Italy and Lebanon

Hostage’s freedom car was not speeding says minister

The car carrying an Italian intelligence officer who was killed by US fire in Baghdad was not speeding and was not ordered to stop as American officials have indicated Italy’s foreign minister said today.

Italy demands US punish killers

Italy’s foreign minister has demanded the US “identify and punish” those responsible for the death of an Italian intelligence agent in Iraq.

Huge pro-Syrian protest held in Beirut

More than 100,000 protesters have held a mass rally in Beirut to support Syria’s military presence in Lebanon, and show their opposition to US-led efforts to get Syria to leave.