The scene at the 2005 car bomb explosion in Beirut that killed Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri. At least eight others, some of them his bodyguards, also died. Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

A 57-year-old member of the Lebanese Shia militia, Hizbullah, has received five life sentences in absentia for his “central role” in the 2005 assassin(...)

Hizbullah supporters carry the coffin of Mustafa Badreddine during his funeral in Beirut on Friday, May 13th. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

A UN-backed court is expected to request conclusive evidence – perhaps in the form of DNA – that a Hizbullah commander killed last week was the same m(...)