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 Interview" is a comedy about two journalists recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
Two Egyptian military officers and two from the United Arab Emirates were killed when their plane crashed during a joint exercise in Egypt, official reports said.
Their deaths would bring the number of Sheitaat members said to have been killed by the ISIL to over 900.
Castro praised Obama for agreeing to the prisoner exchange and pushing for a new relationship with Cuba.
The announcement follows the release of American Alan Gross, 65, from a Cuban prison where he was held for five years
Iran and the P5+1 group hold talks in Geneva after both sides failed to meet Nov. 24 deadline in Vienna
Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone conference Wednesday with the leaders of Germany, France and Ukraine to discuss creating a lasting peace in Ukraine.
A senior Fatah member has hailed the historic decision adopted by the European parliament on Wednesday calling for recognition of Palestinian statehood.
The university claimed that it had been proven that the dismissed students were involved in violence on campus since the new academic year began in early October
U.S. predator plane attacks Taliban vehicle; number of drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan increasing
The dispute between Erbil and Baghdad, fueled by independent Kurdish oil exports through Turkey, is on the way towards a solution as Erbil helps Baghdad sell Kirkuk oil
Orhaneli and Tuncbilek thermal power plants located in western central provinces of Kutahya and Bursa have been privatised for $521 million
The relationship should be at the level of official political, diplomatic and economic channels between the two countries.
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has given orders not to deport Malian refugees who entered Algeria illegally due to deteriorating security conditions in Mali,
Russian consumers also suffer as Apple halts sales and foreign car deliveries halted.
European Union says court's decision is legal ruling, not a political decision, which will be made by EU governments.