Top of the Morning: Syria Spillover Watch: Heavy Fighting in Lebanon

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Syria Spillover Watch: Heavy Fighting Breaks Out in Lebanon

Yet another example of how Syria’s conflict is heightening tensions in Lebanon. “Ten Lebanese soldiers were killed in clashes Sunday with supporters of an anti-Hezbollah preacher in Abra, east of Sidon, said the Army, which vowed to push on with a crackdown against those targeting the military in response to the “cold-blooded” attack. Security sources said 38 soldiers were also wounded in the fighting that erupted after 2 p.m. and continued with growing ferocity throughout the evening hours of the day. They added at least two gunmen loyal to Sheikh Ahmad Assir were killed in the clashes. The fighting, which the Army said was reminiscent of events preceding Lebanon’s 1975-90 Civil War, highlighted the increasing impact of the conflict in Syria on its small neighbor.” (Daily Star

Brazil Protests: Not Going Away Anytime Soon

The protest movement sweeping Brazil has some features that could make it enduring. “More than 250,000 anti-government protesters have again taken to the streets in several Brazilian cities and engaged police in isolated intense conflicts. Demonstrators vowed to stay in the streets until concrete steps are taken to reform the political system. Across Brazil protesters gathered to denounce legislation known as PEC 37 that would limit the power of federal prosecutors to investigate crimes. Many fear the laws would hinder attempts to jail corrupt politicians.” (Guardian