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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 th

Iraqi Kurds approve sending fighters to aid Syrian town

By 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 consol

Canada's Harper pledges tougher security laws after attack

By Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged more surveillance and detention powers for security forces in Canada on Thursday after a gunman killed a soldier and rampaged through parliament before being shot dead. Addressing the House of Commons just meters away from where the gunman, a reported convert to Islam, was shot dead on Wednesd

U.S.-led air strikes killed 521 fighters, 32 civilians in Syria: monitor

BEIRUT (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

Suspected Boko Haram fighters kidnap 25 girls from northeast Nigeria

YOLA Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses to the attack said, despite talks aimed at freeing more than 200 other female hostages the militants seized in April. John Kwaghe, who witnessed the attack and lost three daughters to the abductors, and Dorathy Tizhe, who lost two, said the attackers

China does not rule out Tibet visit by U.N. rights chief

BEIJING (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

Pacquiao still 'hungry' to fight after basketball debut

Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao said Thursday he was still "hungry" to fight, despite a dalliance with professional basketball that has had his team worried sick. The 35-year-old, who has world titles in eight weight divisions under his belt, made a lacklustre pro ball debut on Sunday, a month before his World Boxing Organization title defence against undefeated American Chris Algieri in M

Moratti resigns as honorary president of Inter

MILAN (AP) — Massimo Moratti has ended an era of nearly 20 years at the helm of Inter Milan by resigning as honorary president of the Serie A club.

Ebola still of 'great concern' in west Africa epicentre: WHO

Top experts on the Ebola virus raised grave concerns Thursday about the worsening epidemic in west Africa as the number of people with the disease neared 10,000. The World Heath Organization said after an emergency meeting on the deadly haemorrhagic fever that the situation in the worst-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone "remains of great concern". "It was the unanimous view of the

California community suffers as wells dry up in drought

By Lucy Nicholson East Porterville Calif. (Reuters) - In one of the towns hardest hit by California's drought, the only way some residents can get water to flush the toilet is to drive to the fire station, hand-pump water into barrels and take it back home. The trip has become a regular ritual for East Porterville residents Macario Beltran, 41, and his daughters, who on a recent evening pumped t

Turkey's U.S. relations show strain as Washington's patience wears thin

By Jonny Hogg ANKARA (Reuters) - The U.S. decision to air-drop weapons to Kurdish forces in Syria on the same day Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan dismissed them as terrorists is the latest false note in the increasingly discordant mood music coming out of Washington and Ankara. No matter how much officials on both sides publicly insist there is harmony, differences in strategy over the fight ag

Pope condemns extraordinary renditions in law talk

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has condemned the practice of extraordinary renditions used by the CIA after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

GK Valdes reunited with Van Gaal at Man United

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes will complete his rehabilitation from a knee injury at Manchester United and will then start training with the first team.

Swiss scientists determine comet's 'perfume'

Rotten eggs, horse urine, formaldehyde, bitter almonds, alcohol, vinegar and a hint of sweet ether.

AP Interview: Jerusalem mayor vows to calm city

JERUSALEM (AP) — Jerusalem's mayor is calling for a crackdown against a wave of Palestinian unrest, saying violence will not be tolerated in his city.

Top Asian News at 4:00 p.m. GMT

LAKE CHON, North Korea (AP) — When North Korea opens its doors, it does so for a reason. So it was when the authoritarian government granted permission for a road trip so extensive that few North Koreans — let alone a pair of American journalists — could imagine taking it. We drove 2,150 kilometers (1,336 miles) in a country that has barely 25,000 kilometers of road, and only 724 kilometers of tho

Sudan's Bashir calls opponents to talks

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday urged opponents to join him in "national dialogue" talks, days after it was announced he would be seeking to extend his 25-year rule. Bashir, who took power in a 1989 coup, was named the presidential candidate for the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday, ahead of a presidential vote due next April. The 70-year-old is wanted by the Internat

French moving troops toward Libyan border

PARIS (AP) — France is moving troops toward the Libyan border within weeks and, along with U.S. intelligence, is monitoring al-Qaida arms shipments to Africa's Sahel region, a top French military official said Thursday.

Trouble flares up in Lille ahead of Everton match

LILLE, France (AP) — French riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse large groups of Everton fans gathered on Lille's main square on Thursday afternoon, hours before a Europa League match.

Ebola-hit Liberia unveils strict border checks

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Thursday announced strict checks on Liberia's borders with neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone, the two other countries at the epicentre of the Ebola epidemic. Liberia has been worst hit by the outbreak, with 4,665 recorded cases and 2,705 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. Cuba meanwhile has sent 49 doctors and nurses to Liberia to boost effo

Israel vows crackdown after Palestinian car attack

Israel on Thursday pledged a tough response to any further attacks in Jerusalem as police flooded flashpoint Arab neighbourhoods a day after a Palestinian car attack killed a baby. It was the second deadly incident involving a Palestinian driving a vehicle in three months and prompted a sharp warning from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "Jerusalem is united and was, and always will be, the et

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

Serbia protests IOC Kosovo provisional recognition

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia lodged a formal protest Thursday against the International Olympic Committee decision to grant provisional recognition to Kosovo, calling it a "precedent of dangerous proportions."

Ferrer, Murray reach Valencia quarterfinals

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — David Ferrer and Andy Murray both advanced to the Valencia Open quarterfinals after easy wins against error-prone opponents on Thursday.

Families of dead French monks accuse Algeria of 'confiscating evidence'

The families of seven French monks killed in Algeria 18 years ago accused the authorities in the north African country Thursday of "confiscating evidence" about their deaths. The monks were killed in 1996 after being abducted from the Notre Dame de l'Atlas monastery in Tibhirine, 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of Algiers, and only their severed heads were ever recovered. France opened an officia

Murray, Ferrer cruise into Valencia last eight

Andy Murray inched closer to sealing his place at the World Tour Finals with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Fabio Fognini to reach the Valencia Open quarter-finals on Thursday. Murray had looked far from convincing on serve in disposing of Jurgen Melzer on Wednesday, but didn't even face a break point as he set up a last-eight clash with South Africa's Kevin Anderson. A three-time winner in Valencia, Ferre

Brazilian companies raise Chiquita offer to $681M

NEW YORK (AP) — Brazilian companies Cutrale and Safra said they are again raising their bid for banana producer Chiquita, to $681 million — a day before Chiquita shareholders are expected to vote on a combination with Irish fruit importer Fyffes.

Kobane's children learn Turkish to sound of shelling

If they let their eyes wander from the blackboard, a handful of children from Kobane can watch their town being bombarded from the windows of their new Turkish school. The thud of battle for the besieged Syrian border town can be clearly heard in the classrooms of the village school just 400 metres from the frontier, where children struggling to get their heads around being made refugees, must n

Tunisian policeman killed in pre-election clash with militants

By Heba al-Shibani OUED ELLIL Tunisia (Reuters) - A Tunisian policeman was killed and another wounded on Thursday when security forces clashed with Islamist militants on the outskirts of Tunis, three days before parliamentary elections which voters hope will help them advance towards full democracy. Police negotiators in the suburb Oued Ellil to west of Tunis were trying to persuade militants to g

Secret talks to end Lesotho military standoff

South Africa's deputy president has held secret talks with a renegade Lesotho military commander, a defence official told AFP on Thursday, as an offer of partial amnesty is floated in the hope of ending a destabilising post-coup standoff. After inking an agreement to secure snap elections in the tiny landlocked kingdom, southern African mediators led by Cyril Ramaphosa are trying to finalise a d


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