DAMASCUS, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- A mass blackout hit most of Syria 's southern and central cities, including the capital Damascus, due to damage to key power stations, local media reported.
The government engineers have started fixing the damaged stations and electricity, which went out at dawn Monday, will gradually recover in the next hours, Imad Khamis, the minister of electricity, told the local Sham FM radio.
He did not say who was behind the sabotage, but the government blamed "armed terrorist groups" for the previous outages. In January 2012, rebels attacked a key power line near Damascus, causing a blackout in the capital and much of southern regions.
Kerry meets EU foreign policy chief for talks
LONDON, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held talks here on Sunday with European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on issues concerning Iran, Syria and others, reports said.
On the Iranian issue, they discussed Iran's meeting scheduled for Oct.15-16 in Geneva with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, or P5+1, on Iran's controversial nuclear program. Full Story
Suicide bombings target Syria's state-TV headquarters
DAMASCUS, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- Two suicide car bombers detonated booby-trapped cars near the country's state television headquarters on Sunday evening in Damascus, Syria's state news agency reported.
Earlier, the pro-government Sama TV said the explosion interrupted an Al-Ekhbaria TV broadcast, one of a series of pro- government channels based in the main headquarters. Full Story
ICRC staff members abducted in Syria
GENEVA, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- Six staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and one Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) volunteer were abducted Sunday morning in northwestern Syria, said the ICRC.
They were abducted by unidentified armed men near Sareqeb in Idlib Governorate, the ICRC said in a statement. Full Story