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BREAKING NEWS ~ UN adopts Syria resolution demanding cooperation with Hariri probe

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution [JURIST report] under Chapter 7 [text] of the UN Charter calling on Syria to cooperate with a UN investigation [UN background materials] into the February assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive]. A draft version of the resolution put forth by the US, France and Britain included a threat of political and economic sanctions should Damascus not cooperate with the probe, but the three co-sponsors agreed to drop the direct threat of sanctions prior to the resolution's passing Monday morning, leaving only a reference to unspecified "further action" if Syria does not comply. AP has more.

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