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 Canada Parliament gunman aimed to go to Saudi Arabia, not Syria: mother

Canada Parliament gunman aimed to go to Saudi Arabia, not Syria: mother

(Reuters) - The Canadian citizen who police contend shot dead a soldier at the nation's war memorial before charging into Parliament had intended to travel to Saudi Arabia, not Syria, his mother said in a letter to a news agency published on Saturday. The Royal Canadian...

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Man who attacked Canada's parliament had troubled, transient past

Man who attacked Canada's parliament had troubled, transient past

(Reuters) - The gunman who killed a soldier in Ottawa and then raced through Canada's parliament before being shot dead was a misfit and perhaps mentally ill, according to police, friends and family, while his troubled and transient past included robbery and drug offenses....

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Hurricane Gonzalo scores bull's eye hit on Bermuda

Hurricane Gonzalo scores bull's eye hit on Bermuda

(Reuters) - Hurricane Gonzalo slammed into Bermuda on Friday, knocking out most of the electricity as it lashed the tiny Atlantic island chain with pounding surf, torrential rain and howling wind, but there were no immediate reports of injuries. The strongest storm to sweep...

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Obama names Ebola 'czar,' bolsters Texas response

Obama names Ebola 'czar,' bolsters Texas response

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama appointed a former White House adviser as Ebola "czar" on Friday and named officials to bolster the response to the disease in Texas, the center of U.S. Ebola cases, as the death toll in three West African nations topped 4,500. The White...

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U.N. agency cuts food rations for 1 million Afghans over funding

U.N. agency cuts food rations for 1 million Afghans over funding

(Reuters) - Funding shortfalls have forced the World Food Program (WFP) to cut rations for up to 1 million people in Afghanistan , an official said, an early sign that aid money may dwindle as the international combat mission winds down. The U.N. food assistance agency, which runs...

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CDC head criticized for blaming 'protocol breach' as nurse gets Ebola

CDC head criticized for blaming 'protocol breach' as nurse gets Ebola

(Reuters) - Some healthcare experts are bristling at the assertion by a top U.S. health official that a “protocol breach” caused a Dallas nurse to be infected with Ebola while caring for a dying patient, saying the case instead shows how far the nation’s hospitals are from...

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Putin orders Russian troop withdrawal from Ukrainian border

Putin orders Russian troop withdrawal from Ukrainian border

(Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian troops to withdraw to their permanent bases after military exercises in Rostov region near the border with Ukraine , the Kremlin said, in a sign of some tension easing before a key meeting next week. The troop...

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Suicide bomber attacks Afghan provincial police HQ, killing one

Suicide bomber attacks Afghan provincial police HQ, killing one

(Reuters) - A suicide attacker wearing a police uniform attacked a provincial police headquarters in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing one officer and wounding four other people, an official said. The bombing in Helmand province is the latest by militants bent on...

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Pause in India-Pakistan fighting brings respite for civilians

Pause in India-Pakistan fighting brings respite for civilians

(Reuters) - Fighting between India and Pakistan paused on Friday after days of heavy shelling and gun battles across their disputed Himalayan border, the worst skirmishes between the nuclear-armed rivals in more than a decade. Despite escalating tensions, Pakistan...

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Malala Yousafzai wins Nobel Peace Prize 2014

Malala Yousafzai wins Nobel Peace Prize 2014

OSLO (Web Desk / Reuters) - Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousufzai and the Indian children s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi have won the Nobel Peace Prize. "Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzay has already fought for several years for the right of girls to...

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Ebola death toll rises to 3,880

Ebola death toll rises to 3,880

The number of deaths caused by the Ebola virus has risen to 3,880.   In a statement released Wednesday, the organization said: "The total number of confirmed, probable, and suspected cases in the West African epidemic of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported up to the end...

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India and Pakistan intensify Himalayan border conflict

India and Pakistan intensify Himalayan border conflict

    (Reuters) - Fighting intensified between India and Pakistan in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir on Wednesday, wounding a dozen along a more than 200-km (124-mile) stretch of border.Pakistan’s military fired machine guns and mortars at about 60...

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'Jihad recruiters' arrested in Netherlands, Germany

'Jihad recruiters' arrested in Netherlands, Germany

Police in the Netherlands and Germany have arrested two men for allegedly recruiting jihadi fighters to go to Iraq and Syria, Dutch police said Thursday. A woman was also held with the man arrested in Germany as part of a long-running investigation, police said in a statement. All...

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On Syria, Obama faces questions on Congress' role

On Syria, Obama faces questions on Congress' role

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama faces a familiar question as he contemplates airstrikes in Syria: Should Congress have a say in his decision? Obama was barreling toward strikes last summer when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional...

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Australia unveils measures to tackle rise of foreign fighters

Australia unveils measures to tackle rise of foreign fighters

(Reuters) - Australia unveiled counter-terrorism measures on Tuesday to prevent young people from becoming radicalized and going to fight in overseas conflicts such as Iraq and Syria , where scores of Australians have joined militant jihadist groups. Along with the...

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Lack of prospects, financial lure pushing youth to IS: Vatican

Lack of prospects, financial lure pushing youth to IS: Vatican

Young Syrians are gravitating towards the radical Islamic State due to a lack of prospects and the lure of financial support more than "ideological conviction", the pope's Syria envoy said Saturday. IS militants, which have been active in the Syrian conflict for several years,...

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Davutoglu: Turkey's Mr Foreign Policy

Davutoglu: Turkey's Mr Foreign Policy

A former academic, Ahmet Davutoglu has served the Justice and Development Party faithfully since 2002, as an adviser to prime ministers Abdullah Gul and Recep Tayyip Erdogan and, for the past five years, as foreign minister. It was in this role that he emerged as one of...

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British Muslims blame jihadi subculture after beheading video

British Muslims blame jihadi subculture after beheading video

(Reuters) - A British Muslim leader called for action on Thursday to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley, held hostage in Syria . In Washington, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the...

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