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Canada's parliament attacked near where PM Harper was speaking

By Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's capital was jolted on Wednesday by the fatal shooting of a soldier and an attack on the parliament building in which gunshots were fired outside a room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking. The gunman in the parliament building was shot dead, and Harper was safely removed. ...

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 conso

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 Portugue

Palestinian driver rams Jerusalem station killing baby

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli baby died and eight other people were hurt when a Palestinian man slammed his car into pedestrians at a Jerusalem light railway stop, then police shot the driver as he fled, police and a hospital official said. A hospital official said the driver later died of his injuries. ...

Two Israeli soldiers wounded in attack along Egypt border: military

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Attackers on Egypt's Sinai peninsula opened fire on Israeli soldiers across the border on Wednesday, wounding two, the Israeli military said. Islamist militants are active in the peninsula, which borders southern Israel, though assaults across the fenced frontier are rare. The attackers fired guns and an anti-tank missile at the Israelis, the military said in a statement. "Tw

Saudi Arabia jails al Qaeda suspects over plot to hit U.S. forces

DUBAI (Reuters) - A Saudi court has sentenced 17 people, four of them women, to prison terms of up to 30 years in two separate cases, one of which involving an al Qaeda plot to attack U.S. soldiers in Qatar and Kuwait, the state news agency SPA said. In a third case, two Saudi citizens were sentenced to death on Monday after they were convicted of attacking a police station with Molotov cocktails

England beats Samoa 32-26 in Four Nations opener

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Sam Tomkins' 70th minute try helped England hold on against underdogs Samoa 32-26 in the opening match of rugby league's Four Nations tournament on Saturday.

Pakistan 116-1 at lunch, leads Australia by 267

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan built a strong lead of 267 runs by lunch as Ahmed Shehzad scored a half century on the fourth day of the first test against Australia on Saturday.

16 killed in northwest China coal mine collapse

BEIJING (AP) — A coal mine shaft collapsed in northwestern China, killing 16 miners, an official said Saturday, highlighting the persistence of safety problems in the industry despite a leveling off of demand.

US skier Shiffrin leads World Cup GS in 1st run

SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin posted the fastest time in the first run of the season-opening women's World Cup giant slalom on Saturday.

Zimbabwe 179-5 at tea on 1st day of 1st test

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Opener Sikandar Raza struck 51 on Saturday to steer Zimbabwe to 179-5 at tea on the first day of the first test against Bangladesh.

Tunisians skeptical on eve of historic election

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — In a raucous cafe in a Tunis slum, men talked in loud voices and paid little attention to the politicians debating on the television mounted on the wall. Qais Jebali swiftly made espressos behind the bar and explained why no one in the gritty neighborhood of Tadamon cared about the upcoming elections.

Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with at least 8,000 members of the long-persecuted minority fleeing by boat in the last two weeks, according to residents and a leading expert. Chris Lewa, director of the nonprofit Rohingya advocacy group Arakan Project, said an average of 900 people per day have been piling in

Women on front lines in Syria, Iraq against IS

SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Just over a year ago, Afshin Kobani was a teacher. Now, the Kurdish Syrian woman has traded the classroom for the front lines in the battle for Kobani, a town besieged by fighters from the Islamic State extremist group.

Two dead in US school shooting after online warnings

A US student who had issued chilling warnings on Twitter opened fire in a school cafeteria on Friday, killing at least one person and critically injuring three before taking his own life. Terrified classmates dived for cover as the gunman, identified by media reports and fellow students as Jaylen Fryberg, launched his attack in a school in the northwestern state of Washington. We want to make su

Afghan president visits Saudi Arabia

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Saturday made his first overseas trip since taking office, fulfilling an election promise to undertake a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

Top Asian News at 8:00 a.m. GMT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with at least 8,000 members of the long-persecuted minority fleeing by boat in the last two weeks, according to residents and a leading expert. Chris Lewa, director of the nonprofit Rohingya advocacy group Arakan Project, said an average of 900 people per day have been piling in

Iran hangs woman for killing alleged rapist

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has hanged a woman convicted of murdering a man she said was trying to rape her.

Marquez grabs record 13th pole in Malaysia MotoGP practice

Recently crowned world champion Marc Marquez will start in top position for Sunday's Malaysian MotoGP, surpassing the record for the most poles in a single season. The Spanish Repsol Honda rider clocked a record lap time of one minute 59.791 seconds in Saturday qualifying at Sepang, 0.182 seconds ahead of his team-mate and compatriot Dani Pedrosa. In third place was Spain's Jorge Lorenzo, while

Le Minh Thai, Vietnam war photographer, dies in US

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Le Minh Thai, a photojournalist who covered the Vietnam War for The Associated Press and Time Life, has died. He was 93.

Olesen leads Perth International 3rd round lead

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Thorbjorn Olesen's bunker shots and putting helped him grind out a 5-under 67 Saturday to lead the Perth International golf tournament by three strokes after the third round.

Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with at least 8,000 members of the long-persecuted minority fleeing by boat in the last two weeks, according to residents and a leading expert. Chris Lewa, director of the nonprofit Rohingya advocacy group Arakan Project, said an average of 900 people per day have been piling in

Top Asian News at 7:00 a.m. GMT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with at least 8,000 members of the long-persecuted minority fleeing by boat in the last two weeks, according to residents and a leading expert. Chris Lewa, director of the nonprofit Rohingya advocacy group Arakan Project, said an average of 900 people per day have been piling in

Iran hangs woman in defiance of international campaign

Iran executed Saturday a 26-year-old woman who had spent five years on death row for the murder of a former intelligence official, defying international pressure to spare her life. Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged at dawn, the official IRNA news agency quoted the Tehran prosecutor's office as saying. Amnesty International said in a statement issued late Friday that Jabbari, an interior designer, was

WTA plans World Cup teams event

SINGAPORE (AP) — The WTA is considering setting up its own World Cup team event, separate from the existing Fed Cup organized by the ITF.

Beale not wanted for Wallabies tour squad

SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian Rugby Union says recently-disciplined backline star Kurtley Beale will not join the Wallabies for their November tour to Europe.

Expert: 8,000 more Rohingya flee Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with at least 8,000 members of the long-persecuted minority fleeing by boat in the last two weeks, according to residents and a leading expert.

Top Asian News at 6:30 a.m. GMT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with at least 8,000 members of the long-persecuted minority fleeing by boat in the last two weeks, according to residents and a leading expert. Chris Lewa, director of the nonprofit Rohingya advocacy group Arakan Project, said an average of 900 people per day have been piling in

Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement gets computer game makeover

How do you defend yourself against scores of tear gas wielding police while manning the barricades at Hong Kong's protest camps? "Yellow Umbrella" has been downloaded more than 40,000 times from Google Play's store since its release on Monday, the game's developers told AFP, although it has yet to receive approval from Apple and is noticeably absent from Google's online store in mainland China.

Scottish Labour leader Lamont to quit

Edinburgh (AFP) - Johann Lamont will quit as leader of the Scottish Labour Party, she revealed Saturday, suggesting that the party was too focussed on Westminster and not on Edinburgh.


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