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Ottawa pushes for business as usual after shootings

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a nationally televised address on CBC in this still image taken from video courtesy of CBC in Ottawa,By Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian government determined to return to business as usual on Thursday after a reported convert to Islam shot dead a soldier at the National War Memorial and rampaged through Parliament before being killed himself. Employees began returning to the Parliament Hill complex amid tighter security. The House of Commons was set to open on schedule at 10 a.m. (1400 GMT), with Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaking at that time. ...

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:42:26 -0400
U.S.-led air strikes killed 521 fighters, 32 civilians in Syria: monitor

Smoke and flames rise over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian borderBEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes by U.S.-led forces have killed 521 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria, a monitoring group which tracks the violence said on Thursday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the vast majority of the deaths, 464, were militants from Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot which has grabbed large areas of Syria and neighboring Iraq. The attacks also killed 57 members of the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, the Observatory said. Six of the civilians were children and five were women, it added. ...

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:32:58 -0400
China does not rule out Tibet visit by U.N. rights chief

Jordan's Prince Zeid al-Hussein High Commissioner for Human Rights attends news conference at UN in GenevaBEIJING (Reuters) - China has not ruled out a visit by the United Nations human rights chief to its unrest-plagued regions of Tibet and Xinjiang, but said on Thursday he must apply through "appropriate channels". Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, said last week he was in talks with Chinese authorities on visiting Tibet. Asked whether he would also visit Xinjiang, he did not rule out the possibility, but said it would be premature to discuss details of the trip. "China hopes to develop cooperation with the U.N. ...

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:38:38 -0400
Exclusive: Charred tanks in Ukraine point to Russian involvement

A destroyed T-72 tank is seen on a battlefield near separatist-controlled StarobesheveBy Maria Tsvetkova and Aleksandar Vasovic HORBATENKO Ukraine (Reuters) - The burnt-out remains of dozens of tanks and armored vehicles in fields near this small village bear witness to the ferocity of a battle that turned the tide of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Most of the tanks were used by the government forces routed in August near Horbatenko, 40 km (25 miles) southeast of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, a defeat so demoralizing that days later Kiev agreed a ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists. ...

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:39:01 -0400
East of Kobani, Turkish town appreciates 'peace' brought by Islamic State

Turkish Kurds watch the smoke rises from Syrian town of Kobani near the Mursitpinar border crossing, on the Turkish-Syrian borderBy Humeyra Pamuk AKCAKALE Turkey (Reuters) - Residents of a Turkish border town, an hour's drive from where Islamic State is battling for control of Kobani, appreciate the quiet they say the Sunni militants brought when they swiftly seized neighboring Syrian territory. Months of infighting last year between Islamist groups and the Free Syrian Army (FSA), a rebel group aiming to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, kept Akcakale residents on their toes with daily explosions and mortar shells. ...

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:46:01 -0400
Ukrainian PM warns Russia may try to disrupt Sunday's election

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk gives an interview on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New YorkKIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk on Thursday warned of possible attempts by Russia to disrupt Sunday's parliamentary election in Ukraine and ordered a full security mobilization to prevent "terrorist acts" being carried out. "It is clear that attempts to destabilize the situation will continue and be provoked by the Russian side. They did not succeed during the presidential election (in May) ... but their plans have remained," he told a meeting of top security chiefs and election monitors. "We need ... ...

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:56:24 -0400
US: IS earns $1M a month in black market oil sales

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2011 file photo, Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Treasury Department says Islamic State militants are amassing wealth at an unprecedented pace, earning about $1 million a month from black market oil sales alone. Cohen said Thursday that the militant group also has taken in at least $20 million in ransom payments this year from kidnappings. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department says Islamic State militants are earning about $1 million a month just from black market oil sales.

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:01:27 -0400
NK experts: US must apologize to free detainees

In this Sept. 1, 2014 file photo, Matthew Miller, an American detained in North Korea, serving a six-year sentence, speaks to The Associated Press in Pyongyang, North Korea. Why did North Korea free Jeffrey Fowle, and only him, when two other Americans, Miller and Kenneth Bae, remain in prison there? Probably because Pyongyang considered him the most minor of the three offenders, and may believe that releasing him could improve abysmal U.S. relations and even temper growing international criticism of its human-rights record. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The United States government must make a formal apology to secure the freedom of two Americans who remain imprisoned in North Korea after the release this week of Jeffrey Fowle, North Korean legal experts said Thursday.

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:00:08 -0400
US-led strikes kill more than 500 militants in Syria

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobane following an airstrike on October 22, 2014US-led air strikes in Syria were reported Thursday to have killed more than 500 jihadists in a month, as Kurdish fighters prepared to reinforce the embattled border town of Kobane. An AFP correspondent across the frontier in Turkey reported fierce clashes in several parts of Kobane early Thursday, with heavy gun and mortar fire. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that 200 Iraqi Kurd peshmerga fighters would travel through Turkey to join the battle in Kobane, where about 1,000 IS militants are believed to be fighting. Fighter jets were again heard flying over Kobane on Thursday, the AFP reporter said, a month after the US-led coalition expanded its aerial campaign against IS in Iraq to Syria.

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:58:41 -0400
Serena receives Tarpischev apology

Serena Williams of the US reacts after hitting an autographed ball into the crowd following her win over Canada's Eugenie Bouchard during their singles match at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore,Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)SINGAPORE (AP) — Serena Williams says she has received a written apology from Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev for offensive comments in which he called her and sister Venus the "Williams brothers."

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:57:31 -0400
Botswana readies for crunch vote

Activists for the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) distribute posters with the picture of President Ian Khama at a pre-election gathering in Gaborone, on October 22, 2014Botswana's political parties made their final pitches Thursday in a fiercely fought election that will test the strength of the ruling party against an invigorated opposition driven by a growing calls for change. Dubbed "Judgement Day" by local media, Friday's general election will see President Ian Khama attempt to secure a second term, following a lavish campaign anchored on the successes of his party's long history in office. Khama's Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has governed the landlocked diamond-rich southern African country since independence from Britain in 1966. Khama is battling to win over voters in urban areas, where opposition parties have made some inroads since the formation of a breakaway party, the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) in 2010.

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:57:07 -0400
US stocks rise in early trading on earnings

Specialist Charles Boeddinghaus works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Stocks are opening mixed as investors look over earnings reports from U.S. companies. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose Thursday in early trading, driven by encouraging earnings from companies including Caterpillar and General Motors. Investors were also encouraged by some positive manufacturing news out of Europe.

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:55:20 -0400
EU leaders seek more Ebola funding at summit

A volunteer of the German forces Bundeswehr gets sprayed a bleach mixture on his protective suit during a training for the Ebola virus in Appen about 25 kilometers (15,5 miles) north of Hamburg, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. The volunteers of the German forces Bundeswehr get trained for a mission to support the German Red Cross in Liberia in the fight against the Ebola epidemic. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday came up with another 24.4 million euros ($31 million) to fight Ebola, as the bloc's leaders pressed to create a 1 billion-euro ($1.26 billion) fund to fight the deadly virus.

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:53:58 -0400
Controversy never far from shirt-swapper Balotelli

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo , left, greets Liverpool's Mario Balotelli before the Champions League group B soccer match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)LONDON (AP) — Even when Mario Balotelli isn't scoring goals — and that's too often at the moment — the striker can't stay out of the spotlight.

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:53:29 -0400
Turkey to allow 200 Iraqi Kurds to cross into embattled Kobane

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take position on the front line in the Gwer district, south of Arbil, in northern IraqTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that 200 Iraqi Kurd peshmerga fighters would travel through Turkey to the flashpoint Syrian border town of Kobane under assault by the Islamic State group. The regional administration in northern Iraq and Syrian Kurdish group, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) "finally agreed according to information yesterday that 200 peshmerga would be going" to Kobane, Erdogan told reporters in the Latvian capital Riga. There are an estimated 2,000 Kurdish fighters battling IS jihadists for control of Kobane.

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:52:57 -0400
Abu Dhabi crew push on towards the Equator

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing sails during the Volvo Ocean Race sailing regatta in Alicante on October 4, 2014Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing looked set to win the race to the Equator on the opening leg of the Volvo Ocean Race on Thursday after escaping the dreaded Doldrums. The seven-strong fleet were trapped in the windless zone of the Doldrums in mid-Atlantic before British skipper Ian Walker and his team found a rare area of breeze and edged clear of their rivals on the 4,847-nautical mile first stage between Alicante and Cape Town. The Dutch entry, Team Brunel, soon followed them along with Denmark’s Team Vestas Wind but the rest of the fleet were still struggling by midday on Thursday as a gap of 150 nautical miles opened between the leaders and chasing pack. Abu Dhabi were just ahead of Brunel at that stage, with an advantage of some 10 nautical miles.

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:49:32 -0400
Trouble flares up in Lille ahead of Everton match
LILLE, France (AP) — Everton has urged its fans to avoid gathering in Lille's main square ahead of their Europa League match late Thursday, a night after Everton fans drinking outside a bar were attacked.
Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:49:31 -0400
Ebola remains global public health emergency: WHO

A Liberian health worker holds a baby infected with the Ebola virus at the NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment center in Monrovia on October 18, 2014Geneva (AFP) - Ebola remains a global emergency, the World Health Organization said Thursday, flagging grave concerns over hard-hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:48:31 -0400
Lebanon reports first suspected case of Ebola
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's health minister says a Lebanese man who arrived from West Africa is suspected of having Ebola and has been quarantined, the first such case in the country.
Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:47:08 -0400
Thiago Silva and Lucas back in Brazil squad
SAO PAULO (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain players Thiago Silva and Lucas are back in Brazil's squad for friendlies against Turkey and Austria next month.
Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:47:05 -0400
Dancing priests become Internet sensation

Father David Rider and father John GibsonROME (AP) — A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keys-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract.

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:46:32 -0400
Warner 75no pilots Australia to 113-0 on day 2
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — David Warner's aggressive half century led Australia to a solid 113 without loss after Sarfraz Ahmed's belligerent century lifted Pakistan to 454 on the second day of the first test on Thursday.
Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:42:50 -0400
Notorious police killer to be freed after 50 years

Britain's most notorious police killer Harry Roberts is due to be released after spending more than 45 years in jail, reports sayLondon (AFP) - A man convicted of killing three policemen nearly 50 years ago in "the most heinous crime for a generation" is to be released from prison, officials said Thursday.

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:42:34 -0400
AP Interview: Russia's Navalny vows to fight Putin

In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny, who has been under house arrest for nearly eight months, leaves a district court in Moscow, Russia. Two years ago, Navalny was the charismatic driving force behind massive anti-government protests in Moscow. Now he wears a monitoring bracelet on his ankle and is not allowed to step over the threshold of his own home - under house arrest in the small apartment he shares with his wife and two children. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's most prominent opposition leader is in bare feet, dressed in blue jeans and a checkered shirt, as he opens the door to his apartment in a drab Soviet-era block.

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:41:08 -0400
Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer

Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheerBEIJING (AP) — China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. The young billionaire delighted an audience of students at a prestigious Beijing university this week with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese.

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:36:37 -0400
Mom of Canada suspect: I cry for victims, not son
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The mother of the man accused of killing a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial then storming Parliament before being shot dead says she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son.
Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:35:46 -0400
Israel vows 'harshest response' to further Jerusalem attacks

the scene after a car rammed a group of pedestriansAny future attacks on Jerusalem will be met with the "harshest response" Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday after a Palestinian car attack killed a baby. "Jerusalem is united and was, and always will be, the eternal capital of Israel. Following an order from Netanyahu late on Wednesday, police have bolstered their presence across the city in a bid to end months of unrest in the occupied eastern sector. "We will return peace and security to Jerusalem," Netanyahu said.

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:34:02 -0400
Top Asian News at 1:30 p.m. GMT
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The United States government must make a formal apology to secure the freedom of two Americans who remain imprisoned in North Korea after the release this week of Jeffrey Fowle, North Korean legal experts said Thursday. Although North Korea released Fowle, getting Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae out of prison will likely require an official statement of apology and formal request for their release from Washington, according to the two North Korean law experts who spoke to The Associated Press.
Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:32:50 -0400
Four killed in clash after Lebanon army raid

Tensions have soared in Lebanon since August when the army fought deadly clashes with jihadists in ArsalFour men were killed Thursday in clashes that erupted when the army raided the apartment of Syrian refugees in the restive north of the country, a security source said. During the dawn raid, the army arrested a Lebanese soldier who had deserted as well as a man accused, with his son, of beheading troops taken hostage in August, the source told AFP. Tensions have soared in Lebanon since August when the army fought deadly clashes with jihadists of the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front in the border town of Arsal. The jihadists who infiltrated from neighbouring Syria withdrew after a truce deal but took with them 30 captive Lebanese soldiers and policemen, three of whom they later executed.

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:29:00 -0400
Ban to remain on IOC member visits to bid cities

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 9, 2014 file photo, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach speaks during a press conference after an executive board meeting at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. IOC leaders gather in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux this week to put the finishing touches on a package of reforms, including changes to the bidding process and sports program and creation of an Olympic television channel. (AP Photo/Keystone, Jean-Christophe Bott, File)LONDON (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach says the ban on member visits to Olympic bid cities will remain in place.

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:28:22 -0400
U.S., allies stage 15 air strikes on Islamic State in Iraq, Syria: U.S.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. military forces again focused air strikes on the area near the Syrian city of Kobani in their campaign to turn back Islamic State forces and also hit oil facilities held by the militant group, the U.S. Central Command said on Thursday. A total of 15 strikes were staged against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Wednesday and Thursday, according to a statement from Central Command. The statement said U.S. ...
Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:23:47 -0400
For teen with passport, Syria trip can be seamless

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 file photo, the parents of Sahra Ali Mehenni : Kamel Ali Mehenni, right, and Severine Ali Mehenni, looks at photos of their daughter in their living room in Lezignan Corbieres, southern France. At age 17, Sahra Ali Mehenni went so far as to ask her mother to get her a passport, saying she wanted her paperwork in order before she reached adulthood. When she left for Syria on March 11, departing from the Marseille airport just as the teen boy did, she took her burgundy-bound passport and nobody stopped her before she boarded the flight to Istanbul. (AP Photo/Fred Scheiber, File)PARIS (AP) — The teenage sisters told their father they were staying home sick from their suburban Denver school. Instead, they took $2,000 and their passports and headed off for Syria with a 16-year-old friend. They made it as far as Germany before border guards detained them for questioning.

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:18:00 -0400
Ennahda leader says 'Tunisia model' way to defeat Islamic State

Ennahda Party leader Rached Ghannouchi answers AFP journalists' questions during an interview in Tunis, on October 22, 2014Tunisia's transition to democracy serves as an example of how to defeat extremists such as the Islamic State jihadist group, the leader of the country's powerful Islamist movement said. "The success of the Tunisian experience is in the international interest, especially in the fight against extremism and the fight against Islamic State and similar groups," Ennahda head Rached Ghannouchi said in an interview with AFP in the runup to the country's first parliamentary election on Sunday since its 2011 revolution. "The Tunisian model is the alternative to the Daesh model ... This Tunisian model ... brings together Islam and secularism, Islam and democracy, Islam and freedom for women," he said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State (IS) which has seized swathes of Iraq and Syria. "One of the best ways to fight terrorism is to advocate moderate Islam because terrorism is based on an extremist interpretation of Islam," said Ghannouchi, whose party has emerged as the leading political force in Tunisia in the aftermath of the revolt which ousted longtime president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:13:15 -0400
China punishes 17 officials for village clash
BEIJING (AP) — Seventeen officials have been punished in southwest China after one of the most violent land conflicts in recent years left eight people dead.
Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:11:35 -0400
Ukraine pins hopes on a new-look parliament

People board a tram near an election poster depicting Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, right, in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Ukraine's parliament elections are scheduled for Sunday Oct. 26. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament is something halfway between a wrestling pit and a shady backroom for hatching deals. Optimists believe Sunday's elections will change all that.

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:11:14 -0400
Woman who beat Ebola mourns for her slain dog
MADRID (AP) — The husband of the Spanish nursing assistant who beat Ebola says his wife now knows that authorities killed their dog Excalibur while she was in the hospital and is questioning that decision.
Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:10:55 -0400
Maestro of clasicos, Messi leads Barca at Madrid

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, centre, prepares to shoot during the Champions League group F soccer match between F.C. Barcelona and Ajax at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Accustomed to thriving against his fierce rival, Lionel Messi will again lead Barcelona at Real Madrid as he aims for another scoring record. The big question is whether Luis Suarez will join him or watch from the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium bench.

Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:10:54 -0400
Williams beats Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 at WTA Finals
SINGAPORE (AP) — Serena Williams rebounded from the worst beating of her professional career to rout Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 at the WTA Finals on Thursday.
Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:09:51 -0400
Albania, Kosovo officials visit rival Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Kosovo foreign minister traveled to Serbia on Thursday for the first time since Kosovo declared independence in 2008. Enver Hoxhaj described the visit as a historic event and a sign of improving ties.
Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:08:20 -0400
Heads or tails? Coin toss decides Peru election
LIMA, Peru (AP) — A coin toss has decided the mayoral race in small town high in the Peruvian Andes after two candidates tied at the ballot box.
Date Posted : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:04:35 -0400
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