- Lebanon interior minister calls for restraint in protests
BEIRUT (AP) — Security forces have orders to show restraint at a planned mass protest against Lebanon's government this weekend, but will not tolerate attempts by "thugs" to make trouble, Lebanon's interior minister said Friday.
- UN envoy says Libya talks must end in 2 weeks
SKHIRAT, Morocco (AP) — Talks to form a national unity government in Libya moved forward Friday without one of the main negotiating partners as the U.N. envoy said an agreement must be reached in the next two weeks.
- Iraq's top cleric says government must genuinely seek change
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's top Shiite cleric said on Friday the government must show it was seeking genuine change to combat corruption and improve services and not just introduce temporary measures to placate the embattled nation.
- PLO parliament meeting set for mid-September in West Bank
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A top official says the parliament of the Palestine Liberation Organization will meet in the West Bank next month to elect a new leadership.
- US sanctions chief visits Israel amid Iran jitters
JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S. Department of the Treasury's sanctions chief is visiting Israel amid concerns in Jerusalem over the nuclear deal with Iran.