The president is too ‘powerless’ and the Israeli lobby and corporate interests too strong, the Al Qaeda leader said in a purported taped address.
The prime minister-designate announced he was stepping down, 10 weeks after fruitless negotiations to form a new government.
The opening of a Foreign Ministry office for religion signals a rising awareness of the political clout of the world's faiths.
An organization helping teachers to promote conflict resolution in classrooms hopes the effort could blossom into a more peaceful national culture.
A lead Palestinian peace negotiator says the demand for a full settlement freeze – not a partial one – is a precondition to resuming peace talks. But a meeting between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Abbas is still possible in September.
The impoverished country's battles against Shiite rebels and a growing Al Qaeda threat have heightened tensions between Sunni and Shiite neighbors in the region.
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah hurled the latest warning on Friday, a month after 60 blasts at a suspected Hezbollah weapons cache in southern Lebanon heightened tensions.