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Lebanon's rival factional leaders meet in Qatar

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Lebanon’s rival factional leaders have been meeting in Qatar to resolve a political conflict that almost plunged the country into all-out civil war once again.

After a first round of talks delegates said they’d agreed to form a committee to consider a new election law. It will then deal with the fraught issue of the framework of the government.

Beirut and other areas of have been returning to normality after more than a week of clashes between pro – and anti government groups. This Beirut resident says he feels cautiously optimistic that a solution can be found because most Lebanese want to build bridges: “Hopefully they will all unite,” he says.

More than 80 people were killed in fighting around the country after Hizbollah seized west Beirut. The action was in response to an attempt by the government to clampdown on the Shi’ite group. The army, seen as a neutral force, finally brokered a deal and re-established but not all sides had paid a high price.