"This hideous crime occurs while Judge Detlev Mehlis presents his report, with whatever indications and significance it has especially after what has been recently said as declarations and threats that are very clear."
10. Wide of news conference
11. Sit-in in Christian Ashrafieh neighbourhood (central Beirut)
11. Various of sit-in
12. Man holding poster of journalist and lawmaker Gibran Tueni
13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Adam Ereli, US State Department spokesman (reading statement of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice):
"I am outraged by the assassination of Gibran Tueni and offer my condolences to his family and those other victims of this savage attack. His death is a vicious act of terror against a Lebanese patriot and a voice of freedom. That voice will not be silenced. America will remain steadfast in its support of the Lebanese people. The forces behind this latest attack and a series of brutal crimes against Lebanese journalists and political leaders in the past months must be held account for their crimes. Together, we and the international community will confront and defeat those who seek to terrorise and subjugate a proud independent Lebanon."
14. Security forces
15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Adam Ereli, US State Department spokesman:
"There continues to be a Syrian intelligence presence in Lebanon, we've been saying since the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon that there remains a residual presence in Lebanon that does not contribute to Lebanese stability, that is noxious and that must end."
16. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mehdi Dakhlallah, Syrian Information Minister:
"Actually I think Lebanon's enemies are responsible for all these explosions that are happening nowadays. No matter how the relationship between Syria and Lebanon is, or what in Gibran Tueni's attitude towards Syria was and what he announced. Syria condemns the killing of Gibran Tueni. Syria totally refuses these charges because it is against Syrian policy and manners."
Prominent Lebanese journalist and lawmaker Gibran Tueni, a relentless critic of Syria who spent months
in France fearing assassination, was killed Monday in a car bombing -only a day after returning to his homeland.
Lebanon's prime minister Fuad Saniora said he would ask the United Nations to investigate.
A previously unknown group claimed responsibility but suspicion quickly settled on Syria, where the
state-controlled media has been highly critical of anti-Syrian reports by Lebanese journalists.
The brutal slaying silenced the blistering editorial voice of Tueni, the 48-year-old general manager of Lebanon's leading newspaper, An-Nahar, founded in 1933 by his grandfather.
His motorcade was attacked just hours before the United Nations released a follow-up report on its probe of the February car bomb assassination of former Lebanese Premier Rafik Hariri.
Saniora said he will ask the United Nations to set up a new inquiry into Tueni's slaying and previous bombings and to create an international tribunal to try suspects in the Hariri assassination.
"The criminals continue to kill us one after the other. We will not surrender whatever is the price," Saniora said.
A previously unknown group, "Strugglers for the unity and freedom in the Levant," claimed responsibility for the blast, but many quickly implicated Damascus in the slaying.
The statement's authenticity could not be independently confirmed.
New evidence has only reinforced investigators' belief that the Syrian and Lebanese intelligence services were likely involved in the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister, a U.N. probe said in the new report Monday.
The 25-page report from German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis' team again accused Syria of trying to obstruct his probe when it demanded that he revise his findings after a crucial witness recanted his testimony.
Mehlis will brief the council on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, in the Christian quarter of Ashrafieh, Tueni's constituency, orthodox churches tolled their bells. Dozens of Tueni supporters held a sit-in to mark the death of the lawmaker.
Police said Tueni was one of three people killed when a car bomb exploded as his motorcade drove through the hilly industrial suburb of Mkalles.
The others were his driver and an unidentified passerby. Another 30 people were wounded in the bombing, which started a fire that destroyed at least 10 vehicles.
Tueni, 48, who had championed the U.N. investigation into Hariri's killing, had returned only Sunday from France, where he had been staying periodically for fear of assassination.
The U.N. inquiry reported in October that Syrian and Lebanese intelligence officials were implicated in Hariri's death.
In Washington, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice condemned Monday's slaying of a Lebanese journalist who was critical of Syrian involvement in his country as a "vicious act of terror."
In a statement read by State Department spokesman Adam Ereli, Rice said she was "outraged by the assassination."
She called Tueni a Lebanese patriot and a voice of freedom.
"That voice will not be silenced," Rice said in a statement. "America will remain steadfast in its support of the Lebanese people."
Syria's continuing interference in Lebanon must end completely, Rice said.
She said the United States will work with its partners on the Security Council and in the region to ensure that two Security Council resolutions
designed to terminate that interference are fully implemented.
Ereli added that "there continues to be a Syrian intelligence presence in Lebanon although Syrian troops have left."
"There remains a residual presence in Lebanon that does not contribute to Lebanese stability, that is noxious and that must end," he said.
Syrian Information Minister Mehdi Dakhlallah denied his government was involved in the killing.
According to Ereli, Rice conferred with France's foreign minister on how to bring new pressure on Damascus.
It was not immediately clear whether the United States and France, its partner in trying to loosen Syria's grip on its weaker Arab neighbour, were planning moves in the U.N. Security Council, which already has demanded that Syria end its presence in Lebanon.