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.
Two South Koreans, two Chinese and two Indonesian fishermen were rescued, while the 18 Sierra Leonean fishermen who also worked on the ship were not on board at the time
Brown, a Scot, will make his first speech in support of the cross-party Better Together campaign, warning Scots of a possible deficit in pension funds if they opt out of the 307-year old union
Police were guarding the spot in West Wellow, Hampshire, southern England, where the thieves are thought to have tapped into the 14-inch pipeline
Libyan gunmen have seized two Tunisian diplomats in the past month to demand the release of fellow militants jailed in Tunisia
Russian Internet channel Life News posted video of her being escorted by masked men in combat gear and of an activist saying she was under arrest
International powers who back his opponents have described plans to hold the election as a "parody of democracy"
"I have signed a decree to rehabilitate the Crimean Tatar population, the Armenian population, Germans, Greeks - all those who suffered during Stalin's repressions," Putin told a State Council meeting.
A Somali lawmaker was killed in central Mogadishu when a bomb planted in his car went off
7.5 million Catalonians look set to vote in favor of independence later this years despite firm dissaproval from Spain's Constitutional Court.
UK premier David Cameron has been accused of fostering division in society with an article published in a Christian newspaper.
It was said that the strikes were in response to the firing earlier of six rockets from Gaza into southern Israel.
"Steps are being taken - above all by those who seized power in Kiev - not only that do not fulfil, but that crudely violate the Geneva agreement," he said.
A row between the two countries on Ethiopia's controversial multibillion-dollar hydroelectric dam on the Nile River has been at the center of a crisis in bilateral relations.
Grand Mufti Mohammed Hussein said he was present at Sunday's protests and said police "threw the sound bombs into the (al-Aqsa) mosque itself".
The Sunday raids came only one day after another drone attack on an Al-Qaeda hideout in the central Al-Bayda' province left ten rebels and three civilians dead, according to a security source.
The deal was struck within the framework of peace talks between Hamas and Fatah.