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Evidence markers are seen on the ground at the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa on Thursday. A gunman attacked Canada's parliament on Wednesday, with gunfire erupting near a room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking, and a soldier was fatally shot at the nearby war memorial, jolting the Canadian capital.
Reuters Evidence markers are seen on the ground at the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa on Thursday. A gunman attacked Canada's parliament on Wednesday, with gunfire erupting near a room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking, and a soldier was fatally shot at the nearby war memorial, jolting the Canadian capital.

I cry for victims, not son, says mother of Canada shooting suspect

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. <... »
People demonstrate calling on the Nigerian government to rescue girls taken from a secondary school in Chibok region, in the city of Abuja, Nigeria.

Nigeria truce is shaky, no news of abducted girls

Officials had said talks would resume in neighbouring Chad this week, but there was no confirmation that those negotiations had resumed by Wednesday. »

Palestinian kills baby at Jerusalem station

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... »
People walk past Chinese paramilitary policemen and plain clothes policeman as they stand guard near the portrait of the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong at Tiananmen Gate in Beijing.
Beijing, October 24, 2014

Plenum promises Hong Kong autonomy, judiciary independence

China’s ruling Communist Party on Thursday vowed autonomy for Hong Kong where pro-democracy protesters have locked horns with the city administration for over a month on the election of next Chief... »
In this April, 1975 photo, Syria opens its fourth oil field at Jbeissah, some 30 km west of the Iraq border. U.S.-led airstrikes, which targeted Syrian oil installations held by the Islamic State group, have so far killed more than 500 people since they began on September 23, 2014, activists said on Thursday.
BEIRUT, October 23, 2014

US-led airstrikes in Syria killed over 500, say activists

U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Syria have killed more than 500 people, mainly Islamic militants, since they began last month, activists said on Thursday, as warplanes targeted an oil field in th... »
Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a televised address to the nation in Ottawa, Ontario. Photo: AP
OTTAWA, Ontario, October 23, 2014

Canada PM terms shooting rampage as 'terrorism'

Referring to the recent shootouts that have rocked the nation as 'terrorism', Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in his address to the nation that, “Canada will never be intimidated.” »
In this October 18, 2014 photo, spent cartridges lie on the ground in the aftermath of clashes between pro-government forces backed by locals and the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council who have joint forces with the Islamist militant group Ansar al-Sharia, in Benghazi.
Benghazi, October 23, 2014

Libyan Army troops advance into Benghazi

Libyan Army troops on Wednesday pushed into Benghazi, the first time in two months that government forces had entered the eastern city, which has been under control of Islamist militias.The... »
A Kurdish fighter holds his rifle as he guards the street in the Iraqi town of Qara Tappa north of Baghdad, on October 21, 2014.
Washington, October 23, 2014

US confirms one cache of arms fell in hands of Islamic State

The U.S. on Wednesday confirmed that the Islamic State has seized at least one bundle of arms supply airdropped by it for the Kurdish fighters near the Syrian town of Kobani.“Yesterday we a... »
A child, centre, stands underneath a signboard reading 'Police order quarantined home unauthorised should keep off' as a family home is placed under quarantine due to the Ebola virus in Port Loko, Sierra Leone on Wednesday.
LONDON, October 23, 2014

Ebola responsible for 4,877 deaths: WHO

Ebola is now believed to have killed 4,877 people globally and that the spread of the lethal virus remains “persistent and widespread” in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on W... »
DAMASCUS, October 22, 2014

Warplanes seized by IS destroyed, claims Syrian government

The Syrian government has claimed that its army has destroyed two warplanes in the hands of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, the official news agency S... »
In this February 12, 2013 image taken from video obtained from Ugarit News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian fighter jet in a hangar after rebels captured Jarrah airfield in Aleppo Province. Syria on Wednesday claimed that its air force had destroyed two of three jets seized and test flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State last week.
DAMASCUS, October 22, 2014

Syria claims it destroyed jets seized by Islamic State

Syria’s Information Minister says the Syrian air force has destroyed two of three jets seized and test flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week. Omran al-Zoubi told Syrian... »

Hong Kong, October 21, 2014

Hong Kong talks yield no results

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told reporters that the government won’t let the public nominate candidates to run in inaugural direct elections to succeed him in 2017, as demanded by thousands of... »
Ban said he has created a scientific advisory board which would provide him with scientific assessments for sustainable development.
UNITED NATIONS, October 21, 2014

UN chief seeks more efforts for Millenium Development Goals

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the scientific community to invest more talent and resources to research that would contribute to UN’ s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Ba... »

CEO of oil giant Total dies in Moscow plane crash

‘No arbitrary caps on EU immigration’

WHO declares Nigeria free of Ebola

Joko Widodo sworn in as Indonesian President

US airdrops arms to Syrian Kurds

US defence department to create medical team for Ebola

Modi to address joint session of Australian Parliament

Britain needs a pay rise

Mysterious U.S. military plane back after 22 months in space

Jean Paul Sartre
October 23, 2014

Books Jean-Paul Sartre more relevant now than ever (1207)

In this age in which every winning author knows what is necessary in the post-award trial-by-photoshoot, how lovely to recall what happened on 22 October 1964, when Jean-Paul Sartre turned down th... »
BEIJING, October 23, 2014

Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer

China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, and he entertained an audience of students in Beijing with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese. There w... »
Lagos, October 23, 2014

Nigerian parliament approves $1 bn loan to fight Boko Haram

The Nigerian House of Representatives on Wednesday approved President Goodluck Jonathan’s request to borrow not more than one billion dollars to tackle the security challenges facing the country.»
In this May 8, 2014 photo, the mayor of the city of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, right, and his wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa meet with state government officials in Chilpancingo, Mexico.
MEXICO CITY, October 23, 2014

Mexico: Mayor linked to deadly attack on students

The mayor of a town in southern Mexico ordered a police attack that resulted in six deaths and the disappearance of 43 students who remain missing weeks later, the country’s top prosecutor said on... »
Police officers stand guard at the front entrance of Centre Block Building on Parliament Hill following shootings in downtown Ottawa on Wednesday.
Washington, October 23, 2014

Barack Obama speaks to Harper on Canada shootings: White House

U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the shootings that took place both inside and outside the premises of Canada’s Parliament, the White... »
Police teams set up police tape outside Centre Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, on Wednesday. A gunman opened fire at the National War Memorial, killing a soldier, then moved to nearby Parliament Hill and was shot and killed by Parliament's sergeant-at-arms.
Toronto, October 22, 2014

Shots fired in Canada’s Parliament, 2 killed

Canada’s Parliament came under attack on Wednesday with a barrage of gunshots fired both inside and outside the building as security forces gunned down a man suspected of killing a soldier. <... »
MEXICO CITY, October 22, 2014

Mass demonstrations planned in Mexico over missing students

Mexico was bracing for a day of mass demonstrations by citizens outraged at the disappearance of 43 students almost a month ago on Wednesday.Dissatisfied with the official investigation int... »
Ben Bradlee led the newspaper during the days of the Watergate scandal. Photo: AP
WASHINGTON, October 22, 2014

Ben Bradlee who led Washington Post in Watergate era, dies

Former Washington Post editor, Benjamin Bradlee, who guided the daily through its coverage of the Watergate scandal and transformed the newspaper into one of the world’s leading publications, has... »
Oscar Pistorius touches hands with family members as he is led down to the cells of the court in Pretoria, South Africa on Tuesday. Pistorius received a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.
PRETORIA, October 21, 2014

Pistorius sentenced to five-year jail term for killing girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced on Tuesday to five years in prison for killing Reeva Steenkamp by a South African judge who cited the “gross negligence” the runner showed when he shot his girlfriend... »
Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta
October 21, 2014

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dead

Oscar de la Renta, one of the most sought-after fashion designers of the last half century, dressing American first ladies and Hollywood stars in his classic silhouettes, died on Monday at the age... »

Ebola masks China-U.S. tussle in Africa

Turkey aiding peshmerga fighters to enter Kobane

After arms drop, US coalition strikes Islamic State positions in Kobani

Australian Parliament lifts face veil ban

Japan Trade, Justice Ministers quit amid scandals

Tropical storm batters southern Mexico coast, kills 6

Iran bans human rights lawyer from practicing law

South, North Korea exchange gunfire along border