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Political assassination fuels fear of more instability in Lebanon
Political assassination fuels fear of more instability in Lebanon

BEIRUT—The assassination by car bomb on Friday of a prominent Lebanese political figure who was critical of the Shiite militia Hezbollah has raised the specter of greater instability in Lebanon, fueled by the war across the frontier in Syria. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the enormous blast in Beirut targeting Mohamad Chatah, a former Lebanese ambassador to the United States. But the Syrian conflict has already left a lasting mark on its politically fragile neighbor. The explosion, which also killed at least five other people and injured more than 70, took place in a central commercial district close to downtown hotels and government buildings, including the...

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