Lebanon absorbs bomb shock as talks ease tensions

January 16, 2015 2:39 PM

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - A double suicide bombing at a cafe in the Lebanese city of Tripoli was meant to ignite a new round of civil strife in a country whose stability has been repeatedly strained by the war in neighboring Syria.

Instead, the fragile Lebanese state appears to have emerged a little stronger from the Sunni militant attack that killed nine people in an Alawite neighborhood, helped by new political talks that are containing sectarian tensions.

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