Powerful explosion rocks downtown Beirut; former ambassador to U.S., 4 others killed

By Abigail Hauslohner, December 27, 2013

BEIRUT — A powerful car bomb flung glass and heavy strips of metal across a wide intersection in downtown Beirut on Friday, killing a former cabinet minister and underscoring Lebanon’s growing instability as it absorbs the impact of neighboring Syria’s increasingly bloody civil war.

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