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.
Saudi Arabia has been a strong backer of Egyptian coup regime, and the attack appeared to be the first on Saudi property or personnel in Egypt since then.
A team of 21 Uganda police officers will travel to Turkey in November for the training
The DRS decree is Bouteflika's latest measure to weaken the military role in politics
Some Russian troops stationed near the Ukraine border had left and others appeared to be preparing to leave.
Palestinians stage weekly protests on Friday against ongoing Israeli settlement building and the separation wall, which snakes across the occupied West Bank
Authorities said one man and five women were killed when troops stormed the house on Friday. Officials said two children were also rescued from the house.
Former Khmer Rouge leaders face charges of genocide against Cham Muslims and ethnic Vietnamese.
Record numbers of Muslim Rohingya flee western Myanmar after government launches crackdown.
A poll will be held Sunday at Admiralty protest site to decide future of pro-democracy demonstrations.
The government has received complaints about freedom fighters who had been forgotten despite their contributions to Zambia's independence
Erdogan said the Kurdish PYD had agreed to the passage of 1,300 Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters to Kobani to reinforce Kurdish forces there.
Serbia declared victor over Albania in Belgrade match after game wracked by turmoil is declared forfeit by soccer disciplinary body
Liberian protesters call out "I'm a Liberian not a virus!"
Three main parties – the BDP, the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) and the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) – are contesting 57 parliamentary seats and 489 council seats.
Parliamentary elections are final step in transforming political system after Maidan protests, says Ukraine's ambassador in Ankara
Driver who broke arm and leg in car crash crawls for 3 days to safety.