In an unexpected twist, the UN tribunal investigating the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has ordered the release of four senior Lebanese officials.
Older leaders among the minority aim to peacefully address discrimination but warn that younger Shiites are pushing for militancy.
The US Secretary of State dropped into Beirut Sunday to bolster US allies against Hezbollah supporters ahead of close parliamentary elections.
The recent spate of attacks have come as US troops are preparing to pull out of urban areas.
After meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II, he emphasized his commitment to Palestinian statehood – a top concern among Arabs.
Egyptian police have arrested 25 suspects and are hunting for another 24 in the Sinai peninsula, where officials say the Iranian-sponsored group Hezbollah was operating a covert cell.
After supporting an Army crackdown against lawlessness in the Bekaa Valley, the Shiite organization faces a backlash from angry clan members ahead of June elections.
For the first time in the Middle East, prisoners stage a play and gain insight and respite from overcrowding and anger.