A car bomb exploded in a Christian area of &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/2002/01/10/25178.html ' target=_blank>Beirut Thursday, killing a prominent journalist known for his opposition to Syria's involvement in Lebanon.
The journalist, identified as Samir Kassir, wrote for the Lebanese daily newspaper An Nahar -- a publication often critical of Syria. An unidentified woman was wounded in the blast, officials said.
Speaking to CNN in Atlanta, Kassir's wife -- Al-Arabiya talk show host Gisele Khoury -- said she is requesting an immediate international investigation and full French government engagement because her husband held dual Lebanese and French citizenship, informs CNN News.
Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, who was accredited for the press conference by Vladimir Putin from Dozhd (Rain) television channel, asked Putin about competition at the coming election
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign