Following World War I, France acquired a mandate over the northern portion of the former Ottoman Empire province of Syria. The French demarcated the region of Lebanon in 1920 and granted this area independence in 1943.Since independence the country has been marked by periods of political turmoil interspersed with prosperity built on its position as a regional center for finance and trade.
King Idris of Libya has been deposed in what appears to have been a bloodless coup. A group of military officers have seized power and declared the country a republic. But the king, who is in Turkey, has dismissed the coup as “unimportant”. According to reports from the capital, Tripoli, troops and tanks converged on […]