Arab League chief fails to break Lebanese election deadlock

The head of the Arab League said Saturday that he was leaving Lebanon after failing to get the country's feuding politicians to agree on an Arab plan to elect a new president and end the state's deepening political crisis. After four days of talks, Amr Moussa said the situation in Lebanon was still "serious" and promised to return to Beirut in the next few days to continue his discussions with members of the Western-backed government and pro-Syrian opposition. "I don't want to give a dose of optimism, nor to describe the situation as pessimistic," said Moussa. "There is still hope as long as we are working." The Arab League secretary general arrived in Beirut on Wednesday to discuss ways of implementing a plan unanimously endorsed by Arab foreign ministers last week calling for the election of army commander