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Beirut airport reopens, but rift is still evident

Beirut International Airport reopened Monday after a five-month shutdown, but the first passengers arrived in a city still divided, its hope for peace dampened by protesters demanding the release of hostages held by rival militias.

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In another setback to stability, the senior Libyan diplomat in Lebanon was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen near his embassy in Beirut, security sources said. They said Muhammad al-Faitouri was the second Libyan diplomat abducted in Beirut in 17 days.

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