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Deadly blast in Lebanon fuels fears of increased ethnic tensions

A pre-dawn bombing Wednesday that killed three foreign workers in this trendy shopping district 10 miles north of Beirut heightened fears of ethnic strife and threatened to delay elections that are considered vital to ending political turmoil over Syrian domination of Lebanon. The bombing was the second in five days to strike a Christian neighborhood in the Beirut region, where Christians, Sunni and Shiite Muslims and Druze have lived together in relative harmony since Lebanon’s civil war ended in 1990. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but many Lebanese believe it and the earlier explosion are intended to demonstrate that Lebanon still needs a Syrian security presence to maintain calm. Full Story

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