"In real political terms, the STL mounts the pressure on Hezbollah at a time when it's entangled in the Syrian conflict. Yet, it is important not to overestimate the impact of the Tribunal, which is unlikely to bring about dramatic changes to the political landscape or secure the goal of ending impunity and political assassinations that have marred Lebanon's contemporary history," writes Joyce Karam for al-Arabiya.
"Since the suspects have vanished from sight and are unlikely ever to end up behind bars, could it not be seen as a colossal waste of time, effort and money? The STL denies this, saying 'justice is not a waste of time,' but it will be struggling to keep the proceedings as legal and apolitical as possible, trying to shake off the accusation that it is politically motivated and biased," writes Jim Muir for the BBC.
SOUTH SUDAN: Uganda's president said his country's military is fighting alongside South Sudan's government against rebels. Officials in Uganda previously said their special forces were only in South Sudan to evacuate their nationals (BBC).