Hariri murder trial begins at The Hague

Jan 16, 2014, 7:17 AM EST
A Lebanese man takes out of the rubble of a destroyed building a poster of Late Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on August 20, 2006 in the southern suburb of Haret Hreik in Beirut, Lebanon.
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The trial of four men accused of murdering former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri has begun at an unprecedented tribunal at The Hague. The four - alleged associates of the Syria-backed militant Shia movement Hezbollah - have not been arrested and are being tried in absentia.
Background:
Lebanon polarized as trial opens [BBC]
How Hariri's assassination changed Lebanon [Deutsche Welle]
Mideast strife turns trial into another fault line [NYT]