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· Canada PM vows crackdown after capital shocked by fatal attacks

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a nationally televised address on CBC in this still image taken from video courtesy of CBC in Ottawa,By David Ljunggren and Leah Schnurr OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed to redouble the country's fight against "terrorist organizations" abroad after a reported convert to Islam rampaged through parliament, shocking the usually tranquil capital city. Shortly after a gunman shot dead a soldier at the National War Memorial in central Ottawa on Wednesday morning, a man armed with a shotgun burst into the Center Block of Parliament, pursued by police. He died after dozens of shots rang out a few yards away from where Harper was talking to his legislators. ...


· U.S.-led air strikes killed 553 fighters, 32 civilians in Syria: monitor

Smoke and flames rise over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian borderBEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes by U.S.-led forces have killed 553 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 neighboring Iraq. The attacks also killed 57 members of the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, the Observatory said. Six of the civilians were children and five were women, it added. ...


· Eight Pakistani Shi'ites killed in sectarian attack
By Gul Yousafzai QUETTA Pakistan (Reuters) - Eight Shi'ite members of Pakistan's ethnic Hazara minority were killed and one wounded on Thursday, when gunmen opened fire on a bus in the volatile province of Baluchistan, police said. No one immediately claimed responsibility. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a radical Sunni militant group, has carried out many gun and bomb attacks on Hazaras in the past. The men were returning from a vegetable market when gunmen intercepted the bus. "Two gunmen boarded the bus and shot the men," police officer Imran Qureshi told Reuters. ...
· China says wants closer military ties with Iran
BEIJING (Reuters) - China wants to have closer military ties with Iran, the Chinese defense minister told the visiting head of the Iranian navy on Thursday, state media reported, reaffirming diplomatic links despite controversy over Iran's nuclear plans. Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan told Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari that the two armed forces have seen "good cooperation on mutual visits, personnel training and other fields in recent years", China's official Xinhua news agency reported. ...
· Russian prosecutors detain four more suspects in Total CEO plane crash

Christophe de Margerie, CEO of the French oil and gas company Total SA, speaks during an interview with Reuters in ParisMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian prosecutors have detained four more Moscow airport workers over a plane crash which killed the CEO of French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie, the country's Investigative Committee said on Thursday. The committee has moved quickly to detain those it says might be responsible for the crash, which killed de Margerie and the crew of his private jet in a tragedy which has done little to improve Russia's reputation for poor air safety. ...


· Bomb blast kills five at bus station in north Nigeria: police
ABUJA (Reuters) - A bomb exploded at a bus station in northern Nigeria's Bauchi state late on Wednesday, killing at least five people and wounding 12, police said. The blast, which struck the town of Azare, is likely to be blamed on Islamist Boko Haram militants, casting further doubt on government reports that it had reached a temporary ceasefire with the rebels in order to secure the release of more than 200 schoolgirls they are holding hostage. Police did not comment on who was behind the attack. ...
· China opposes sending North Korea to int'l court
BEIJING (AP) — China says it's against referring ally North Korea to the International Criminal Court over its human rights record.
· Facebook's Zuckerberg wages China charm offensive -- in Mandarin

Mark Zuckerberg surprised Chinese and international students by conducting a question-and-answer session in MandarinFacebook is blocked in China, but its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg appears determined to win over hearts and minds in Beijing -- surprising a hall full of students by conducting a Q&A session in Mandarin. Zuckerberg charmed his audience comprising Chinese and international students when he kicked off the half-hour session at the elite Tsinghua University with the words "Hello, everyone" in heavily-accented Chinese. Facebook has been inaccessible in mainland China since 2009, one of several major global social media sites including Twitter, YouTube and Instagram that have been blacklisted by the ruling Communist Party, which keeps a tight rein on freedom of expression. Despite the measures, many Chinese state news organisations and government bodies maintain social media accounts, and Facebook officials have made frequent trips to Beijing, speaking at tech conferences and meeting with business and government leaders.


· 1st test: Pakistan moves to 328-5 v Australia
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq returned to batting form with a resilient half century as Pakistan moved to 328-5 at lunch Thursday on the second day of the first test cricket against Australia.
· Patience with Balotelli wearing thin at Liverpool

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli gestures during the Champions League group B soccer match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — A halftime swap of shirts with a Real Madrid player provided the first flashpoint in Mario Balotelli's career at Liverpool.


· Cyprus: crews locate wreckage of small plane
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The chief of Cyprus' aircraft accidents board says search crews have found wreckage belonging to a small aircraft that vanished while en route to Beirut, Lebanon, from the east Mediterranean island.
· Cyprus president hospitalized in Brussels
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A Cypriot official says the president of Cyprus has been admitted to a hospital in Brussels after a prolonged nosebleed that doctors said was caused by hypertension.
· Airstrikes target oil filed in eastern Syria

Thick smoke from an airstrike by the US-led coalition rises in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say the U.S.-led coalition has launched airstrikes on an oil field in Syria's eastern province of Deir el-Zour that borders Iraq.


· Exporters fail on pledge to curb bribery: watchdog
By Michael Nienaber BERLIN (Reuters) - Big exporting nations are breaking their pledge to fight corruption in global trade, with more than half of the countries that have signed an anti-bribery convention failing to implement it, a report by Transparency International (TI) showed on Thursday. The Berlin-based anti-corruption watchdog named Japan, the Netherlands, Greece, Russia and Brazil as among the worst offenders. ...
· Stocks sink as oil falls, China factories slumber

Specialist John Urbanowicz, left, and trader Ryan Falvey work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Good news on corporate earnings nudged U.S. stocks higher Wednesday morning, a day after the Standard and Poor's 500 index had its best day of the year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)TOKYO (AP) — Global stocks fell Thursday after another slump in oil prices added to doubts about the strength of global demand and China's manufacturing output grew at the slowest pace in five months.


· Wozniacki beats Radwanska at WTA Finals

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a forehand return against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during their singles match at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)SINGAPORE (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki moved closer to a place in the semifinals at the WTA Finals by beating Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 6-3 on Thursday.


· London stocks come under pressure at open

Shares in London started on a weak note as investors reacted to the terror attack in Canada and weak corporate figures in BritainLondon (AFP) - Shares in London started in negative territory on Thursday as investors reacted to the terror attack in Canada and weak corporate figures in Britain.


· Top Asian News at 8:00 a.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 those paved. By the time we returned to the capital a week later, our Chinese-made Great Wall SUV had a few new scratches and one less hubcap.
· Local Todd Sinnott has Asia-Pacific Amateur lead
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Local golfer Todd Sinnott shot a five-under 67 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead over 2012 champion Guan Tianlang of China after the first round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Royal Melbourne.
· Hyundai Motor's 3Q profit falls 28 percent

Hyundai Motor's 3Q profit falls 28 percentSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hyundai Motor Co. said Thursday its profit sank nearly 30 percent for the July-September quarter, hurt by a stronger South Korean currency and weak sales growth in its home market.



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