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UN Extends Hariri Assassination Probe

The United Nations Security Council has extended for another year the investigation into the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

The U.N. also said it is ready to end the probe earlier than June, 2008 if the investigative commission completes its work sooner.

Belgian prosecutor Serge Brammertz, who leads the investigation, welcomed the extension to look into Mr. Hariri's killing and several other assassinations in Lebanon.

Brammertz says he is looking at political motivations for the killings. His predecessor implicated Syrian officials in Mr. Hariri's assassination.

Syria has denied any involvement in the killing.

Lebanon's government and the U.N. have approved plans for a special court to try those involved in Mr. Hariri's killing. Pro-Syrian members of Lebanon's parliament have voiced objections to such a court.