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.
Border clashes between Pakistani and Afghan security forces resulted into death of a policeman
Israel says around 40 Hamas member were detained around the city of Nablus in recent months
Security sources and witnesses said two explosions heard in Egypt's Rafah, Gaza border province.
The report prepared by UN over Gaza may be used as evidence of war crimes by Israel
The US has said that despite the challenges of Turkey, a buffer zone will not be supported.
A report by the UN has revealed that more than 135,000 asylum seekers have sought refuge in the EU in the first half of 2015.
According to Syrian Kurdish rebels they successfully re-took Tel Abyad after defeating ISIL
Staffan de Mistura will brief Ban Ki-moon next week on the current peace prospects in Syria
Attacks on military checkpoints in North Sinai leave at least 30 soldiers killed
A gunfight between Resistance Brigade and locals taken place in Saadiyat Tuesday night
Around 1,200 prisoners escaped during clashes at a jail in central Yemen on Tuesday,
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon aims to end the bloodshed in Syria already.
U.S. State Department says deadline for completion of negotiations put back to July 7.
Escalating violence in Yemen has devastated the country's health system and exposed millions of children to the threat of preventable diseases including measles, pneumonia and diarrhoea, UNICEF said.
Interior Minister says that Kuwait in state of war and warns armed groups.
Egyptian prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat was killed by a car bomb that struck his motorcade as it passed through an area of eastern Cairo