US renews support for Lebanese PM Saniora

The US government Monday expressed renewed support for Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora, whose embattled government faces growing pressure from pro-Syrian factions. Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hizbullah, stoked the crisis Sunday by suggesting early elections and threatening to stage demonstrations by his supporters. "We support the elected government of Prime Minister Saniora and we're going to continue to work with them to help them move forward on a broad range of issues that we've got with them," US State Department spokesman Tom Casey said Monday.