• A Lebanese activist paints graffiti on a concrete wall installed by authorities near the main Lebanese government building, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. Anticipating more protests, authorities installed a concrete wall near the main Lebanese government building, site of the largest protests. On Saturday and Sunday nights, police fired tear gas and water cannons at the protesters, battling them in the streets of Beirut in dramatic clashes, wounding dozens. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Hezbollah throws weight behind protests, deepening crisis

    BEIRUT (AP) — The powerful Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah threw its weight Tuesday behind mass protests calling for the government’s resignation, deepening a crisis that started over piles of uncollected garbage in the streets of the capital but has tapped into a much deeper malaise.

  • Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, meets with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, in Athens, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Tsipras announced his government’s resignation and called early elections Thursday, seeking to consolidate his mandate to implement a new three-year international bailout that sparked a rebellion within his radical left Syriza party. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    What Greece’s new elections mean for the bailout

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, has resigned and called new elections — just as the country was starting to tap its new bailout package.

  • People walk past the Greek parliament in Athens, on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Greece's president asked the main opposition party Friday to try to form a new government, a day after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned and called an early election next month to deal with a governing party rebellion over Greece's third bailout deal.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    Greece’s Tsipras bets on early polls to boost reform mandate

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s main opposition party launched efforts to form a new government Friday following Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ resignation, but made no progress in what appears a doomed task — which will pave the way for another potentially destabilizing election.