Lebanon

The Lebanese Republic continues to simmer as the Syrian civil war next door fuels already ingrained sectarian tensions between Sunni, Shia, and Christian communities in the country. On Saturday, hackers posted names of secret witnesses who had agreed to testify in the trial of the assassinated former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, a powerful Sunni politician who was allegedly killed by Hezbollah operatives. At the same time, French president Francois Hollande has affirmed his country’s commitment to peace and security in Lebanon and pledged to keep an eye on the Lebanese Christian community, after a meeting with Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai in Paris. The Syrian conflict is threatening to spill over into Lebanon and could quite possible destabilize its southern neighbour, as intense fighting between Syrian government troops and rebels rocked the Lebanese border near Homs on Friday. (April 10, 2013 The Daily Star; April 12, 2013 TIME; April 15, 2013 New York Times)