Heavy fighting erupted again Monday between supporters and opponents of Lebanon's government, and reports said at least 17 of the latter were killed. Clashes in Tripoli, the No. 2 city, subsided early Sunday after government troops moved between the two sides. But when they pulled back, the hostilities resumed. The trouble has been the worst since the 1975-90 civil war. A delegation of Arab League foreign ministers was expected to arrive Tuesday to try to mediate an end to the fighting. Above, a car destroyed in the town of Chouweifat attracts a passing schoolboy.
No Western countries will be permitted to send observers to monitor Zimbabwe's presidential runoff election unless they first cancel economic sanctions against the Mugabe government,the Justice Ministry said Monday. Presidential challenger Morgan Tsvangirai had demanded international observers as a condition for agreeing to compete in the runoff, whose date has yet to be announced.
New Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced his proposed changes to Russia's government Monday, but with few exceptions the cabinet will remain as it was before he left the presidency last week. The major changes:
• splitting the Ministry of Energy and Industry in two, a move that analysts said reflects the growing importance of oil and gas exports and a need to address the underdeveloped manufacturing sector;