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

A man identified by Royal Canadian Mounted Police as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau is seen in surveillance video as he exits a car and runs toward the Parliament buildings OttawaBy Randall Palmer, David Ljunggren and Leah Schnurr 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. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police ordered a detail of officers to remain with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, after it emerged that he briefly hid in a closet-like room during Wednesday's attack. ...

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:05:14 -0400
Ground offensive against Islamic State months away in Iraq: U.S.

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells towards Zummar, controlled by Islamic State, near MosulBy Phil Stewart MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE Florida (Reuters) - Iraqi forces are months away from being able to start waging any kind of sustained ground offensive against the Islamic State and any similar effort in Syria will take longer, officials at the U.S. military's Central Command said on Thursday. In Iraq, the timing will depend on a host of factors, some out of the military's control - from Iraqi politics to the weather. Iraqi forces also must be trained, armed and ready before major advances, like one to retake the city of Mosul, which fell to the Islamic State in June."It's not imminent. ...

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:14:16 -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 06:42:25 -0400
Canadian couple accused of spying in China held in near isolation, son says

Simeon Garratt, son of Canadian couple Kevin and Julia Dawn Garratt who are being investigated in China for threatening national security, stands while talking to a Reuters journalist in VancouverBy Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING (Reuters) - A Canadian couple accused of spying near China's sensitive border with North Korea have been kept separately in near isolation for more than 80 days and denied access to legal counsel, their son said on Friday. Treatment of the couple, who are being held without charge at a remote facility in the border city of Dandong, has seriously strained China's ties with Canada ahead of a planned visit by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for a multilateral summit next month in Beijing. ...

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:23:43 -0400
Protesters in Hong Kong to vote on government proposals

A woman sits under a yellow umbrella as pro-democracy protesters gather on a main street they occupy at Mongkok shopping district in Hong KongBy Diana Chan and Donny Kwok HONG KONG (Reuters) - Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong say they will hold a straw poll on government proposals they had rejected earlier in the week as the campaign in the Chinese-controlled city entered the fifth week on Friday. With crowds likely to swell at the weekend, student leaders late on Thursday announced a plan for an electronic poll of protesters on reform proposals tabled by senior city government officials in talks on Tuesday that failed to break the deadlock. ...

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:13:16 -0400
Uruguay's left in battle to retain presidency, and marijuana law

Presidential candidate for the ruling party Frente Amplio, Vazquez, makes a speech during the final rally of their campaign in MontevideoBy Malena Castaldi MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Uruguayan voters decide on Sunday whether to give the ruling coalition another term after a decade of strong growth and leftist reforms, or turn to an opposition candidate who says legalizing marijuana production was a step too far. Opinion polls ahead of the presidential election show young center-rightist Luis Lacalle Pou forcing the governing coalition's Tabare Vazquez, a former president, into a runoff vote in late November. ...

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:03:15 -0400
Rafael Nadal pulls out of Paris Masters

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns a ball to France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert during their round of sixteen match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone,Georgios Kefalas)PARIS (AP) — Paris Masters organizers say third-ranked Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the tournament next week for "personal reasons."

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:31:15 -0400
Australia says missing plane hunt will take months
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in a remote patch of the Indian Ocean is progressing well but will likely take many months because of the huge area involved, an Australian official said Friday.
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:26:03 -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
Shakira to release baby toys with Fisher-Price

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2014 file photo Colombian singer Shakira, left, holds her son Milan prior to the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Eibar at the Camp Nou stadium against Eibar in Barcelona, Spain. Shakira is partnering with Fisher-Price to launch a collection of baby toys. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Shakira is partnering with Fisher-Price to launch a line of baby toys as well as a Web series for moms.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:21:06 -0400
Whiteford leads at halfway in Perth International
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Peter Whiteford of Scotland had back-to-back rounds of 66 to hold a one-shot lead at the halfway mark of the Perth International on Friday.
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:19:17 -0400
AP PHOTOS: North Korea farmers expect good harvest

A farmer carries a fully grown cabbage after plucking it out from the main crop which will be harvested early next month, and used to make Kimchi, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at the Chilgol vegetable farm on the outskirts of Pyongyang, North Korea. It looks like the residents of Pyongyang won’t be lacking for cabbage and vegetables come next month, when the crops will be harvested. Providing enough food to feed the nation is always a struggle for North Korea, which suffered a near cataclysmic famine in the 1990s but has since managed to increase its agricultural production to what international organizations believe is closer to the self-sufficiency level than the country has seen in years. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Providing enough food to feed the nation is always a struggle for North Korea. But it looks like the residents of Pyongyang won't be lacking for cabbage and vegetables come next month, when the crops will be harvested.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:17:44 -0400
Queen sends first tweet, signed 'Elizabeth R'
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet — and she's signed it "Elizabeth R."
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:16:39 -0400
Bangladesh, Zimbabwe meet in series to avoid last
MIRPUR, Bangladesh (AP) — Nobody likes to be last. That adds extra spice to the three-test cricket series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe beginning at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Saturday.
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:13:42 -0400
Pistorius prosecutors consult expert over appeal

Oscar Pistorius sits in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 after judge Thokozile Masipais sentence Pistorius to five years imprisonment for culpable homicide in the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. (AP Photo/Herman Verwey, Pool)STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius could still face a murder conviction and 15 years in prison for killing his girlfriend as prosecutors said Friday they had consulted a South African criminal law expert over an appeal.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:13:16 -0400
Turkey allows 1,300 Free Syria fighters to join battle for Kobane

A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Fajr al-Hurriya (Dawn of Freedom) Brigades mans a position during battles with jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group near the Syrian city of Aleppo, on September 25, 2014Tallinn (AFP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that 1,300 Free Syrian Army fighters would join Kurds in defending the key Syrian border town of Kobane from an assault by Islamic State jihadists.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:12:19 -0400
Italian court to rule on Dolce&Gabbana tax case
MILAN (AP) — An Italian prosecutor has demanded that Italy's high court uphold a tax evasion conviction against Milan designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:11:50 -0400
Six dead in raid on besieged Tunisia house

Members of the Tunisian military move to a position near a besieged house in the town of Oued Ellil near on October 24, 2014Six people, including five women, were killed Friday when Tunisian security forces stormed a house where gunmen were locked in a standoff with police near the capital, the authorities said. One gunman was among the dead while another was hospitalised along with two children who were inside the house, interior ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui told reporters at the scene.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:11:19 -0400
Syrian government forces shell rebel areas, kill 9
BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say that Syrian government forces have stepped up shelling of rebel-held areas, killing nine people in a village in the country's north.
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:11:08 -0400
Could Bale absence be Clasico blessing for Madrid?

Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale celebrates a goal against Elche CF in a La Liga game at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 23, 2014The most star-studded game in world football will be missing one of its brightest lights on Saturday as Real Madrid host Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu without the injured Gareth Bale. It took the Welshman the best part of the three goes at the Clasico to make an impact, but he eventually did so in stunning style with an incredible solo run and finish to win Real their 19th Copa del Rey back in April. Ajax coach Frank de Boer echoed the thoughts of many when he replied "Bale's absence is a shame for football" when asked for his view on the game after his side had been beaten by Barcelona on Tuesday.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:04:15 -0400
Top Asian News at 11:00 a.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 07:02:58 -0400
Factbox: Uruguay's presidential candidates and their policies
By Malena Castaldi and Esteban Farat MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Uruguayans vote in the first round of a presidential election on Sunday with opposition challenger Luis Lacalle Pou almost certain to force leftist ruling coalition candidate Tabare Vazquez to a run-off. Vazquez, 74, a former president from 2005-2010, is polling at around 43 percent, short of the absolute majority required to win outright in the first round. Opinion polls show Lacalle Pou of the centrist National Party winning about 31 percent of votes in the first round and the two men running neck-and-neck in a runoff next month. ...
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:02:47 -0400
Botswana votes in poll set to test ruling party dynasty

Botswana's President Ian Khama is flanked by Namibia's President Hifikepunye Pohamba and Malawi's ex-president, Bakili Muluzi in BloemfonteinBy Tiisetso Motsoeneng and Joe Brock GABORONE (Reuters) - Botswanans went to the polls on Friday in an election that is expected to see President Ian Khama's ruling party win a reduced majority as young and middle-class voters send out a warning to a political dynasty which has ruled for nearly five decades. Khama's Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), which has been in charge of the world's biggest diamond producer since independence from Britain in 1966, is credited with overseeing one of the most stable and democratic countries on a continent often tainted by conflict and corruption. ...

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:58:13 -0400
Cameron: EU secures $1.25 billion for Ebola fight

British Prime Minister David Cameron walks past journalists on the second day of an EU summit in Brussels, on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. EU leaders gather for a two-day summit in which they discuss Ebola, climate change and the economy. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron says that the European Union and its 28 member nations have secured 1 billion euros ($1.25 billion) to fight the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:56:49 -0400
Cameron demands crisis talks over EU cash demand

Prime Minister David Cameron arrives for a European Union summit at the EU headquarters in Brussels on October 24, 2014Brussels (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron interrupted an EU summit on Friday to demand an emergency finance ministers meeting over a demand from Brussels for an extra 2.1 billion euros from London, sources said.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:55:40 -0400
Syrian Kurd leader sees war of 'attrition' in Kobani
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The battle for the Syrian town of Kobani will turn into a war of attrition unless Kurds defending it from an Islamic State onslaught get arms that can repel tanks and armored vehicles, a Syrian Kurdish leader told a pan-Arab newspaper. Islamic State insurgents encircled the town near the Turkish border more than a month ago and are using weapons including tanks and armored vehicles seized in Iraq to attack Kurds equipped mainly with light arms. ...
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:52:47 -0400
Japan could deploy minesweepers off S. Korea in war with North, U.S. admiral says
By Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to let Japan's military fight overseas could open the way for the country to deploy minesweepers in South Korean waters in the event of a war with North Korea, a senior U.S. admiral said on Friday. Japan's military has defined its role as purely defensive, but Abe's cabinet in July revised the government's interpretation of the pacifist postwar constitution to allow its troops to aid a friendly country under attack. ...
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:45:36 -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 06:43:06 -0400
Sharapova concedes No. 1 ranking to Serena

Russia's Maria Sharapova serves to Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska during their singles match at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)SINGAPORE (AP) — Maria Sharapova failed to advance out of the WTA Finals groups and conceded the year-end No. 1 ranking to Serena Williams despite a three-set victory over Agnieszka Radwanska on Friday.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:42:28 -0400
Britain protests EU demand for more funding

British Prime Minister David Cameron, center, speaks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. EU leaders will gather Thursday for a two-day summit in which they will discuss Ebola, climate change and the economy. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain is protesting a European Union request for an additional 2.1 billion euro ($2.65 billion) contribution to the EU coffers at a time of increasing pressure at home for the country to leave the bloc.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:41:04 -0400
Jailed Bangladesh ex-Islamist leader dies

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 file photo, former chief of Bangladesh's largest Islamic party Jamaat-e-Islami, Ghulam Azam, waves from inside a car on his way to a court in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Azam, 91, died late Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 after life support was removed at the Bangabandhu Sehikh Mujib Medical University in the capital, Dhaka, said hospital spokesman Abdul Majid Bhuiyan. (AP Photo/Shawkat Khan)DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A former Bangladeshi Islamist party leader, whose imprisonment on war crimes charges triggered violent protests last year, has died of a heart attack in a prison cell of a government hospital.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:37:08 -0400
UK boy finishes proton therapy in Prague for tumor
PRAGUE (AP) — A clinic in Prague says British boy Ashya King has completed his proton beam therapy treatment for a life-threatening brain tumor.
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:36:12 -0400
British woman dies during Thai cosmetic surgery

Doctor Sompob Sansiri, center, is escorted by Thai police officers at a police station following his arrest in Bangkok Friday, Oct . 24, 2014, as he faces charges of causing death by reckless endangerment. A British woman has died under anesthesia during a cosmetic procedure by Sompob, an uncertified surgeon, at his clinic in Thailand's capital, authorities said Friday. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)BANGKOK (AP) — A British woman has died under anesthesia during a cosmetic procedure by an uncertified surgeon at a clinic in Thailand's capital, authorities said Friday.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:35:15 -0400
Top Asian News at 10:30 a.m. GMT
CHUNCHEON, South Korea (AP) — The whistle-blower who exposed breakthrough cloning research as a devastating fake says South Korea is still dominated by the values that allowed science fraudster Hwang Woo-suk to become an almost untouchable national hero. In an interview with The Associated Press after almost a decade of silence, Ryu Young-joon, one of Hwang's former researchers, said the cost of telling the truth still weighs on him but he doesn't regret his decision to out Hwang as a false prophet.
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:32:55 -0400
Anger in Britain over EU's 'thirsty vampire' payout demand

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) shares a jovial moment with Britain's eurosceptic UKIP leader Nigel Farage on October 22, 2014 at the European ParliamentLondon (AFP) - A demand for Britain to pay an extra 2.1 billion euros ($2.6 billion) to the European Union shows the EU is a "thirsty vampire", eurosceptic leader Nigel Farage said on Friday, as MPs voiced anger over the move.

Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:31:26 -0400
Tunisian forces assault home, killing 5 women
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian authorities have assaulted the home of suspected militants to end a 24-hour standoff, killing five women and one man.
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:29:21 -0400
Truck maker Volvo profits rise amid mixed market
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish truck maker AB Volvo says net profit in the third quarter rose slightly to 1.6 billion kronor ($220 million) in a mixed economic environment.
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:28:59 -0400
Nepal bus accident kills 9, injures dozens
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Police in Nepal say a bus crowded with people heading home for a Hindu festival has veered off a mountain highway, killing nine people and injuring dozens of others.
Date Posted : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:27:31 -0400

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