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Canada's parliament attacked near where prime minister was speaking, Harper safe
By Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - At least one gunman entered Canada's parliament buildings on Wednesday and many shots were fired just outside the room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was addressing a meeting of legislators. Harper was safely removed from the building but parliament was locked down. Eyewitnesses said at least 30 shots were fired in dramatic scenes in the heart of the Canadian capital. "PM (Harper) was addressing caucus, then a huge boom, followed by rat-a-tat shots. We all scattered. ...
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:49:03 -0400
Iraqi Kurds approve sending fighters to aid Syrian town

Turkish Kurds warm themselves around an open fire as they watch the Syrian town of Kobani, near the Mursitpinar border crossing, on the Turkish-Syrian borderBy Isabel Coles and Dasha Afanasieva ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers approved a plan on Wednesday to send fighters to the Syrian town of Kobani to relieve fellow Kurds under attack by Islamic State militants, marking the semi-autonomous region's first military foray into Syria's war. Kobani lies on the border with Turkey and Islamic State fighters keen to consolidate territorial gains in northern Syria have pressed an offensive against the town even as U.S.-led forces started bombing their positions. ...


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:35:37 -0400
NATO, Swedish fighters scrambled to intercept Russian plane
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO and Swedish fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a Russian intelligence-gathering plane that briefly entered Estonian airspace on Tuesday, the alliance said on Wednesday. The Estonian Foreign Ministry called the Russian ambassador to the ministry and gave him a protest note over the incursion, the Estonian defense forces said. Fighters from Denmark as well as Portuguese F-16s from NATO's air policing mission in the Baltics took off after radar detected an unidentified aircraft flying close to NATO airspace in the Baltic Sea, NATO said. ...
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:42:37 -0400
Brazil candidates battle for key prize: Their hometown

A campaign banner for presidential candidate Aecio Neves hangs over a plaza in Belo HorizonteBy Brian Winter BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - The two candidates in Brazil's presidential election runoff on Sunday grew up just seven blocks apart, attending the same elite tennis club, watching movies at the same theater and strolling through the same leafy plazas during the 1960s. They cheered for rival soccer teams, though, and eventually went down very different political paths. Dilma Rousseff joined a Marxist group that opposed that era's military dictatorship, while Aecio Neves embraced the more conservative ethos of his grandfather, a legend in Brazilian politics. ...


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:20:38 -0400
Nigeria talks with Boko Haram but no sign of girls' release
By Emma Farge and Lanre Ola N'DJAMENA/MAIDUGURI (Reuters) - Nearly a week after Nigeria announced a ceasefire deal with Boko Haram, which it said would include the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist group, there is still no sign of the girls being freed. Talks took place this week between the government and the Islamist militant group in the Chadian capital, but they are shrouded in secrecy. A series of attacks blamed on Boko Haram fighters since the announcement, meanwhile, has raised doubts over government claims of a truce. ...
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:57:40 -0400
Al-Qaeda kills 30 Shi'ite rebels in central Yemen: tribal sources

Shi'ite Houthi rebels man a checkpoint near Yareem town of Yemen's central province of IbbSANAA (Reuters) - Sunni Al Qaeda militants and Shi'ite Muslim rebels have fought a bloody battle in central Yemen, tribal sources said on Wednesday, amid fears of worsening sectarian tension in the impoverished Arabian country. Thirty Shi'ite rebels and 18 Sunni fighters and their tribal allies were killed in the clashes, the tribal sources told Reuters. Shi'ite Houthi rebels seized control of the capital Sanaa on Sept. 21 and their forces have fanned out to Yemen's west and center since then. ...


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:05:11 -0400
Vasquez leads Raptors past Maccabi Haifa, 92-85

Toronto Raptors' Terrence Ross (31) drives against Maccabi Haifa's Jeff Allen (12) and Liraz Arieli (13) as Toronto's Greg Stiemsma, right, watches during the first half of an NBA exhibition basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)TORONTO (AP) — Greivis Vasquez had 15 points, Lucas Nogueira scored six straight points in the final 2 minutes as the Toronto Raptors held off Israel's Maccabi Haifa 92-85 on Wednesday for their sixth victory in seven preseason games.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:06:16 -0400
Top Asian News at 2:00 a.m. GMT
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — "A few honeyed words" by North Korea as it tries to avoid a referral to the International Criminal Court has not changed the human rights situation on the ground there, the head of a U.N. commission of inquiry on the North told reporters Wednesday. Michael Kirby then had a rare exchange with North Korean officials, who showed up and challenged the commission's work during a U.N. human rights event featuring testimonies from North Korean refugees.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:02:43 -0400
Wall Street, oil price drops pull down Asia stocks

Specialist Michael Gagliano, left, calls out prices as he works at his post 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)TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks fell moderately in early Thursday trading following a drop overnight on Wall Street, which was tempered by optimism about global growth.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:51:16 -0400
Canada's PM says shooting rampage was terrorism
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A masked gunman killed a soldier standing guard at Canada's war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in an attack that was stopped cold when he was shot to death by the ceremonial sergeant-at-arms. Canada's prime minister called it the country's second terrorist attack in three days.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:10:50 -0400
Europe-based players in squad for US rugby tour
BOULDER, Colorado (AP) — United States coach Mike Tolkin has included a host of Europe-based players in a 35-man squad for a series of matches next month including a Nov. 1 test against New Zealand in Chicago.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:36:06 -0400
Top Asian News at 1:30 a.m. GMT
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — "A few honeyed words" by North Korea as it tries to avoid a referral to the International Criminal Court has not changed the human rights situation on the ground there, the head of a U.N. commission of inquiry on the North told reporters Wednesday. Michael Kirby then had a rare exchange with North Korean officials, who showed up and challenged the commission's work during a U.N. human rights event featuring testimonies from North Korean refugees.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:32:44 -0400
35 players selected for US rugby tour
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Thirty-five players have been chosen for the U.S. national rugby team's tour next month that features a Nov. 1 test against New Zealand in Chicago.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:25:31 -0400
Government ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles

This undated photo provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows a crash test of a 2003 Toyota Corolla, one of the models subject to a recall to repair faulty air bags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is warning 7.8 million car owners that inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed. (AP Photo/Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is now urging owners of nearly 8 million cars and trucks to have the air bags repaired because of potential danger to drivers and passengers. But the effort is being complicated by confusing information and a malfunctioning website.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:13:51 -0400
AP NewsAlert
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — AP NewsBreak: California prisons to end policy that segregated inmates by race after riots.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:06:01 -0400
Top Asian News at 1:00 a.m. GMT
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — "A few honeyed words" by North Korea as it tries to avoid a referral to the International Criminal Court has not changed the human rights situation on the ground there, the head of a U.N. commission of inquiry on the North told reporters Wednesday. Michael Kirby then had a rare exchange with North Korean officials, who showed up and challenged the commission's work during a U.N. human rights event featuring testimonies from North Korean refugees.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:02:39 -0400
Obama invites Afghanistan's new leaders to US
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has extended new invitations to Afghanistan's new leaders to visit the White House early next year.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:43:39 -0400
Top Asian News at 12:30 a.m. GMT
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — "A few honeyed words" by North Korea as it tries to avoid a referral to the International Criminal Court has not changed the human rights situation on the ground there, the head of a U.N. commission of inquiry on the North told reporters Wednesday. Michael Kirby then had a rare exchange with North Korean officials, who showed up and challenged the commission's work during a U.N. human rights event featuring testimonies from North Korean refugees.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:32:39 -0400
Search for world's funniest person moves to Vegas
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An international search to find the world's funniest person is moving to Las Vegas, where people will get to see five finalists square off in an Olympics of comedy that pits France, Finland and other countries against one another.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:31:38 -0400
Palestinian kills baby at Jerusalem station

Israeli police officers inspect a car at the scene of an attack in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. A Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a three-month-old baby girl and wounding several people in what police called a terror attack. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a three-month-old baby girl and wounding eight people in what police called a terror attack.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:28:28 -0400
Lions bring their top-ranked defense to London

In a photo provided by the NFL, Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell speaks to reporters between NFL football practice sessions Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Bagshot, England. The Lions are scheduled to play the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London. (AP Photo/NFL, Sean Ryan)BAGSHOT, England (AP) — Heading into this weekend's game, the Detroit Lions have the No. 1 defense in the NFL.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:06:19 -0400
Top Asian News at 12:00 a.m. GMT
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — "A few honeyed words" by North Korea as it tries to avoid a referral to the International Criminal Court has not changed the human rights situation on the ground there, the head of a U.N. commission of inquiry on the North told reporters Wednesday. Michael Kirby then had a rare exchange with North Korean officials, who showed up and challenged the commission's work during a U.N. human rights event featuring testimonies from North Korean refugees.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:02:40 -0400
Wanderers' Mullen gets 2nd chance at ACL title
SYDNEY (AP) — Western Sydney Wanderers defender Daniel Mullen is getting a second chance to play in an Asian Champions League final, six years after his first.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:58:04 -0400
Arab Idol winner wants to give back to Gaza

Mohammed Assaf, a 24-year-old Palestinian who won last year's TV singing contest Arab Idol, talks during an interview at The Associated Press office in Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Assaf said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up an arts center nurturing young musicians, writers and actors. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Last year's feel-good winner of the TV singing contest Arab Idol said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up an arts center nurturing young musicians, writers and actors.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:19:56 -0400
China's Yan Lianke receives Franz Kafka prize
PRAGUE (AP) — Yan Lianke, a Chinese author who has seen some of his novels banned in his homeland, has received the prestigious Franz Kafka Prize in the Czech Republic.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:58:24 -0400
Albania PM seeks to ease tensions with Serbia

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at his office in Tirana, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Albania’s prime minister has told the Associated Press that a heated spat with Serbia over a soccer match triggered by drone would not derail a common effort to seek faster European Union membership. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's prime minister said Wednesday that his nation and Serbia must try to end decades of hostility toward one another by focusing on major issues such as their mutual desire to join the European Union, not last week's dispute over a soccer match.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:48:06 -0400
Ferrer beats Seppi to advance at Valencia Open
VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Top-seeded David Ferrer powered his way past Andreas Seppi 6-3, 7-5 to reach the second round of the Valencia Open on Wednesday.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:47:16 -0400
Appeal sought in Puerto Rico gay marriage case
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal court judge has rejected an attempt to end a ban on same-sex marriages in Puerto Rico, saying political order itself depends on traditional marriage and deriding the logic of courts that have overturned such bans. The five gay couples who filed the suit will appeal, their attorney said Wednesday.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:45:49 -0400
Tourists watch solar alignment in Egypt temple

People visit the Great Temple of Ramses II, to observe the sun to send a beam of light into the ancient temple's dark inner chamber for over ten minutes in Abu Simbel, 870 kilometers (540 miles) south of Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Hundreds of people visited the temple to watch the sun illuminate colossal statues, a rare 3,200-year-old astronomical ceremony that happens twice a year. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Zayed)ABU SIMBEL, Egypt (AP) — Hundreds of visitors have gathered at the Great Temple of Ramses II in Egypt to watch the sun illuminate colossal statues, a rare 3,200-year-old astronomical ceremony that happens twice a year.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:44:19 -0400
Canada parliament attacks: Live Report

Police guard the scene of a shooting at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, CanadaOttawa (AFP) - 18:43 GMT - Pictures? - Authories ask the public to send in any pictures of videos of the suspect via email to NatDiv_Media_DivNat@rcmp-grc.gc.ca


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:44:12 -0400
Iraqis return to school after delay from unrest

Iraqi students take part in assembly at al-Kenuz primary School in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Iraqi students went back to school on Wednesday amid tightened security as the academic year began a month late because thousands of people displaced by last summer's onslaught by the Islamic State group had taken shelter in school buildings. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi students returned to school on Wednesday amid tightened security as the academic year began a month late because thousands of people displaced by last summer's onslaught by the Islamic State group had taken shelter in school buildings.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:34:22 -0400
Canada PM in parliament at time of shooting: lawmaker

RCMP and Ottawa police cruisers stand guard after a shooting at the National War Memorial near the Canadian Parliament on October 22, 2014 in Ottawa, CanadaOttawa (AFP) - Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper was meeting with lawmakers in Parliament at the moment when a gunman opened fire in the building Wednesday, a senator who attended the meeting said.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:33:54 -0400
Canada soldier, gunman dead in Ottawa parliament attack

Police and medical personel move a wounded person into an ambulance at the scene of a shooting at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada, on October 22, 2014Ottawa (AFP) - Gunfire echoed through the Gothic halls of the Canadian parliament Wednesday as police shot dead a gunman who had killed a soldier guarding a nearby war memorial before storming the building.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:32:56 -0400
Top Asian News at 6:30 p.m. GMT
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Why did North Korea free Jeffrey Fowle, and only him, when two other Americans 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. Fowle was not accused of espionage or "hostile acts," as the other Americans were. The 56-year-old was detained for six months for leaving a Bible in a nightclub in the city of Chongjin, where he was visiting with a foreign tour group.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:32:37 -0400
Israel says no plan to allow Jews to pray at Al-Aqsa

The Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound is pictured behind the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on October 21, 2014Jerusalem (AFP) - Israel on Wednesday reassured Jordan that it would not allow Jewish prayer at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, after reports of a possible change raised concerns in the Arab world.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:32:32 -0400
Dozens released Ebola-free from Sierra Leone site

CAPTON CORRECTS THE DATE In this grab from video provided by Associated Press Television on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, Ebola survivors Hawanatu Turay, left and an unidentified woman, display their certificates, after being given the all clear, at a treatment centre at Hastings, near Freetown, Sierra Leone. Dozens of Ebola survivors were discharged from a treatment center near Sierra Leone's capital on Wednesday and told they were virus-free. The third group released from the Hastings Treatment center, which included 45 patients, were also issued with health certificates they proudly held up. (AP Photo/Associated Press Television)FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Dozens of Ebola survivors have been discharged from a treatment center near Sierra Leone's capital and told they were virus-free, as police and residents clashed in other areas of the West African country.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:31:16 -0400
Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings

In this Sept. 25, 2007 file photo, an Iraqi traffic policeman inspects a car destroyed by a Blackwater security detail in al-Nisoor Square in Baghdad, Iraq. A federal jury reached a verdict Wednesday in the case of four former Blackwater security guards on trial in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqi citizens in the heart of Baghdad. The verdicts were to be read during a late-morning court session. The shootings triggered an international uproar over the role of defense contractors in urban warfare. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:25:21 -0400
Lagos 'Ebola hospital' faces battle to recover

The First Consultants Hospital in Obalende, Lagos, October 21, 2014Lagos (AFP) - Nigeria may have been declared officially Ebola-free but at the First Consultants Hospital in Lagos, doctors believe it'll take the facility that treated the first victim years to recover.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:23:37 -0400
Ottawa police say male suspect in attack and soldier are dead
OTTAWA (Reuters) - A man suspected of launching an armed attack in Ottawa has died, local police said on Wednesday and confirmed that a male soldier shot at the National War Memorial had also died. "One shooting victim succumbed to injuries ... one male suspect has also been confirmed deceased," the Ottawa Police Service said in a statement. It did not say where the suspect had died. A gunman shot and fatally wounded the soldier at the National War Memorial in central Ottawa, and then entered the country's parliament buildings, which remain in lockdown. ...
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:19:17 -0400
 

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