Rebels link up more…
Rebels link up
BEIRUT, Reuters – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday that Syrian rebels fighting Government forces had linked up with fighters from besieged eastern Aleppo, breaking a month-long siege. But it said no secure corridor had yet been established between the two rebel-held territories. The observatory and a witness said heavy fighting and air strikes were continuing in the Ramousah area of southwestern Aleppo.
BATAM, Indonesia, Reuters – Indonesian police found only a stash of bomb-making materials after arresting six men suspected of planning a rocket attack on Singapore from a nearby island, a senior officer said on Saturday. But police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said a search was on for more members of a gang now believed to be part of a wider network taking instructions from a Syria-based Islamic State militant to launch attacks across Southeast Asia.
TOKYO, Reuters – Japan issued a new protest to Beijing on Saturday after Chinese coastguard ships and about 230 fishing vessels sailed close to what Tokyo considers its territorial waters around disputed islets in the East China Sea, Japan’s foreign ministry said. The latest incident comes amid heightened tensions, less than a month after an arbitration court in The Hague invalidated China’s sweeping claims in the disputed South China Sea, in a case brought by the Philippines.
NAIROBI, Reuters – Most of Kenya suffered a blackout on Saturday because of a fault on a major transmission line serving the capital Nairobi, electricity distributor Kenya Power said. By 10pm GMT, supply had been restored to all major regions including the capital Nairobi, West Kenya and North Rift, South Nyanza and the Coast area.