RWANDA FREES OPPN LEADER, 2,100 OTH­ERS

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION -

KIGALI: One of Rwanda’s most prom­i­nent op­po­si­tion lead­ers walked free on Satur­day af­ter the gov­ern­ment ap­proved the early re­lease of more than 2,100 pris­on­ers with lit­tle ex­pla­na­tion. Vic­toire Ingabire Umuhoza, head of the Fdu-inkingi op­po­si­tion party, was ar­rested in 2010 and found guilty of con­spir­acy to un­der­mine the gov­ern­ment and deny­ing Rwanda’s 1994 geno­cide, charges that she de­nied. AP

At least 13 peo­ple dead in In­done­sia ferry ac­ci­dent

JAKARTA: At least 13 peo­ple have been killed and eight were miss­ing af­ter a ferry caught fire and sank in cen­tral In­done­sia, an of­fi­cial said on Satur­day. The boat was be­lieved to be car­ry­ing nearly 150 pas­sen­gers off the coast of Su­lawesi prov­ince on Fri­day when the blaze started. High waves ham­pered ini­tial res­cue ef­forts but 126 peo­ple had been saved by Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Afghan mil­i­tary he­li­copter crashes, all 5 aboard dead

KABUL: A he­li­copter car­ry­ing se­cu­rity forces crashed in western Afghanistan, killing all five peo­ple on board, in­clud­ing the pi­lot, of­fi­cials said on Satur­day.the lat­est crash was caused by tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties rather than a mil­i­tant attack, said Naser Mehri, a spokesman for the gover­nor of Farah prov­ince. REUTERS

Rus­sia holds naval drills in Sea of Ja­pan

KLERK PENIN­SULA: Rus­sian troops tak­ing part in the coun­try’s largest-ever war games on Satur­day held drills in the Sea of Ja­pan, de­spite Tokyo’s con­cerns about a Rus­sian mil­i­tary buildup in the area. The ex­er­cises were part of the Vos­tok-18, or East-18, war games that kicked off in eastern Rus­sia on Septem­ber 11 and will run un­til Mon­day.

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