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 total of confirmed deaths to had risen to 56, with 246 passengers, most of them children, still missing
Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launch air and ground assaults in a number of opposition-held areas
Security forces are currently combing the surrounding desert area around the checkpoint in search of the assailants who have fled the scene following the shootout
Israel dismisses Robert Serry's accusation of blocking him from ceremony in Jerusalem church as "micro-incident".
The remote controlled submarine is now in its eighth deep sea mission with no sign of wreckage so far. The drone has searched about half its targeted area
"Based on the agreement with the West, we were supposed to have half of our 200 kilogram stock of uranium diluted and the other half converted to uranium oxide," Iran's atomic chief, Ali Akbar Salehi said
Israeli policemen assaulted Palestinian worshippers and religious students at some of the gates as they were lining up to enter the holy site
Russia's state-run Rossiya 24 news station said three of the dead were with the pro-Russian separatists who control Slaviansk, and the other two were from the group which attacked their checkpoint.
The plane came down in an industrial estate in the municipality of Ramos Arizpe, just north of state capital Saltillo, the Coahuila attorney general's office said in a statement
The opposition withdrew from the assembly writing a new constitution and vowed public rallies against the drat
A 24-hour curfew was imposed following deadly ethnic clashes between Fulani herdsmen and indigenous Jukun tribesmen.
The settlement marks the latest turn in a long-running battle over the 36-storey building owned chiefly by Alavi Foundation, a non-profit Persian and Islamic cultural centre.
The judge referred the case to the Appeals Court for naming another judge for the trial.
Interior Ministry committee had granted wife Alma Shalabayeva and daughter Alua a five-year, renewable permit of stay.
Demonstrators including Egyptian diaspora students take to the streets in Sarajevo to protest against mass death penalty in Egypt.
An Egyptian court sentenced a leading figure of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed El-Beltag., to one year in prison for insulting the judiciary, the first sentence handed to a leader of the organisation