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Minister claims Lebanon faces 'conspiracy' over gas fields

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- As Lebanon's political leaders and sectarian chieftains squabble over who will control the Energy Ministry and the oil and gas bonanza in the eastern Mediterranean, Energy Minister Gebran Bassil accuses rivals of "conspiring against our oil."

Lebanon's PM close to issuing Cabinet list

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam is pushing ahead with a Cabinet list despite reservations from a pro-Hezbollah official, a political leader said.

Lebanon pols battle over energy ministry to control gasfields

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- As deeply divided Lebanon struggles to form a new government after 10 months of political paralysis, one of the key issues is which faction will control the Energy Ministry and the development of potentially rich offshore gas fields.

Lebanon's prospects of gas bonanza slip further away

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- With Lebanon's long-awaited auction for exploration licenses in the gas-rich eastern Mediterranean postponed again because there's no functioning government, time may be running out for the tiny country to grasp what's likely to be its last chance for economic salvation as it slips once more toward sectarian savagery.

Lebanon's energy minister boasts gas reserves skyrocket, but ...

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Energy Minister Gebran Bassil says that the natural gas reserves off Lebanon's Mediterranean coast are far greater than previously estimated, and boasts of the possibility of 95.9 trillion cubic feet, plus 865 million barrels of oil.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.
By United Press International

Lebanon's feuding pols block Med gas drilling again

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Lebanon's problem-plagued efforts to launch a major gas exploration program in the eastern Mediterranean seems to be jinxed, largely because of feuding politicians who seem determined to sabotage the troubled country's hopes of economic salvation.

Lebanese Parliament sessions canceled due to MP boycott

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 29 (UPI) -- Parliament sessions in Lebanon were postponed Monday for the third time this month as a result of a repeat boycott by lawmakers, officials said.

Iran calls for support for Hezbollah, Syria

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 3 (UPI) -- It is important for members of the Lebanese political class to stand by Hezbollah and its support for the Syrian government, the Iranian envoy to Beirut said.

Lebanon's rifts threaten Med gas bonanza

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 21 (UPI) -- As Lebanon moves to explore Mediterranean natural gas fields, the chance for economic salvation could be wrecked by sectarian rivalries and endemic corruption.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 17, 2012.
By United Press International

Spy arrests expose Israeli penetration

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The arrest of a retired telecoms expert on suspicion of spying for Israel for 35 years has stunned Lebanon where 150 foreign agents have been arrested since 2009.
U.S. official visits Lebanese officials

U.S. official visits Lebanese officials

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A U.S. diplomat arrived in Beirut as the United States ramped up pressure on Lebanon to fund a U.N.-backed probe into the 2005 slaying of Rafik Hariri.
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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) greets officials as the Leader of Lebanese Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) Party Michel Aoun (L) looks on during their meeting in Tehran, Iran on October 13, 2008. (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah)
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Michel Naim Aoun (Arabic: ميشال نعيم عون‎) (born September 30, 1933) is a Lebanese politician. From 22 September 1988 to 13 October 1990, he served as Prime Minister of the legal one of two rival governments that contended for power. He declared "The Liberation War" against the Syrian Occupation on the 14th of March 1989, where he was defeated on the 13th of October and exiled to France. He returned to Lebanon on May 7, 2005, eleven days after the withdrawal of Syrian troops. In 2006, as head of the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), he signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hezbollah. He visited Syria in 2009. Known as "General," Aoun is currently a Member of Parliament. He leads the "Free Patriotic Movement" party which has 27 representatives and is the second biggest bloc in the parliament.

A Maronite, Michel Aoun was born to a modest family in the mixed Christian and Shiite suburb of Haret Hreik, to the south of Beirut. He finished his secondary education at the College Des Frères in 1955 and enrolled in the Military Academy as a cadet officer. Three years later, he graduated as an artillery officer in the Lebanese Army.

Michel Aoun is married to Nadia El-Chami. They have three daughters: Mireille, Claudine and Chantal.

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