Hariri, back in Beirut, attends national day parade

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Saad Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister from Saudi Arabia, is seen at Beirut’s international airport, in Beirut, Lebanon, Nov. 21, 2017. (Reuters/Mohamed Azakir)
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Saad Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister from Saudi Arabia greets Lebanese President Michel Aoun as he attends a military parade to celebrate the 74th anniversary of Lebanon’s independence in downtown Beirut, Lebanon Nov. 22, 2017. (Reuters/Mohamed Azakir)
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Saad Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister from Saudi Arabia reacts as he talks with Lebanese President Michel Aoun while attending a military parade to celebrate the 74th anniversary of Lebanon’s independence in downtown Beirut, Lebanon Nov. 22, 2017. (Reuters/Mohamed Azakir)
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Saad Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister from Saudi Arabia arrives to attend a military parade to celebrate the 74th anniversary of Lebanon’s independence in downtown Beirut, Lebanon Nov. 22, 2017. (Reuters/Mohamed Azakir)
Updated 22 November 2017
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Hariri, back in Beirut, attends national day parade

BEIRUT: Saad Hariri attended independence day celebrations in Beirut on Wednesday after returning to Lebanon for the first time since resigning as prime minister in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia.
Hariri, whose sudden resignation on Nov. 4 pitched Lebanon into crisis, flew into Beirut late on Tuesday. He arrived at the military parade, which President Michel Aoun and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri will also attend in central Beirut.


Car bomb explodes in Assad's Syria stronghold Latakia

Updated 22 January 2019
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Car bomb explodes in Assad's Syria stronghold Latakia

BEIRUT: A car bomb detonated in Syria's government-held city of Latakia on Tuesday, killing the driver and injuring several other people, Syrian state media reported.
Footage carried on the state-run Al-Ikhbariya news channel showed a large group of people milling around in a street while wreckage smouldered on the ground.
Though President Bashar Al-Assad has regained control over more than half of Syria, attackers have periodically continued to strike in cities he controls with suicide blasts and car bombs.
State news agency Sana reported that the driver of the vehicle, a Suzuki minivan, had been killed in the explosion, and that four other people had been wounded.
It reported that the authorities had dismantled another explosive device in the same location before the blast in the vehicle.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor reported that five people had been injured in the explosion.