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Arab League Chief Says No Deal Reached in Lebanon Talks


The head of the Arab League says discussions with Lebanese political rivals on ending the country's political crisis have not produced an agreement.

Amr Moussa warned that rival political leaders are not talking to each other and he urged them not to increase tensions.

Moussa had been meeting in Beirut with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora and the pro-Syrian opposition to try to bridge the differences between the two sides. Moussa said on Saturday that he plans to resume mediation efforts in the new year.

In November, the Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah and its pro-Syrian allies left Lebanon's cabinet, demanding more power in the government. The groups have since organized massive demonstrations in Beirut against the government.

Prime Minister Siniora has the support of Western nations and Saudi Arabia. He so far has rejected demands to step down.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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