WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- It was late November 2007 when the already extended mandate of Lebanese President Emile Lahoud expired, the former president wished his staff at the presidential palace in Baabda good luck and goodbye, got into his armor-plated limousine and drove off into the night. Four months later and 16 attempts at staging elections to fill the vacant presidency, Baabda Palace remains unoccupied -- and Lebanon remains without a president.
It's considered one of the most important documents in the history of political and human freedom. This is the date, in 1215, that -- under pressure from rebellious barons -- England's King John signed the Magna Carta. Well, he actually didn't sign it --
From left, former Governor of Illinois Jim Edgar, Julie Celini, U.S. Senators Barack Obama and Dick Durbin, Congressman Ray Lahood, U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, Richard Norton Smith, First Lady Laura Bush, and President George Bush fill the stage at the dedication ceremonies at the Abraham Lincoln Library in Springfield, IL on April 19, 2005. (UPI Photo/T.J. Salsman)
Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide. UPI is a global operation with offices in Beirut, Hong Kong, London, Santiago, Seoul and Tokyo. Our headquarters is located in downtown Washington, DC, surrounded by major international policy-making governmental and non-governmental organizations.
UPI licenses content directly to print outlets, online media and institutions of all types. In addition, UPI's distribution partners provide our content to thousands of businesses, policy groups and academic institutions worldwide. Our audience consists of millions of decision-makers who depend on UPI's insightful and analytical stories to make better business or policy decisions.
In the year of our 106th anniversary, our company strives to continue being a leading and trusted source for news, analysis and insight for readers around the world.