Syrian rebels oust group linked to al-Qaida

Syria

Rebels oust group linked to al-Qaida

Syrian rebels ousted an al-Qaida-linked group from its local headquarters in a key northern city Wednesday, activists said. The capture of the base, formerly a children's hospital in Aleppo, underscores the intensity of the rebel-on-rebel fighting that has raged for days between moderate factions and their one-time allies, fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Meanwhile, two Swedish journalists who were abducted in Syria were released after a month and a half in captivity. Dozens of local and foreign journalists have been killed or kidnapped in Syria.

Washington

Space station's orbit extended

The International Space Station received a significant boost Wednesday when the Obama administration vowed to keep the laboratory in orbit at least until 2024, a four-year extension, NASA officials said Wednesday. The extension is a relief for NASA, which spends about $3 billion a year on the space station.

Utah

Same-sex couples dealt setback

The fortunes of 1,300 newlywed same-sex couples in Utah were thrown into turmoil Wednesday after the governor's office announced that it would not recognize their marriages while it presses its legal efforts to limit marriages to one man and one woman.

Elsewhere

California: Jahi McMath, a 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery, has been given the feeding and breathing tubes that her family had been trying to obtain for weeks.

Toronto: Canadian health officials said Wednesday a fatal case of H5N1 bird flu has been reported in Canada, the first such case in North America.

Washington: Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin, the commander whose decision to overturn a sexual assault conviction forced major changes in military law, said he is retiring from the Air Force.

Times wires

Syrian rebels oust group linked to al-Qaida 01/08/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 11:26pm]

    

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