Lebanese presidential election postponed for third time

With just two weeks left before the president has to step down, Lebanon's parliament speaker on Saturday postponed presidential elections for the third time to give the deadlocked rival factions more time to come up with a compromise candidate. The 128-seat Parliament, dominated by anti-Syrian legislators, had been scheduled to meet Monday for another attempt to choose a successor to pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud, who steps down Nov. 24. A September session failed to reach quorum because of an opposition boycott, and an October attempt was postponed as negotiators struggled to find a compromise candidate.