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US wants new Lebanon gov't free of Syria influence
The Obama administration on Tuesday threw its support behind efforts by Lebanon's president to form a new government in the aftermath of last week's deadly car bombing in Beirut that many blame on Syria or its ally, Hezbollah.

 

The State Department said the US believed it is time for the Lebanese people to choose a government that will counter the threat posed by the civil war in neighboring Syria, like Friday's bombing that killed an anti-Syrian intelligence official. But it also warned against any leadership changes leaving the country with a power vacuum.(AP)