Hizbullah denies reports its chief demoted by Iran

Hizbullah denied reports that its leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah had been demoted by the Shi'ite group's Iranian sponsors and that control of the group's military wing was given to his deputy. The reports appeared this week in the Saudi-owned Arabic daily Asharq Al-Awsat. In a statement issued late Thursday, Hizbullah said the report has "no truth and lacks objectivity and real information." "Hizbullah, under the leadership of Hassan Nasrallah, will remain the firm, steadfast, cohesive symbol of resistance in confronting the occupation, aggression and oppression," it said.