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December 18, 2005

Beirut's voice of reason returns to mourn his son

One of the world's most distinguished newspaper publishers came out of retirement last week at the age of 79. He had settled in France, a country he loved and which loved him back, only last week having bestowed on him the L├ęgion d'Honneur for services to journalism. But duty called. He flew home and headed for his old office. Next morning he went to bury, and praise, the young man to whom he had handed the reins of his newspaper - his son, killed with a car bomb by the local version of the... MORE