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.
The search in the Baltic Sea less than 31 miles (50 km) from Stockholm brought back vivid memories of the final years of the Cold War as Swedish media report Russian link, Moscow denies it
Hundreds of Mombasa residents attended the emotional burial ceremony at the Mazrui family's cemetery in Mombasa's Old Town.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Araghchi says P5+1 group and Iran will gather in Austria on October 22
"The Israelis do not mind to have the Gazans working inside Israel or in the settlements around Gaza," Nazmi Mehanna, director of the Palestinian Authority's border authority, claims
Tehran summons Pakistani ambassador to discuss latest mutual border attack against Iranian security units
About half of Catalans want more independence from Spain and a vast majority favour holding a vote on their future, polls show.
Bosniak politician Alija Izetbegovic, who brought independence to his home country, is remembered in Bosnia Herzegovina on eleventh anniversary of his death
Pro-Russian rebels and government forces have continued to clash on the city's outskirts despite a Sept. 5 ceasefire accord
Israeli police imposed restrictions on the entry of Muslim worshippers into the compound since the early hours of the day RAMALLAH (AA) –
Separatists suspected of carrying out killings in southwestern Baluchistan province
Draft law being discussed in Congress with MILF would make future regional gov’t responsible for public order in Muslim south
North African neighbours Morocco and Algeria share a 1,500 km (970 miles) land border that runs from the Mediterranean Sea to the Sahara desert
The BND concluded the rebels were to blame after a detailed analysis based on satellite and other photos, Der Spiegel said.
Oby Ezekwesil, whose "Bring back our girls" campaign has highlighted daily protests in Abuja, said she was "cautiously optimistic" but "extremely anxious"
The union said the strike would affect all short- and mid-distance Lufthansa flights from Germany.
It is reported that Cameron wanted to cap the number of low-skilled migrants from within the EU who could register to work in the country