Another hummus record

Israel has taken the upper hand in a different Mideast conflict: cooks in a town near Jerusalem have made more than four metric tons of hummus. Doubling the previous record for hummus, set by cooks in Lebanon. Aaron Schachter reports.


Ahmadinejad in Lebanon

Iran's President Ahmadinejad pays a visit to Lebanon. He can expect a hero's welcome in Hezbollah strongholds but how will it play at home in Iran or in Israel? Lisa Mullins talks with Los Angeles Times Middle East correspondent Borzou Daragahi in Beirut.

Arts, Culture & Media

Claire Messud's Road to Beirut

Novelist Claire Messud talks with Marco Werman about a trip she took to Beirut in 2010. Messud had always wanted to visit the city, because her father had spent some of his childhood there but in 2010, her father was very ill in a hospice in Connecticut.

Global Scan

Sectarian violence costs more lives in Lebanon

The Sunni-Shiite conflict erupted again in Lebanon on Tuesday, killing dozens and injuring many more. Lebanon has been relatively calm in recent years, but there have been concerns Syrian violence would spill over. Plus, local government corruption is slowing the typhoon response in the Philippines and Parisians are developing a taste for grasshoppers.