Clashes Wound 6 in Lebanese Capital
Lebanese security officials say at least six people have been wounded in clashes in southern Beirut, amid rising tensions following the assassination of a top security official.
Soldiers and tanks were deployed between Sunni and Shi'ite neighborhoods in the capital's Kaskas district Monday, trying to bring calm to the area.
Separate fighting in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli killed at least one person and wounded 10 others.
Meanwhile, a group of protesters has set up tents outside Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati's office, vowing to remain there until he resigns.
The sit-in began late Sunday outside the building in central Beirut. Earlier Sunday, Lebanese security forces fired their weapons into the air and used tear gas to disperse protesters who were trying to storm the building.
The demonstrators are demanding Mr. Mikati quit over the assassination of Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, a top intelligence official who died along with seven others in a car bombing Friday that many blame on the government in neighboring Syria.
Former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri and opposition leader Walid Jumblatt have both accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of being behind the blast. Prime Minister Mikati's government is supported by Lebanon's pro-Syrian Hezbollah militia.
Castro Disputes Ill-Health Rumors
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has written an article in state media disputing claims he is on his death bed. It was posted on the cubadebate.cu Internet website early Monday, accompanied by several photographs of the 86-year-old former leader, showing him standing outside while leaning on a cane and reading a newspaper from Friday.
On Sunday former Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua said he met with the aging revolutionary icon for five hours.
Jaua said Mr. Castro personally accompanied him back to the Hotel Nacional in Havana after their meeting Saturday. Jaua showed the media photographs of his encounter with the former Cuban leader.
Mr. Castro's last public appearance was in March with visiting Pope Benedict. Last week there was a flurry of rumors that Mr. Castro was seriously ill.
Mr. Castro rose to power after the 1959 revolution. He remains popular to many in Cuba, where previous absences have fueled questions about his health. He temporarily ceded power to his brother, Raul, in 2006 while suffering from an intestinal illness, before fully transferring power in 2008.