Feuding Lebanese factions agree to dialogue on new president

The Hizbullah-led opposition and US-backed Lebanese government agreed Thursday to hold political talks that will lead to the election of Lebanon's army chief as the compromise presidential candidate, an Arab mediator said. The feuding factions reached the deal one day after the Cabinet reversed measures aimed at reining in Iranian-backed Hizbullah. In return, the opposition removed a roadblock that had shut down the country's international airport for a week. Immediately after the deal was announced, bulldozers and opposition supporters began clearing a series of airport roadblocks along the highway.