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SECURITY COUNCIL ORDERS PROBE OF HARIRI'S DEATH

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to authorize an international investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

The resolution -- co-sponsored by the United States, France and Britain -- urged the independent commission to complete its work in three months, but it also gave Secretary-General Kofi Annan authority to extend its mandate for an additional three months if necessary.

The Feb. 14 bombing that killed Hariri caused an uproar in Lebanon, sparking massive anti-Syrian street protests.

The Lebanese opposition claimed Syria orchestrated the killing. Syria denies any involvement.

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