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 new terminal, due to be completed in six years, will raise capacity at Kuwait's only airport to 25 million passengers annually from around seven million now
Appointment of Avigdor Lieberman comes as quid pro quo for his Yisrael Beiteinu party joining fragile Netanyahu government
Mohamed Badie, the Brotherhood's supreme guide, has already been sentenced to death and prison terms in other trials
'The coalition crisis is over and the cabinet will convene tomorrow (Monday) morning to approve the appointment of the ministers,' Netanyahu's Likud party says
Mohammed Alloush condemns the international community's 'inability to enforce resolutions, in particular regarding humanitarian issues, (such as) the lifting of sieges, access to aid, the release of prisoners and adherence to the ceasefire'
'Iraq's problem is religious conflicts caused by Iranian interference,' says Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir
Israeli forces arrest Palestinians accused of being involved in bombing that injured 19 people
'More than 6,000 civilians, most of them women and children, were able to flee areas in the countryside of Aleppo province' as ISIL launches an offensive against the Syrian opposition
'After two series of negotiations without any results because of obstacles raised by the Saudis, Iranian pilgrims will unfortunately not be able to take part in the hajj,' state media reported
UN refugee agency says it is 'immediately' alerting Turkish authorities of developments in Azaz, northern Syria
ISIL has taken control of a number of villages in eastern and southern Azaz district
'Heavy clashes took place overnight between ISIL fighters and opposition inside the walls of Marea town,' a monitor says
Supreme leader urges freshly-elected parliament to be a stronghold against ‘impudence, charms’ of nation’s enemies
Syrian regime and Russian warplanes launch at least 40 airstrikes on towns in Aleppo province
The Pentagon has banned troops in Syria from wearing these Kurdish militia patches
UN humanitarian coordinator Jan Egeland says reaching aid for Syrians it is impossible and a critical situation in some areas.