Lebanon's prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri announced today he was stepping down after failing to form a government with rival groups. Hariri blamed the Hezbollah-led opposition for blocking his efforts. The World's Aaron Schachter reports.
People throughout the Middle East are glued to their TV screens, watching the events in Egypt unfold live. Ben Gilbert reports from Lebanon, where televisions in bars and shops are constantly broadcasting the news from Egypt.
Lebanon, like many of Syria's neighbors, is groaning under the weight of refugees as that country's civil war continues with no end in sight. In Lebanon, officials recently imposed a curfew on foreign laborers in an effort to restrict Syrian refugees.
Ahmad, like many Lebanese kids, wants to be a basketball star when he grows up. For now, he's getting to train towards his unlikely goal thanks to a Lebanese NGO that believes such dreams are important for disadvantaged children.
Saudi Arabia and Iran are engaged in a sort of regional cold war. US officials have said they hope the Iran deal would lead to diplomatic breakthroughs, but it's just as likely (perhaps more) to lead to greater tensions.