive explosion that tore through his convoy on the Beirut seaside 10 years ago sent a tremor across the region and unleashed a popular uprising that briefly united the Lebanese and ejected Syrian troops from the country. But a decade later, and despite millions of dollars spent, justice remains elusive in a case that has been overshadowed by more recent turmoil.

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