DAMASCUS -- Israel launched missile strikes at some sites in the Syrian capital of Damascus and the central province of Homs on Thursday night, Syrian state TV reported.
The Syrian air defenses responded to the attacks, intercepting most of the Israeli missiles, reported the TV, citing a military source. (Syria-Israel-Missile Strikes)
ISTANBUL -- Turkish police have detained 506 illegal immigrants in Turkey's biggest city Istanbul, Istanbul Governor's Office announced on Thursday.
Istanbul police forces have recently beefed up their controls against irregular refugees and detained 506 undocumented foreign nationals, including 239 Afghans, across the city on Wednesday, the governor's office said in a written statement. (Turkey-Istanbul-Illegal Immigrants)
BEIRUT -- The United States informed Lebanon on Thursday that it has decided to help the country draw electricity from Jordan through Syria, a statement by Lebanon's Presidency reported.
The plan would provide Egyptian natural gas to Jordan for generation into additional electricity that can be transmitted to Lebanon via Syria, as well as facilitate the transfer of natural gas to Lebanon. (Lebanon-U.S.-electricity)
KHARTOUM -- Sudan's Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdelbari said Sudan will expand cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to ensure trial of those accused of war crimes in the Darfur region, including former President Omar al-Bashir, official SUNA news agency reported on Thursday.
Sudan signed six months ago a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the ICC regarding the trial of Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman, also known as Ali Kushayb, but the cooperation will expand to include three persons currently wanted by the court, including al-Bashir, former Interior Minister Ahmed Mohamed Haroun and former Defense Minister Abdul-Rahim Mohamed Hussein, Abdelbari was quoted as saying. (Sudan-ICC-Darfur Trials)