Hariri Court Approved by UN


UN Approves Hariri Court

The United Nations Security Council invoked Chapter 7 of the UN Charter on Wednesday in approving the creation of a special international court to try suspects in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Gunfire and fireworks broke out in several parts of Lebanon within minutes of the decision on Resolution 1757, which passed by a vote of 10-0 with five abstentions. (Daily Star)

U.N. Tribunal Condemned by Syria, Others

Both Syria and the Lebanese opposition that it supports criticized the United Nations on Thursday for its decision to establish a tribunal to prosecute the killers of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. (AP)

Editorial: The Hariri Court is Out of Lebanon's Hands - but a Healthy Debate is Not

With the passage of the United Nations Security Council resolution on the creation of an international tribunal to try suspects in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the decision of whether or not to create the court is now officially out of Lebanese hands. Although last-minute revisions to the draft resolution will allow Lebanese parties a few days to make additional minor changes to the shape of the tribunal, no one will be able to stop the court from coming into being. (Daily Star)


At Least 25 Killed In Police Recruiting Station Bombing In Iraq

A suicide bomber hit a police recruiting center in Fallujah on Thursday, killing at least 25 people and wounding 50, police said. (AP)

MRAPs Can't Stop Newest Weapon

New military vehicles that are supposed to better protect troops from roadside explosions in Iraq aren't strong enough to withstand the latest type of bombs used by insurgents, according to Pentagon documents and military officials. (USA Today)


Helicopter 'Shot Down By Taleban'

NATO says that one of its helicopters that crashed in the southern Afghan province of Helmand on Wednesday may have been shot down by the Taleban. (BBC)

35 Taliban Killed in Afghanistan Claim Coalition Forces

Afghan and NATO forces launched an operation Thursday, killing at least 35 suspected Taliban, in clashes while a clash in the volatile south and in the west left, Afghan officials said. (Daily Jang)


Turkey Seizes Syria-Bound Weapons

Turkish authorities seized weapons hidden among construction materials on a Syria-bound train from Iran after Kurdish guerrillas bombed and derailed the train, a prosecutor said Wednesday. (AP)


Book Shines Light On Pakistan Military's '£10bn Empire'

The Pakistani military's private business empire could be worth as much as £10bn, according to a ground-breaking study. Retired and serving officers run secretive industrial conglomerates, manufacture everything from cement to cornflakes, and own 12m acres [4.8m hectares] of public land, says Dr Ayesha Siddiqa, author of Military Inc: Inside Pakistan's Military Economy. (The Guardian)

Thirteen Killed in Raid near Troubled Pakistan Town

Suspected Islamist militants attacked the house of a senior government official in a village in northwestern Pakistan and killed 13 people, police said on Thursday. (Reuters)


Guantanamo Saudi 'Kills Himself'

A Saudi Arabian prisoner has died in an apparent suicide at the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, the US military has said. (BBC)


Islamic Terror Groups Using Swiss Base: Government

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