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Rome talks revive Berri’s electoral law

Speaker Nabih Berri, left, Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Cardinal Beshara Rai meet in Rome on Sunday March 17, 2013. (The Daily Star/Dalati and Nohra)

BEIRUT: Speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai agreed Monday to revive Berri’s hybrid electoral law, which Rai will attempt to persuade the Christian parties to support.


Leaders scramble to avert strife

Protesters briefly block the road in Corniche al-Mazraa by setting garbage containers on fire.

BEIRUT: Political and religious leaders scrambled Monday to prevent Lebanon’s slide into strife, a day after attacks on four Muslim scholars sent long-simmering sectarian tensions soaring at an alarming rate, threatening to plunge the divided country into total chaos.


Attorney says press IDs found in cars used by Army for Arsal raid

Lebanese soldiers on armored vehicles stand at a checkpoint in Arsal, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)

BEIRUT: An attorney representing the family of a fugitive killed in a raid in Arsal gave the judiciary what he claimed were press cards found in two vehicles used by the Army during the operation, judicial sources said Monday.


Syria’s dark clouds gathering over Lebanon

A file photo shows Syrian soldiers deployed in Arida, Syria, seen from the northern Lebanese border village of Wadi Khaled.

BEIRUT: The fast-moving military and political developments over the past few days are rapidly sucking Lebanon into the turmoil in Syria, threatening to destabilize the fragile country and probably plunge it into a new bout of sectarian fighting, analysts said.


Nigerian president: Setraco hostages may be alive

FILE - Bayelsa State Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, centre, stands outside his house guarded by policemen in Yenagoa, Nigeria, in this file photo dated Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005. (AP Photo, File)

BEIRUT: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan gave new hope to the families of two Lebanese kidnapped there last month along with five other foreigners when he said Monday that “some” of the original seven hostages may be alive.


Conjecture rife after Sunni sheikhs assaulted

Khandaq al-Ghamiq is a Hezbollah and Amal Movement stronghold. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Residents of Khandaq al-Ghamiq in Beirut said Monday that the men who assaulted two sheikhs the day before did not belong to Hezbollah or the Amal Movement, the party that dominates the neighborhood.


Aid to Syrian refugees could stoke Lebanese ire

A hostess shows State Minister Marwan Kheireddine and EU Ambassador Angelina Eichorst how to generate energy from organic waste. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Uneven distribution of aid to displaced Syrians could exacerbate tensions with host communities in Lebanon and deepen the sectarian segregation that has already started to manifest in refugee settlement patterns, top relief coordinators said Monday.


Tornado debris study could lead to better warnings

In this March 6, 2013 photo, piles of debris are all that are left of many homes on oceanfront blocks of Toms River N.J. after Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

ATLANTA: Photos and mementoes that were snatched up and blown hundreds of miles during tornados in the south of the United States two years ago are giving researchers new insight on how debris is carried by the storms and how it could threaten the public.


Parental concerns rise over HPV vaccine: study

A nurse prepares an injection of a vaccine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts January 10, 2013. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

WASHINGTON: A growing number of US parents oppose doctors' recommendations to vaccinate teenage girls against human papillomavirus (HPV), the main cause of cervical cancer, a study said Monday.