Fear turns to hope in Lebanon as new govt. forms

Feb 18, 2014, 5:46 PM EST
 Syrian woman from the city of Latakia begs with her son in a wealthy district of Beirut on November 16, 2013 in Beirut, Lebanon.
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With the Syrian civil war effectively spilling over into Lebanon, politics in Beirut have been a disaster for nearly a year, with Prime Minister Tammam Salam unable -- until now -- to cobble together a government. But fear about a total collapse of the state has apparently brought strange bedfellows into agreement,  though parliament needs to elect a president before the end of May.

Background:

Lebanon government deal brings hope to fragile state [Reuters]

Cabinet formed after 11 months of deadlock [NYTimes]