Tribunal announces ruling on Hariri assassination

August 18, 2020

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A convoy of military vehicles, some equipped with weapons, pass under a large Lebanese flag with pictures of slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

A Lebanese army convoy passes under Lebanese flags with pictures of slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in Beirut, Aug. 18, 2020.


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The Special Tribunal for Lebanon delivered its verdict in the trial over the 2005 bombing that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Also, Germany has been the poster child in Western Europe in terms of how it handled the coronavirus pandemic. Protesters have been taking to the streets in German cities each weekend in opposition to government restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Will the demonstrators upset Germany's good record in dealing with the pandemic? A tiny mammal called the elephant shrew, or Somali sengi, which had not been documented by scientists for 50 years, has been rediscovered in Djibouti.

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