World Bulletin / News Desk
The death toll from fighting between Lebanese Sunni Muslims and Alawites echoing the conflict in Syria climbed to at least 12 on Wednesday, the third day of clashes described as some of the heaviest since Lebanon's 1975-90 civil war.
More than 100 people have been wounded in the bloodshed this week along a sectarian fault line in the northern city of Tripoli running between the Sunni district of Bab al-Tabbaneh and the Alawite area of Jebel Mohsen.
"A ceasefire was supposed to take place this afternoon but it did not happen," a Tripoli resident told Reuters.
The sectarian tone of the fighting reflects the conflict in neighbouring Syria which increasingly sets a mainly Sunni Muslim opposition against President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite minority.
After a night-time lull, Tripoli was rocked by around two dozen explosions between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Wednesday, apparently caused by rocket-propelled grenades, witnesses said. The fighters have also been using machineguns.
Sunni-Alawite tensions have been chronic in the region and they boiled over into clashes in early June that killed 15 people. At least 10 soldiers have been wounded in efforts to stop the violence.
Eight ministers would arrive in Gaza together with the energy authority head, the environmental quality authority head and 35 other civil servants
Indonesia AirAsia said there were 155 passengers and seven crew on board. It said 156 were Indonesian, with three from South Korea and one each from Singapore, Malaysia and France.
Bahraini authorities detained the head of the main Shi'ite Muslim opposition group after he was summoned for questioning over unspecified violations.
From Jan. 1, 2015, the mission will evolve into training and advising the nascent Afghan security forces. The 13,000 foreign troops will come from 28 NATO allies and 14 other partner nations.
A Turkish ship with 11 crew members sank after the collision with a vessel carrying a Belize flag in poor visibility a mile from the Italian Adriatic port of Ravenna
The Norman Atlantic, carrying 222 vehicles, 411 passengers and 55 crew, was 44 nautical miles northwest of the island of Corfu when it sent a distress signal after a fire started in the lower deck
Mohamed El Hejazi, spokesman for armed forces loyal to Thinni, said his air force had attacked Misrata's port, an air force academy near the airport and Libya's biggest steel plant
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress' desicion is a major blow to Rajapaksa's campaign for a third term in office, with more than 20 lawmakers and ministers already defecting to the opposition.
Egypt claims current Turkish policies were based on "ideological thinking" that sought to serve the best interests of one party at the cost of the whole region. Turkish PM says relations can be brought to a better level when the Egyptian regime takes necessary steps to be a country of law and pay attention to the national will of its own people.
Israeli army troops opened fire on a demonstration staged by various Palestinian factions near the crossing to denounce Israel's years-long blockade of the Gaza Strip.
The AirAsia group of airlines has had a virtually unblemished safety record until Sunday compared with competitors like Malaysia Airlines and Indonesian carriers such as Lion Air and Garuda Indonesia
Gaza's Interior Ministry, citing the children's "suspicious" itinerary, confirmed they were barred from crossing the border.
Mahmoud al-Azhari, spokesman for the "Students against Coup" group, has condemned the university move to expel the students.
Ghaleb Abu Zeinab, a member of Hezbollah political council, had tendered his resignation two days ago for "personal reasons"
The release order includes some student supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, who have been recently arrested from pro-Morsi university protests. 23 young activists' jail terms convicted of violating a law banning protests without a permit reduced
Prominent Taliban commander reportedly killed; was responsible for most attacks on national forces, Afghan officials say.