Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

World at a Glance

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

World at a Glance

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Lebanon peace threatened after call for pro-Syria rally OFFICIALS in Lebanon said Syria would begin to withdraw its troops towards its own country later today.

But the fragile peace in the Lebanese capital Beirut could soon be shattered after the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group called for a peaceful pro-Syria rally to take place. Syrians have backed their president Bashar Assad's decision to withdraw the 14,000 troops stationed in the country. Mr Assad did not say if the troops, stationed in Lebanon since 1976, would actually leave the country or be kept near their common border, or whether its diplomats would be following the troops out of the country as the US has demanded.

Mr Assad and Lebanese president Emile Lahoud are understood to be meeting to discuss the final withdrawal timetable. Hezbollah's leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, called for people to demonstrate in Beirut's Martyrs' Square tomorrow to show loyalty to Syria and denounce what he called international interference. Police revealed a man was shot and wounded when pro- and anti-Syria groups clashed near the square.

More Munch paintings stolen . THIEVES have stolen three works by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch. The latest theft, from a hotel in the town of Moss in southern Norway yesterday, follows the theft seven months ago of his most famous work, The Scream. "Three Munch paintings were stolen," police spokesman Paul Horne said. He refused to identify which works were taken and said details would be released later today. In August, gunmen stole a version of The Scream from Oslo's Munch Museum, in front of dozens of tourists. The work shows a terrified waif-like figure beneath a blood-red sky, said to be a symbol of angst in a world scarred by horrors including the Holocaust.

The thieves also snatched Munch's work Madonna, from the same museum. The pictures have not yet been recovered.

Picture of the day THE world's biggest single television screen has ben unveiled in Korea. Its 82in LCD screen is designed for use in the home and dwarfs the previous record-holder, a 65in model rival Sharp revealed in October. …

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