The UN Security Council June 2 extended through the rest of this year the mandate of the independent probe into the February 2005 assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and a series of other recent killings in Lebanon. In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body also declared its readiness to terminate the mandate earlier if the International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC) reports that it has completed its work. The Commission is headed by Daniel Bellemare, a Canadian prosecutor who told the Council in April that the body needs more time to complete its investigations. (UN News Service)

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