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Lebanese minister close to president quits

Lebanon’s pro-Syrian environment minister resigned on Monday, bringing to six the number of cabinet members to quit the Western-backed government after the collapse of unity talks, a source close to the minister said. Yacoub Sarraf, who is loyal to pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud, tendered his resignation hours before Prime Minister Fouad Siniora was to convene his cabinet to discuss a U.N.-drafted statute for a special court to try the killers of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. Full Story

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