Lebanon says all countries must help Hariri probe

Lebanon avoided Friday taking sides in the UN Security Council debate over naming and shaming the 10 countries deemed to be retarding the probe into the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, but urged all governments to cooperate fully. The Security Council failed to agree Thursday on a Russian proposal that it ask the chief investigator of Hariri's assassination to identify the 10 countries whom he accuses of not cooperating fully with his probe. The investigator, Serge Brammertz, criticized the countries in a December 16 report to the council, but declined reporters' requests to name them.