5 Austrialians among suspects arrested in Lebanon

Five Australians are among alleged Islamic extremists arrested in Lebanon in a counterterror crackdown, Australia's foreign minister said Friday. The government said Monday that only three Australians had been arrested after fighting by militants against Lebanese troops in the northern city of Tripoli. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Friday he knew little about the plight of Australians detained in Lebanon, and embassy officials in Beirut were seeking access to the prisoners. "There is good information that there is a fifth, but we haven't had confirmation finally of that," Downer told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.