UNITED NATIONS: The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday urged Lebanon’s parliament to quickly choose a new president to bolster stability as war rages across the border in Syria.

Lebanon has been without a president, who is also the commander-in-chief, since May because of disagreements between lawmakers.

The 15-member council "expressed concern at the prolonged vacancy in the office of the presidency with a view to preserving the stability and the unity of Lebanon," said Australian Ambassador Gary Quinlan, whose country chairs the council.