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Date: 28 July 2006

Bush, Blair speed up diplomacy on Lebanon crisis
SABC News – Auckland Park,South Africa
George W Bush, the US president, and Tony Blair, the British prime minister,
pressured for a Lebanon cease-fire, sped up diplomacy today for a UN resolution,2172,132122,00.html

Support for Hezbollah Increasing Among South Lebanon Residents
Voice of America – USA
By Challiss McDonough. As Israel’s military offensive in Lebanon continues
for a third week, the death toll on both sides of the border is climbing.

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – Italy
… corridors. The Italian government welcomes the announcement by Israel
of the opening up of humanitarian corridors in Lebanon. We …

UN calls meeting to start planning Lebanon force
Washington Post – United States
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has invited
countries interested in participating in an international force for Lebanon
to gather in …

Nigeria: Lebanon – Going Down the Abyss – Washington,USA
Lebanon’s present predicament is an outcome of a well- scripted conspiracy.
A few months ago, the Western world pressured the exit of Syria from Lebanon.

ACT News Update, Lebanon
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
… By day’s end, the first of 2,000 much-needed emergency parcels containing
food and hygiene-related items will have been distributed to people in
Beirut, Lebanon …

UN chief plans meeting to arrange troop contributions for Lebanon …
Calgary Sun – Canada
… General Kofi Annan said Friday he will invite countries that might
contribute troops to an international force to be deployed on the Lebanon-Israel
border to a …

UN pushes for 72-hour Lebanon truce
Daily Telegraph – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
… start of this cessation of hostilities so that we can evacuate the
wounded, evacuate children, the elderly, the disabled from the crossfire
in southern Lebanon …,22049,19949393-5006506,00.html

Blair warns Iran, Syria of ‘confrontation’
Forbes – USA
WASHINGTON – British Prime Minister Tony Blair warned Iran and Syria that
they face ‘the risk of increasing confrontation’ unless they reform their
behavior in …

Peace force in Lebanon decries limits
Boston Globe – United States
NAQOURA, Lebanon — A volley of outgoing Katyusha rockets zipped from the
hilltop above the gate of the United Nations peacekeepers’ compound here
yesterday …

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Use of cluster bombs attacked in Lebanon
Xinhua – China
… Health Mohammed Jawad Khalife said on Thursday that about 600 Lebanese
civilians had been killed in the ongoing Israeli massive assault in Lebanon,
which was …

One killed in Israeli fresh attacks on southern Lebanon: sources
People’s Daily Online – Beijing,China
At least one person was killed and three others were wounded in fresh attacks
carried out by Israeli warplanes on targets in southern Lebanon on Friday

Lebanon ceasefire hard without Iran, Syria-UN envoy
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
PARIS, July 28 (Reuters) – UN Middle East envoy Terje Roed-Larsen said
on Friday it would difficult to agree a ceasefire in the Lebanon conflict
without …

Israel rules out full-scale Lebanon invasion – Lyon,France
Israeli warplanes and artillery have stepped up their pounding of southern
Lebanon after ministers decided against a land invasion. …

Lebanon: IDF strikes over 130 targets overnight
Ynetnews – Israel
Day 17: The Air Force struck over 130 targets on Thursday night and in
the early hours of Friday morning across Lebanon. The targets …,7340,L-3282605,00.html

The ‘Arab system’ is dying in Lebanon
Guardian Unlimited – UK
… But the system manifestly does so no more; for Arab commentators the
twin crises of Gaza and Lebanon dramatize a tectonic shift in the region’s
affairs. …

Lebanon attacks to continue – Israel
Dispatch Online – South Africa
ISRAEL insisted yesterday it had been given the green light from a world
meeting on Lebanon to press on with its deadly war on Hezbollah and vowed
to step up …

Lebanon in dire need of aid – envoy
Independent Online – Cape Town,South Africa
Lebanon, crumbling under a fierce attack from Israel, is in desperate need
of medical and financial aid. … “The people of Lebanon are assisting
each other. …

Israel concentrates attacks in Lebanon’s south
ABC Online – Australia
ELEANOR HALL: In the Middle East, the situation in Lebanon has seen Australia’s
Foreign Minister Alexander Downer call in the Iranian and Syrian Ambassadors

Aussie peacekeepers ‘may go to Lebanon’
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Australia may send a small number of peacekeepers to southern Lebanon once
a ceasefire is declared, but only in a specialist or command roles, Foreign
Minister …

Lebanon attacks continue
EiTB – Euskadi,Spain
Israel decided not to expand its battle with Hezbollah guerrillas in southern
Lebanon for now, but the Cabinet authorized the army to call up 30,000
reserve …

Israel rules out UN force involvement in Lebanon
Hindu – Chennai,India
Jerusalem, July 28 (PTI): Dismissing suggestions of major UN involvement
in any potential international force in Lebanon, Israel has said more
professional and …

Mercy plea for Lebanon
Scotsman – United Kingdom
MERCY Corps, the Edinburgh-based aid charity, is appealing for donations
to help victims of the crisis in Lebanon. The organisation …

Israeli bombs kill 11 in Lebanon – UK
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Israel battered Lebanon on Friday, killing 11 people
as waves of air raids struck villages in the hills behind the southern
port of Tyre and …

Israeli air raids kill 11 in southern Lebanon
BEIRUT, Lebanon – Israel battered Lebanon on Friday, killing 11 people
as waves of air raids struck villages in the hills behind the southern
port of Tyre and …

LEBANON-SYRIA: Palestinians still stranded on Syrian-Lebanese …
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
… of Lebanon, around Tyre and the southern Bekaa Valley, the stricken
families have officially left Lebanese territory but are being refused
entry into Syria. …

Russian Base in Syria, a Symmetrical Strategic Move
Center for Research on Globalization – Canada
Russian military officials have consistently denied reports that Russia
is creating a permanent naval base in Tartus, Syria that would give it
a Mediterranean …

Israel must deal with Syria says Haaretz newspaper analyst
ABC Online – Australia
Analyst for the Haaretz newspaper, Akiva Eldar, says Israel and the United
States now speak of Syria only in relation to its influence in Lebanon.

Israeli bombs kill 13 in Lebanon, Rice holds back
Reuters South Africa – Johannesburg,South Africa
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Intense Israeli bombardment killed 13 people in Lebanon
on Friday, while US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she would
return to the …

Bangladesh: 2,500 protest Lebanon offensive
Jerusalem Post – Israel
About 2,500 Muslims marched through Bangladesh’s capital Friday to protest
against Israel’s assaults in Lebanon, denouncing the Jewish state and
burning …

Red Cross drivers won’t take aid to Lebanon
CBC News – Canada
… But despite assurances from both sides in the conflict, Red Cross spokeswoman
Tamara Al Rifai said the drivers have refused to enter Lebanon. …

Israeli bombs kill 13 in Lebanon
The Australian – Sydney,Australia
INTENSE Israeli bombardment killed 13 people in Lebanon today amid uncertainty
as to when US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would return to the
region to …,5744,19946425%255E23109,00.html

France’s Chirac wants quick UN Lebanon resolution
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
… July 28 (Reuters) – President Jacques Chirac wants France to push for
a UN Security Council resolution on an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon,
according to a …

Lebanon’s Berri lambastes Arab leaders over war
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
DUBAI, July 28 (Reuters) – Lebanon’s Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri lashed
out at US-allied Arab governments on Friday for not doing enough to stop
Israel’s …

Aid workers lament no safe access to south Lebanon
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
BEIRUT, July 28 (Reuters) – Aid workers are finding it impossible to get
medical supplies and food safely to isolated villages in southern Lebanon
due to the …

Israeli bombs kill 11 in Lebanon
Mail & Guardian Online – Johannesburg,South Africa
Israel battered Lebanon on Friday, killing 11 people as waves of air raids
struck villages in the hills behind the southern port of Tyre and hundreds
of …

ACT Appeal (Preliminary): Lebanon humanitarian crisis
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
On 12 July Israel launched an offensive against Lebanon following the capture
of two of its soldiers by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. …

Robinson urges Ireland to stay in Lebanon – Ireland
… Ireland and UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, has said
it is important for Ireland and other countries to keep their UN peacekeepers
in Lebanon. …

Australia ends transport from Lebanon
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
The Australian government will stop sponsoring the transport of its citizens
from war-torn Lebanon after tomorrow, the Department of Foreign Affairs
and Trade …

AKI – Rome,Italy
… Brammertz from June-December 2005. UN investigators have so far presented
four official reports – all implicating Syria directly.

Indyk: Keep Syria and Iran Out of Negotiations Over Lebanon
Council on Foreign Relations – New York,New York,USA
… of State for Near Eastern affairs in the Clinton administration, and
twice ambassador to Israel, says it would be wrong to invite Iran and
Syria, the major …

Larijani Arrives in Syria to Discusses Mideast Developments
Fars News Agency – Tehran,Iran
… instead. Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah, Seyed Hassan
Nasrollah is said to be in Syria to attend the said talks. Kuwait’s …

Israel bombs Lebanon
Reuters – USA
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Intensive Israeli bombing killed 14 people in Lebanon
on Friday and Hizbollah said it had fired new longer-range rockets at
Israel, as …

Israel intensifies airstrikes on Lebanon
Monsters and – Glasgow,UK
Tel Aviv/Beirut – Israel intensified its airstrikes on Lebanon Friday,
pounding more than 150 targets overnight and into the afternoon, including
a Hezbollah …

ICRC Press Release No. 06/81 – Lebanon: ICRC sharply increases its …
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
Geneva (ICRC) – With no end in sight for the hostilities in Lebanon and
civilian casualties rising daily, the International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC is …

Diplomats Disagree on How to Stop Lebanon Fighting
Voice of America – USA
By Sonja Pace. Cross-border rocket attacks, air strikes and artillery barrages
between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon are now in their third
week. …

UN withdraws some observers from Lebanon border
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
UNITED NATIONS, July 28 (Reuters) – The UN peacekeeping mission in southern
Lebanon has withdrawn unarmed observers from two of its observations posts
along …

Convoy hit near Lebanon border; 2 hurt
Houston Chronicle – United States
NAQOURA, Lebanon — Israeli artillery hit a convoy evacuating villagers
from southern Lebanon today, slightly wounding a journalist and a driver.

Indian evacuees from Lebanon tell their story – New Delhi,India
… On the airport, over 400 Indians, Sri Lankans and Nepalese crowded
Cyprus’ Larnaca airport where the Indian navy brought them from Lebanon.

ACT News Update, Lebanon
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
Geneva, July 21, 2006-Besieged by the ongoing Israeli bombardment, residents
of Beirut and other parts of Lebanon are taking refuge in their hundreds
in public …

FACTBOX-Evacuation of foreigners from Lebanon
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
July 28 (Reuters) – Here are some facts on the evacuation from Lebanon.
More than 40,000 people have been evacuated from Lebanon through Cyprus
and Turkey. …

Uncertainty as Hezbollah backs Lebanon PM truce plan
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
… In a speech to an international meeting on the Lebanon crisis in Rome
earlier this week, Sinora laid out a plan for a ceasefire that demanded
an exchange of …

Israeli jets pound south Lebanon, killing as many as 12; UN pulls … – Hamilton,Ontario,Canada
TYRE, Lebanon (AP) – Israeli warplanes and artillery intensified strikes
Friday, hitting Hezbollah positions and crushing houses and roads in towns
in southern …

Israel not looking for Syria fight: Peretz
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
JERUSALEM – Israel is not looking for a fight with Syria, Defense Minister
Amir Peretz said Friday for a second time in less than 12 hours, after
Israel …

Lebanon 101: Behind the headlines
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — The events unfolding in Lebanon and the Middle
East have been shaped by factors including ancient hatreds, European colonialism,
and …

Lebanon: Up to 600 civilians killed in IDF offensive
Ha'aretz – Tel Aviv,Israel
Up to 600 civilians are believed to have been killed in the Israel Defense
Forces offensive in Lebanon, including as many as 200 still buried in
the rubble of …

Singapore offers humanitarian assistance to Lebanon
People’s Daily Online – Beijing,China
The Singapore government has pledged 50,000 US dollars to the Flash Appeal
for the Humanitarian needs of Lebanon launched by the United Nations (UN),
the …

Israel to step up air strikes on south Lebanon
Irish Times – Ireland
An Israeli cabinet meeting yesterday opted to step up air and artillery
bombardments on southern Lebanon while limiting future ground incursions.

Lebanon says up to 600 killed in assault – Wellington,New Zealand
BEIRUT: Israeli warplanes and artillery hammered Lebanon again overnight
and the Beirut government said up to 600 people may have been killed in
Israel’s 16-day …,2106,3746783a12,00.html

ANALYSIS-Lebanon’s credit risk is up, but default unlikely
Reuters – USA
LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) – Lebanon’s credit risk may be up but the government
is unlikely to default on its illiquid and closely held sovereign debt
because …

An American in Beirut: Lebanon on a ‘Helpless Walk Through Time’
FOX News – USA
BEIRUT, Lebanon — This is the sixth installment of an ongoing blog written
by American Spencer Witte, a native New York resident who is studying
and living …,2933,205962,00.html

Australia pulls troops from southern Lebanon, NZ observers to stay
New Zealand Herald – New Zealand
Australia is withdrawing its troops from southern Lebanon to Beirut, but
New Zealand has opted to keep in place soldiers serving as UN observers.

The endgame in Lebanon
The Japan Times – Japan
… objectives in this crisis. Without them, this incident will be another
bloody interval in Lebanon’s sad history. On July 12, the …

Why Syria has stayed out of the fighting—so far.
Slate – USA
Assad to Ahmadinejad: “You’re a great guy, Mahmoud, but I’m just not that
into you.”. Syria polishes its image as protector of the Lebanese people.

For Syria’s envoy, no calls from the White House
International Herald Tribune – France
WASHINGTON Syria’s ambassador to the United States, Imad Moustapha, has
not had a single meeting with any senior Bush administration official
in a year and half …

Escapees pour into Syria – Qatar
At the Masnaa border crossing between Syria and Lebanon hundreds of people
continue to flee the fighting between Hezbollah and Israeli forces. …

Iran negotiator reportedly in Syria talks
Houston Chronicle – United States
DAMASCUS, Syria — A top Iranian negotiator reportedly visited Damascus
on Thursday for talks on the Lebanese crisis with the Syrian and Hezbollah
leaders …

How Syria sees it
Al-Ahram Weekly – Cairo,Egypt
The latest war on Lebanon means many things for Syria. … Syria and Iran
had not been informed. No Syrian or Iranian person had had any prior information.

Hizbollah “not controlled” by Syria and Iran – Lyon,France
… It has its own agenda in terms of internal and external politics. “Even
if it is unquestionable that it depends financially and logistically on

Poll: 71 percent say use greater force in Lebanon
Ynetnews – Israel
Public back the government, but less: According to a survey of the Israeli
public, 82 percent believe the army’s offensive in Lebanon is justified,
and 71 …,7340,L-3282592,00.html

Israeli warplanes renew airstrikes on Lebanon
People’s Daily Online – Beijing,China
An old man shouts slogans near a demolished building in the Hizbollah stronghold
that was targeted by Israeli air strikes in southern Beirut, July 26,
2006. …

Iraqi Prime Minister talks with Bush on Lebanon
ABC Online – Australia
TONY EASTLEY: The crisis in Lebanon has shown up sharp differences of opinion
between US President George W. Bush and Iraq’s new Prime Minister. …

PM in US for Lebanon talks
Guardian Unlimited – UK
… Margaret Beckett’s concerns that the US flew GBU28 “bunker-busting”
laser-guided bombs destined for Israel’s assault in southern Lebanon via
Glasgow’s …,,-5978796,00.html

Bush Looks to Possible Peacekeeping Force in Lebanon
FOX News – USA
… of a cease-fire in the Middle East on Thursday, focusing instead on
the makeup and mandate of a peacekeeping force that ultimately could patrol
southern Lebanon …,2933,206010,00.html

Belgian helicopters to bring Lebanon aid
People’s Daily Online – Beijing,China
Belgian army helicopters will start transporting humanitarian aid into
Lebanon from the start of next week, Defense Minister Andre Flahaut announced
on Thursday …

Israel and Lebanon: Good from evil?
Jakarta Post – Jakarta,Indonesia
Is it possible that out of the current carnage in Lebanon, the Gaza Strip
and northern Israel could come a sober recognition on all sides that victory
is …

12 Pakistanis return from Lebanon
Pakistan Dawn – Karachi,Pakistan
RAWALPINDI, July 27: A group of 12 Pakistanis evacuated from Lebanon arrived
at the Islamabad International Airport on Thursday morning, immigration

Horrors of war traumatise Lebanon’s children
Times of India – India
ABEY (Lebanon): For three days, Ali Ballout has been sitting on a bench
in the school courtyard in the mountainous village of Abey. …

News Analysis: Israeli army to continue operation in southern …
People’s Daily Online – Beijing,China
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) would continue its operation to bomb Hezbollah
in southern Lebanon despite a security cabinet decision against expanding
the …

Planned Russian Naval base in Syria in the East Mediterranean
Center for Research on Globalization – Canada
The decision announced in early June to set up a Russian military base
in Syria on the Eastern Mediterranean bears a direct relationship to the
war on Lebanon …



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