Lebanon delays talks on new prime minister amid divisions

Lebanon’s president has postponed talks with heads of parliamentary blocs on naming a new prime minister after the main Christian groups refused to back current caretaker premier Saad Hariri. The delay was based on a request by Hariri to allow more time for discussions. The postponement follows a violent weekend that saw the toughest crackdown on anti-government protesters in two months of unrest. Lebanese security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons to disperse hundreds of demonstrators amid a worsening economic and financial crisis in the tiny Mediterranean country.