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Lebanon Minister: It's crazy the Iranians not at talks

ITV News Middle East correspondent Geraint Vincent has tweeted:

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Lebanon Foreign Minister tells me 'it's crazy that the Iranians are not here - how can there be agreement without them?' #Geneva2

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Lebanon FM Adnan Mansour says starting talks with demand that Assad goes is totally counter-productive #Geneva2

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'At least four killed' in Beirut southern suburbs blast

A fire is extinguished at a building at the site of the blast Credit: Reuters

At least four people have been killed in a blast in Beirut's southern suburbs, a security source has told Reuters, attributing the blast to a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt.

The source said another 20 people were wounded in the explosion, which occurred in a stronghold of the military and political movement Hezbollah.

People gather at the scene of the suspected suicide bomb attack. Credit: Reuters

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Three dead in car bomb blast in Hezbollah stronghold

At least three people have been killed and a number wounded after a car bomb went off near a local government building in the Lebanese town of Hermel.

Hermel is in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley near its northern border with Syria and is known as a stronghold of the Shi'ite militant and political movement Hezbollah.

There were no immediate details of casualties.

Beirut blast 'caused by car bomb'

The deadly blast that ripped through the Haret Hreik district of southern Beirut this afternoon appeared to be caused by a car bomb, security officials said.

At least five people have been killed and 20 injured in the attack, which took place in an areas that is a stronghold of the Hezbollah group.

Read: Emergency services douse flames after Beirut blast

Lebanon has been hit by a wave of bombings in recent months as the civil war in Syria increasingly spills over the border.

Beirut blast destroys front of several buildings

Many nearby buildings were damaged in the explosion. Credit: RTV

A powerful blast hit southern Beirut this afternoon, killing five people according to the health ministry and wounding at least 20.

The debris from the blast was strewn across the street. Credit: RTV

The blast sent a column of smoke into the sky and destroyed the front of many nearby buildings.

The city has been recently hit by a number of attacks recently, including one last week which killed a former minister.

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