UN Backs New Lebanon Probe

Reuters: “More than 70 Syrian military trucks left Lebanon overnight, witnesses said on Friday, carrying tanks, mortars and anti-aircraft guns as Damascus raced to complete its withdrawal by the end of the month.

Syria pledged to pull out by April 30 in response to U.S.-led pressure and in face of popular protests after the Feb. 14 killing of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, which the Lebanese opposition blames on Syria. Damascus denies the charge.

The U.N. Security Council ordered an international investigation into Hariri’s assassination on Thursday, a move long called for by the anti-Syrian opposition. Lebanon and Syria have both said they will cooperate with investigators.”