Maronite bishops condemn Israeli airstrike in Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 5 (UPI) -- Maronite bishops, ripping Israel's latest airstrike on Hezbollah, Wednesday said Syrian airstrikes on Lebanon were the price of intervening in the crisis.

Lebanese officials condemn death of soldier in suicide attacks

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Two suicide attacks that resulted in the death of a Lebanese soldier in the city of Sidon were condemned Monday by Lebanon's leaders and lawmakers.

Upcoming presidential elections worries Lebanon

Dec. 10 (UPI) --As the term of current Lebanese President Michel Sleiman approaches its end this year, political figures in Lebanon have expressed concern that failure to elect a new leader to the post could result in the country's ruin.
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Lebanon's gas boom-in-waiting goes into deep freeze

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Lebanon's energy boom-in-waiting seems to be more or less on permanent hold these days, with little prospect that the country's perpetually feuding politicians can set aside their sectarian rivalries to get exploration under way.
Lebanese prime minister urges effort to free kidnapped bishops

Lebanese prime minister urges effort to free kidnapped bishops

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Lebanese President Michel Sleiman Monday pledged to help free two Christian bishops kidnapped in April near the Turkish border.
Obama announces new aid for Lebanese army

Obama announces new aid for Lebanese army

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- President Obama, in a bilateral meeting at the United Nations, said the United States will give $8.7 million in new support for the Lebanese army.
Obama schedule for Tuesday, Sept. 24

Obama schedule for Tuesday, Sept. 24

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York Tuesday, the White House said.

Hezbollah rails against EU decision

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 23 (UPI) -- Hezbollah criticized Europe's decision to blacklist its military wing, calling it aggressive and unjust, and saying there was no evidence to support it.

Salam named Lebanese prime minister

BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 7 (UPI) -- Lebanese President Michel Sleiman Saturday appointed Tamman Salam prime minister.

Army breaks up clashes in Lebanon

TRIPOLI, Lebanon, March 24 (UPI) -- The Lebanese army moved into the city of Tripoli to quell street clashes between supporters and opponents of Syria's government, officials said Sunday.

Lebanon's president accepts PM's departure

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 23 (UPI) -- Lebanese President Michel Sleiman accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Mikati Saturday, who said his decision was a personal one.

In Beirut, teachers vow to extend strike

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Leaders of a teachers' union in Lebanon called for the government to pass a wage hike, as an open-ended strike continued Wednesday.

Clashes break out at huge Beirut funeral

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Gunfire and tear gas erupted in downtown Beirut Sunday during the funeral for Lebanon's slain intelligence chief, witnesses said.

Pope urges new ideas for Mideast peace

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The Vatican said more than 350,000 people attended Pope Benedict XVI's Sunday mass in Lebanon.

Lebanon seeks journalist death probe

BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 10 (UPI) -- Lebanon asked Syria to investigate the death of a Lebanese cameraman shot by Syrian soldiers as the Tuesday deadline for a U.N.-brokered peace plan was ignored.
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Michel Sleiman
U.S. President George W. Bush (R) meets with Lebanese President Michel Sleiman in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on September 25, 2008. (UPI Photo/Kristoffer Tripplaar/POOL)

Michel Suleiman or Sleiman (Arabic: ميشال سليمان‎, born 21 November 1948) is the President of Lebanon. Before assuming office as President, he held the position of commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces. After LAF commander Émile Lahoud took office as president in November of 1998, Suleiman succeeded him, taking his place in December. Suleiman was later elected President and was sworn into office on May 25, 2008.

Suleiman was born in Amsheet. He joined the Lebanese Armed Forces in 1967 and went on to graduate from the Military Academy as 2nd Lieutenant in 1970. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Administrative Sciences from the Lebanese University. He is married to Wafaa Suleiman and has three children. His mother tongue is Arabic and he is also fluent in both French and English.

During his military service, he progressed from an infantry platoon leader to a Battalion Commander, and then assumed the position of a trainer in the Military Academy and in the non-commissioned officer School. From December 4, 1990 until August 24, 1991 he was appointed as the Chief of the Intelligence Branch of Mount Lebanon. The Lebanese Army Intelligence of Mount Lebanon was after the detention of hundreds of anti-Syrian demonstrators with some cases of reported torture. On August 25, 1991 he was reassigned to the post of the Army Staff Secretary-General until June 10, 1993. He was Commander of the 11th Infantry Brigade from June 6, 1993 to January 15, 1996, a period that witnessed violent confrontations with the Israeli forces in the West Beqaa Valley and South Lebanon regions. On January 15, 1996 he was appointed as Commander of the 6th Infantry Brigade and remained in this position until December 21, 1998, when he was appointed as the Commander of the Armed Forces.

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