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.
Ukraine's Interior Ministry said he was seen being bundled into a car by masked men in camouflage
The legacy of former dictatorial regime has affected current economic challenges that the country faces.
The 17 Palestinians, captured in a wide-scale arrest campaign, have been referred to investigation, Israel's Channel 7 said on Wednesday without disclosing where the detainees were taken from.
Hardliners in parliament said the event showed Rouhani was indulging in luxury while normal Iranians suffer economic hardship
The negotiations plunged into crisis this month when Israel refused to carry out the last of four waves of prisoner releases
Canberra's tough stance on asylum seekers has been criticised by the United Nations and other groups as illegal and inhumane.
A Chinese labour activist has been missing for more than 24 hours and his wife suspects he was detained by state security agents
A senior Egyptian police officer was killed when a bomb exploded under his car outside his home near Cairo, state television and a security source said
The rebels were killed in military operations during the last 24 hours.
The Japanese tanker, headed for Myanmar from Singapore, had Indonesian, Thai, Myanmar and Indian crew members.
Iran says Washington's denial of a visa for Abutalebi was "so obviously" a breach of a 1947 "headquarters agreement" between the United States and the United Nations
"We believe these new helicopters will help the Egyptian government counter extremists who threaten U.S., Egyptian, and Israeli security," Pentagon spokesman said
If found guilty, Yingluck could be forced to step down and some legal experts say the whole government would have to go with her
Russia has boosted the number of snap military drills since tensions have risen with neighbour Ukraine.
Authorities suspended the air search for the second day in a row on Wednesday due to heavy rain, low cloud and big seas.
Crimean Tatars unsatisfied with Russian President's minorities decree.