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Gunmen Attack Bus in Lebanon, Kill Syrian


Lebanese officials say gunmen in northern Lebanon fired on bus carrying Syrian workers, killing one of them.

Syria's state-run SANA news agency reports Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem described the shooting as a criminal act, and he called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. Officials say the motive for Monday's shooting is not clear.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri ended a two-day visit to neighboring Syria on Sunday. It was his first trip to Syria since the 2005 assassination of his father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri -- an attack that Saad Hariri blamed on Syria.

Mr. Hariri said Sunday he had "positive" talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and hoped to build "excellent" relations with Damascus.

He said the U.N. investigation into his father's death is "no longer a personal issue," but rather one for the international community.

U.N. investigators have accused Syria of plotting the Beirut truck bombing that killed Rafik Hariri -- a charge Damascus denies.

Outrage in Lebanon over the assassination, and international pressure, forced Syria to withdraw its troops from Lebanon in 2005, ending a 30-year military presence. Relations between the two neighbors later improved, with both agreeing to establish formal relations last year.






Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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