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Syrian rebels capture border crossing with Israel in clashes with Assad's forces

National News - 51 min 7 sec ago
Syrian rebels, including fighters from an al-Qaida-linked group, seized control of a frontier crossing with Israel in the Golan Heights on Wednesday after heavy clashes with President Bashar Assad's forces, activists and rebels said. The capture of the post along Syria's de facto border in the Golan held more symbolic value than strategic, but rebels said it would provide relief to nearby villages that were under siege by government troops. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an array of rebel fighters, including from the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and the Western-backed Free Syrian Army, took the crossing after heavy fighting that left at least 20 Syrian soldiers and an unknown number of rebels dead. Gen. Ibrahim Jbawi, the spokesman for the Free Syrian Army's southern front, confirmed the rebel gains, as did the Local Coordination Committees activist group.
Categories: National News

Brazil telecoms battle heats up as Oi steps in

Business News - 53 min 54 sec ago

By Robert Hetz and Leila Abboud MADRID/PARIS (Reuters) - The battle over Brazil's telecoms market is heating up, with the country's biggest fixed-line firm Oi signaling it may make an offer for Telecom Italia's local mobile business. The move throws a potential wrench into the bidding war for Vivendi's Brazilian broadband unit GVT, which both Telecom Italia and Spain's Telefonica are pursuing to bolster their mobile businesses in the country - number two Tim Brasil and number one Vivo respectively. Brazil's leading telecoms groups are jostling for position as they seek to increase their customer bases and gain ownership of high-speed fixed networks. Oi wants to spur consolidation in mobile, which would reduce the number of operators from four to three and potentially take some of the heat out of the competition - a pattern seen in markets such as Austria, Germany and Ireland.


Holy cow. Meet your new 'Bachelor'

CNN Entertainment - 54 min 21 sec ago
Will Chris Soules ever love any woman as much as he loves corn? We're about to find out.
Categories: Entertainment News

Uber eyes aggressive expansion in Germany despite bans

National News - 59 min 19 sec ago

From now until the end of the year, it expects to double the number of subscribed users in Germany, after growing fivefold so far in 2014, the company said. Currently, Uber is operating in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt and Duesseldorf. Other German cities are also considering a ban, according to media reports. Uber has faced regulatory obstacles in a number of European cities as well as legal challenges from taxi companies hoping to keep new competition out.


Categories: National News

2 rescued from disabled boat 2 miles from brink of Niagara Falls; boaters airlifted to safety

National News - 1 hour 3 min ago
Authorities say two boaters were about two miles from the brink of Niagara Falls when they were rescued from their disabled vessel by a U.S. Coast Guard officials say their Buffalo station received a call around 9:15 p.m. Monday reporting a 19-foot motor boat with two men aboard was anchored in the Niagara River about 2,000 feet inside the 2.5-mile exclusion zone from the falls. A crew from the Coast Guard air station in Detroit was dispatched to the scene, along with a Coast Guard vessel from Buffalo and boat crews from state and local police. A Coast Guard helicopter rescued the two boaters shortly before midnight.
Categories: National News