World Bulletin/News Desk
Lebanon's army said on Friday it was stepping up security at religious sites and other public places over the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday after a spate of kidnappings in Beirut and protests which blocked the airport road.
"Army units started taking exceptional security measures in the vicinity of religious places, main roads, shopping areas and tourist attractions," the army said in a statement.
A Lebanese Shi'ite clan kidnapped 20 Syrians and a Turkish businessman this week, saying it was holding them to secure the release of a relative captured by Syrian rebels in Damascus.
Sectarian tensions are already running high in Lebanon over the uprising in neighbouring Syria, where mainly Sunni Muslim rebels are seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, whose Alawite sect is an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam.
Eleven Shi'ite Lebanese men have been held in northern Syria by Syrian rebels for more than three months. Families of the captives burned tyres and blocked the Beirut airport road on Wednesday night after reports that some of their relatives had been wounded in a government air strike.
KDPI says PKK attacked a group of their Peshmerge on the Iran-iraq border, killed one and injured two.
The Egyptian-led drive called for tasking the UN secretary general with convening an international conference on making the Middle East a nuclear weapons-free zone by March 2016.
Iran's oil minister says OPEC unlikely to change its production ceiling
The delegation, contained Houthi spokesman and the head of the Houthi political council, was paying a visit to the sultanate at an invitation from it.
Philippine foreign department to appeal for Jennifer Dalquez, whose mother says she stabbed employer who attempted to rape her.
The Israeli army detained two Palestinian youths on the Gaza border
The contents of an Iranian aid ship will not be carried by Yemen but will be transferred to a World Food Program ship instead.
Barrel bombs have killed 14 people including children in a residential area in Deir Ez-Zor
The US and allies have staged 22 strikes near Ramadi since Friday
17 Egyptians were acquitted of charges of violating Egypt's protest law.
In meetings last week in Amman, the US ambassador on behalf of Israel, offered the use of Iron Dome technology to defend its border with Yemen where there is ongoing conflict
An Egyptian court has adjourned the Hamas lawsuit case until June 6.
Reports are coming in with witnesses saying that ISIL has raised their flag over Palmyra
The Turkish Foreign Ministry has denounced the bombing of worshippers by an ISIL-linked group.
Shi'ite forces have been deployed west of Ramadi heading towards areas controlled by ISIL.
Egyptian protesters have protested the Morsi death sentence and are seeking justice against 'politically-motivated', 'flawed' trial.