BEIRUT: A 24-hour ceasefire was agreed yesterday to halt fighting between the Lebanese army and Islamist militants who seized a border town at the weekend, in the most serious spillover into Lebanon from Syria’s three-year-old civil war. A security source said the ceasefire, due from 7pm (1600 GMT), aimed to allow time for a mediator to investigate the fate of 22 soldiers missing since the militants seized Arsal on Saturday. Sunni Muslim clerics have been pursuing peacekeeping efforts.
KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait has stepped up controls on Islamic charities, including donations for war-ravaged Syria, as part of measures to curb funding for extremists, the Al Qabas daily said yesterday. Social Affairs and Labour Minister Hind Al Sabeeh said measures aim to “correct the course” of action of non-profit organisations. The new measures “oblige charities to issue a transparency document identifying the source and final destination of the funds they have raised,” she added. They also require charities authorised to raise funds to “obtain officially stamped receipts from the ministry, otherwise the collection of donations would be considered illegal. Any illegal work will not continue, and we will not tolerate it,” the minister said.