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Security tight in Canada as police probe Parliament gunman's ties

A security guard patrols the hallway near the entrance to the Parliamentary Library on Parliament Hill in OttawaBy Randall Palmer and Richard Valdmanis OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's capital faced a third day of heightened security on Friday as police searched for any clues that the man who shot and killed a soldier and charged into the parliament building had help in plotting his attack. Groups of Ottawa residents gathered early around the national war memorial where the soldier, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, was slain on Wednesday at the start of a brazen daylight attack by a man police identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a 32-year-old Canadian citizen. ...

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:18:40 -0400
Kurds deny Erdogan report of deal with Syrian rebels to aid besieged Kobani

Smoke and flames rise over a hill near the Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrikeBy Humeyra Pamuk and Sylvia Westall ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - A senior Syrian Kurdish official on Friday denied a report from Turkey's president that Syrian Kurds had agreed to let 1,300 Free Syrian Army fighters enter the border town of Kobani to help defend it against besieging Islamic State insurgents. President Tayyip Erdogan has long championed the relatively secular Free Syrian Army in the complicated, faction-ridden insurgency against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has repeatedly advocated FSA intervention in Kobani. ...

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:20:15 -0400
Russia's Putin accuses U.S. of damaging world order

Russian President Putin talks to young soccer players during visit to Spartak's stadium Otkritye Arena in MoscowBy Alexei Anishchuk LAURA Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of making the world a more dangerous place by imposing a "unilateral diktat" in international diplomacy and denied Russia wanted to build a new empire. In a speech laced with language reminiscent of the Cold War, Putin shifted blame for the crisis in Ukraine to the West and portrayed Russia as a strong power that would not be forced to beg the West to lift sanctions imposed over the conflict. ...

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:31:07 -0400
Exclusive: Chad says Nigeria deal with Boko Haram to free girls still on

Campaigners from "#Bring Back Our Girls" march during a rally calling for the release of the Abuja school girls who were abducted by Boko Haram militants, in AbujaBy Emma Farge and Moumine Ngarmbassa N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad said it believed Nigeria's secret deal with Boko Haram Islamists to free more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls would go ahead despite the breakdown of a truce, and revealed that the key to the agreement was a prisoner swap.     The accord mediated by Chad for the release of the girls seized from Chibok in northeast Nigeria in April has been called into question since it was announced by the Nigerian military last week. ...

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:22:10 -0400
Russia still has troops in Ukraine, NATO says
By Adrian Croft MONS Belgium (Reuters) - Russia still has troops in eastern Ukraine and retains a very capable force on the border despite a partial withdrawal, NATO's military commander said on Friday. "We've seen a pretty good withdrawal of the Russian forces from inside Ukraine but, make no mistake, there remain Russian forces inside eastern Ukraine," U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove told reporters at NATO's military headquarters near Mons in Belgium. Some Russian troops stationed near the Ukraine border had left and others appeared to be preparing to leave. ...
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:38:05 -0400
Car bomb kills at least 10 soldiers in Egypt's Sinai
CAIRO (Reuters) - At least 10 soldiers were killed Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Friday by a car bomb that targeted two armored vehicles stopped at a checkpoint, security sources said. At least 27 soldiers were injured in the attack in the al-Kharouba area northwest of al-Arish, near the border with the Gaza Strip, the sources said. Eyewitnesses had earlier heard a loud explosion near the Egyptian town of al-Arish in the Sinai Peninsula on Friday afternoon in what appeared to be an attack on a nearby army installation. ...
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:50:44 -0400
Ebola vaccine doses could reach Africa by mid-2015: UN health agency

The first batch of the experimental rVSV Ebola vaccine arrives at Geneva University Hospital, on October 22, 2014Hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to west Africa by the middle of next year, the World Health Organization said Friday, after new cases of the killer virus were reported in New York and Mali. "All is being put in place to start efficacy tests in the affected countries as early as December," WHO assistant director general Marie-Paule Kieny said, adding that several hundred thousand doses could be available in the "first half" of 2015. Fears the haemorrhagic virus could spread further were stoked with confirmed cases in New York city and the west African nation of Mali, adding urgency to the hunt for a cure. Whichever proves its mettle in trials, WHO hopes to send huge numbers of doses to Africa for "real-world" tests.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:22:50 -0400
Turkey says 1,300 Syria rebels heading to Kobani

The proximity of the Islamic State group to the Kurdish forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobani is seen with the yellow triangular flag of the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, flying on a building, bottom right, just inside Kobani in Syria, near the Turkey-Syria border Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. In the background, the black flag of the Islamic State group flies atop a building, top left, Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Turkey's president said Friday that Ankara would allow hundreds of Syrian rebels to travel to the embattled border town of Kobani in order to help Kurdish fighters there fend off an Islamic State onslaught.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:20:17 -0400
WTA semis: Williams-Wozniacki, Halep-Radwanska

Romania's Simona Halep hits forehand return to Serbia's Ana Ivanovic during their singles match at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)SINGAPORE (AP) — Serena Williams made the semifinals of the WTA Finals and earned the year-end No. 1 ranking without hitting a ball on Friday.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:16:17 -0400
South Sudan accused of threatening aid groups

People receive food aid and other vital supplies on January 8, 2014 from the International Committee of the Red Cross, in Minkaman, South SudanInternational charities working to stem chronic disease and hunger in war-torn South Sudan are facing increased harassment, surveillance and threats of expulsion from the government, according to a charity Friday. A letter to over 100 international aid agencies from South Sudan's NGO Forum detailed the "increasing trend of harassment and interference targeting NGOs" that is "marked by increased hostility and threats from officials". Incidents include the detention and expulsion this month of one foreign worker as "escalating rhetoric and the overall hostile tone toward [the] international community" rises, the letter said. Last month South Sudan's Ministry of Labour ordered all international aid workers out of the country before another ministry rescinded it.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:13:27 -0400
8 people arrested in Latvia in match-fixing probe
RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Latvian police say eight people have been arrested on suspicion of fixing a Champions League qualifying-round game last year.
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:13:18 -0400
Frelimo candidate Nyusi wins Mozambique elections

Nyusi casts his ballot in the general election at a secondary school in MaputoBy Manuel Mucari MAPUTO (Reuters) - Mozambique's ruling Frelimo party and its candidate Filipe Nyusi won this month's presidential and legislative elections, according to provisional results announced on Friday, with votes counted from all provinces. The initial full results of the Oct. 15 vote will still need to be ratified by the Constitutional Court before becoming official and final. ...

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:12:16 -0400
UN chief to visit Horn of Africa

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will launch a global campaign to end female genital mutilation during a visit to KenyaUnited Nations (United States) (AFP) - UN chief Ban Ki-moon will travel to Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya next week, leading a delegation from six other international organizations to the volatile Horn of Africa region.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:10:28 -0400
Putin says Russia helped Ukraine's Yanukovich flee
LAURA Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia had helped Ukraine's former president Viktor Yanukovich to flee to Russia in February after he was toppled in violent street protests in Kiev. "I will say it openly - he asked to be driven away to Russia. Which we did," Putin told a meeting with political scholars. (Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk, Writing by Gabriela Baczynska, editing by Jason Bush)
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:09:54 -0400
Furious Cameron vows not to pay EU bill for Britain

Prime Minister David Cameron arrives for a European Union summit at the EU headquarters in Brussels on October 24, 2014David Cameron furiously rejected a surprise demand from Brussels for more than two billion euros in backdated charges on Friday, setting up a new showdown over Britain's place in the EU. The British prime minister hijacked a European summit that was meant to be focused on the continent's stalling economy, demanding an emergency meeting of finance ministers to tackle his concerns. If people think that is going to happen they've got another thing coming," Cameron told a news conference, thumping the lectern and going red in the face as he spoke. The clash stole the limelight from a landmark EU deal on climate change targets for 2030 and a pledge to give one billion euros in aid to west Africa to combat the Ebola virus.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:06:11 -0400
Putin accuses US of undermining global stability

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits a sports training center in Sochi, the Black Sea resort that hosted this year's Winter Olympics, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. At left background is Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)MOSCOW (AP) — The United States is destabilizing the global world order by trying to enforce its will, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Friday, warning that the world will face new wars if Washington fails to respect the interests of other countries.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:05:23 -0400
Canada plans legislation very soon, hoping to preempt terrorism
BRAMPTON Ontario (Reuters) - The Canadian government plans to introduce new legislation very soon to address the threat of terrorism in light of this week's attacks, and is looking in particular at trying to preempt such activity, Justice Minister Peter MacKay said on Friday. MacKay told a news conference that the government would go beyond an originally planned bill which would have strengthened the powers of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service spy agency. (Reporting by Euan Rocha in Brampton and Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren in Ottawa)
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:04:39 -0400
Man with 'Islamic extremist leanings' attacks NY police

Four police officers in the city's Queens borough were posing for a photographs when they were attackedsuspicion of smoking marijuana in BrooklynThe man who attacked New York City police officers with a hatchet before being shot dead was reported to have Islamic "extremist leanings" police and a monitoring group said. The man, identified in the US media as Zale Thompson, had posted an array of statements on YouTube and Facebook that "display a hyper-racial focus in both religious and historical contexts, and ultimately hint at his extremist leanings," the SITE monitoring group said. Four rookie police officers in the city's Queens borough were posing for a photograph at the request of a freelance photographer when the man walked up and without saying a word attacked them with the hatchet, a city hall statement said. One officer was hit in the arm and another in the head before the other officers shot and killed the attacker, according to police commissioner Bill Bratton.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:03:56 -0400
Russia's Putin blames Kiev for use of force in east Ukraine
LAURA Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the pro-Western government in Kiev for using force against the rebellious regions in east Ukraine rather than conducting talks with their Russian-speaking population to seek an end to the turmoil there. "We don't see a desire from our partners in Kiev... to solve the problem of relations with the south-east of the country through a political process, with talks," Putin told a meeting with political scholars. "We always see one and the same thing in different manifestations: to suppress by force. ...
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:03:04 -0400
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HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong plan to hold a spot referendum Sunday on whether to stay in the streets or accept government offers for more talks and clear their protest camps. The three main groups behind the demonstrations said Thursday they would register public opinion at the main downtown protest site, where thousands remain camped out.
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:02:59 -0400
Macedonia: Gay activists hurt in cafe attack
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Police say about 30 people wearing masks and throwing rocks and bottles have attacked members of a gay rights activist group in Macedonia, wounding two of them.
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:02:45 -0400
Suicide bomber kills 10 soldiers in Egypt
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into an army checkpoint in the restive northern part of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula near Israel and Gaza on Friday, killing 10 soldiers, according to medical and security officials.
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:02:33 -0400
Chiquita holders reject plans to merge with Fyffes
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Chiquita shareholders have rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes that would have made the world's largest banana supplier.
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:02:26 -0400
Sweden's far-right tells mainstream to negotiate or risk new election

Sweden's Prime Minister Lofven speaks to the media in RigaBy Johan Ahlander STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The leader of the far-right Sweden Democrats, who hold the balance of power in parliament, said on Friday that mainstream parties should negotiate with them before the government's centerpiece budget vote or risk a new election. All parties have refused to talk to the Sweden Democrats despite them taking 13 percent of the vote in last month's election, giving them the power to bring down the government. ...

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:01:37 -0400
Spain challenges Canary Island poll on oil plans
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government says it will ask the Constitutional Court to block proposals by the Canary Islands regional government to stage a referendum on oil exploration in waters off the popular tourist archipelago.
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:01:00 -0400
Sri Lankan 2015 budget raises pay, lowers tariffs
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government introduced a proposed national budget on Friday that would increase salaries and reduce water and electricity charges ahead of a possible presidential election in 2015.
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:00:18 -0400
Gestapo impostor tricked Nazi sympathizers in WWII

An undated photo made available by The National Archives of Eric Roberts, a lone MI5 agent who secretly penetrated the ranks of Britain's wartime Nazi sympathizers and who has been identified as an unassuming suburban bank clerk. Time and time again, the low-key “Jack King” was able to convince British traitors that he was a Gestapo man, hoovering up potentially lethal information intended for the Nazis and keeping it safely in British hands. A secret Security Service document made public Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, unveils his real identity: “King” was really Eric Arthur Roberts, a bank clerk seemingly without special training. (AP Photo/The National Archives)LONDON (AP) — At the height of World War II, Hans Kohout wanted to give the Nazis advance word of a top-secret British tactic that could neutralize an enemy's air defenses, leaving major cities exposed to devastating air raids, according to secret intelligence files released Friday.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:55:54 -0400
Rwandan government angry at BBC over documentary
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The Rwandan government has expressed its anger over a BBC documentary on the country's 1994 genocide and there have been calls in parliament and by genocide survivors to suspend the global media outlet from Rwanda.
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:55:44 -0400
Vietnamese tycoon held on suspicion of fraud: sources
By Mai Nguyen HANOI (Reuters) - Police in Vietnam have detained one of the country's biggest tycoons, the founder and chairman of conglomerate Ocean Group, on suspicion of financial irregularities, banking sources and state media said on Friday. Vietnam's central bank said it had suspended Ha Van Tham from his role as chairman of the group's unlisted subsidiary, Ocean Commercial Joint Stock Bank, for "serious violations", but made no mention of his arrest, or what the breaches were. ...
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:54:21 -0400
Negredo fit, makes first squad for Valencia
VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Alvaro Negredo has made Valencia's squad for the first time since breaking a foot before his move from Manchester City.
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:50:30 -0400
Pakistan leads 1st test by 189 after 3 days
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan stretched its lead to a commanding 189 runs after inexperienced spinners Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar dismissed Australia for 303 on the third day of the first test on Friday.
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:23:16 -0400
Angry British PM Cameron says won't pay 'unjustified' EU bill
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday Britain would not make an additional 2.1-billion-euro payment into this year's European Union budget, calling the bloc's demand for extra funds "completely unacceptable". Cameron was speaking after the 28-nation bloc presented Britain with a demand for an extra payment into its budget after a revision of economic statistics showed his country was better off. "It is not acceptable, it an appalling way to behave," a visibly angry Cameron told a news conference in Brussels. "I'm not paying that bill on Dec. 1. ...
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:47:38 -0400
180 questioned about election fraud in Romania
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Authorities in Romania say 180 people are being questioned on suspicion of election fraud in a referendum on ousting the president in 2012.
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:46:51 -0400
Iraq Kurds to send up to 200 fighters to Syria next week

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take positions in the Gwer district, south of Arbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern IraqIraq's autonomous Kurdish region will next week send up to 200 fighters to aid the defenders of the embattled Syrian border town of Kobane, an official announced Friday, drawing objections from some lawmakers. The town on the Turkish border has become a crucial battleground in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group, which overran large parts of Iraq in June and also holds significant territory in Syria. "The forces that will be sent are support forces and their number will not exceed 200 fighters," Halgord Hekmat, spokesman for the Kurdish ministry responsible for the peshmerga, told AFP. The deployment, which comes at a time when Kurdish forces are still engaged in heavy fighting against IS militants in Iraq, stretches the bounds of regional autonomy and has drawn flak from some federal lawmakers.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:44:21 -0400
Zimbabwe urged to guarantee safety of journalists

Zimbabwean riot police patrol outside Harare Magistrate's CourtGlobal media watchdog, the Committee for the Protection of Journalists, on Friday urged Zimbabwe to guarantee the safety of journalists after a reporter was beaten up and detained by police. Tapiwa Zivira, a journalist with the privately-owned NewsDay newspaper was attacked days after President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace accused reporters at independent newspapers of writing lies about her. NewsDay said that during the assault police referred to Grace Mugabe's accusations. "Public figures should have a high tolerance for criticism and should never disparage independent journalists for doing their work," Sue Valentine, the CPJ’s co-ordinator for Africa, said in a statement.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:39:39 -0400
Canadians seek to understand Parliament shooting

Police officers look for evidence at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was killed Wednesday at the National War Memorial by a gunman who then raced to Parliament Hill, where he was killed in a gunfight in the halls of the Centre Block. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Authorities and ordinary Canadians sifted through confounding shards of a gunman's life seeking to understand what motivated the man to storm the nation's seat of power.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:37:46 -0400
Serena Williams reaches WTA Finals semis

Serena Williams of the US plays against Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in the WTA Finals in Singapore on October 23, 2014Singapore (AFP) - World number one Serena Williams reached the WTA Finals semis on Friday when Simona Halep won the second set of her match against Ana Ivanovic.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:34:11 -0400
Top Asian News at 1:30 p.m. GMT
HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong plan to hold a spot referendum Sunday on whether to stay in the streets or accept government offers for more talks and clear their protest camps. The three main groups behind the demonstrations said Thursday they would register public opinion at the main downtown protest site, where thousands remain camped out.
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:33:31 -0400
US to compensate Philippines for coral reef damage
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The United States will pay the Philippines 87 million pesos ($1.9 million) for damage caused by a U.S. Navy minesweeper that ran aground on a protected coral reef last year, an official said Friday.
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:29:49 -0400
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