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Topic - Michel Sulaiman
Tempers flared in the Middle East on Tuesday after a morning border skirmish between Israeli and Lebanese soldiers left four Lebanese and one Israeli dead.
Lebanese and Israeli troops exchanged fire on the border Tuesday in the most serious clashes since a fierce war four years ago. Four people were killed, including two Lebanese soldiers and an Israeli army officer.
The leaders of Syria and Saudi Arabia launched an unprecedented effort Friday to defuse fears of violence over upcoming indictments in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Military commanders often ride to power atop a tank, but in Lebanon, the key to army chief Michel Suleiman's rise to the nation's presidency has been keeping his men out of the fight.
NICOSIA, Cyprus — When Lebanon explodes — as it did this month and does with almost predictable regularity — and Beirut's airport shuts down, it is the rich who usually get to Cyprus first.
BEIRUT (AP) — Feuding Lebanese factions holding top-level crisis talks in Qatar hit new snags yesterday, with the U.S.-backed government side and the Hezbollah-led opposition disagreeing on how to go forward.