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Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:23:41 +0200

'Many exposed' to Mali Ebola girl
Health officials fear many people have been exposed to Mali's first Ebola victim, a girl who showed symptoms while travelling and has since died.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:41:59 GMT

State of emergency imposed in Sinai
Egypt declares a three-month state of emergency in parts of the Sinai Peninsula after two attacks there killed at least 31 soldiers.
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:58:40 GMT

Google boss sets new skydive record
Google executive Alan Eustace breaks the world altitude record for a parachute jump set two years ago by Felix Baumgartner.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:35:51 GMT

One killed in US school shooting
One person was shot dead and four students wounded in a school by a student who then took his own life, police in the US state of Washington say.
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:27:29 GMT

Life terms for Argentina jail crimes
An Argentine ex-police chief and ex-interior minister are among 15 people given life sentences for involvement in a torture centre in the 1970s.
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:56:09 GMT


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Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:36:16 +0200

Cost of driving licence to be cut
The cost of getting a driving licence is being cut following a recent public consultation, the government says.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:01:11 GMT

Scottish Labour leader standing down
Johann Lamont is standing down as leader of the Scottish Labour Party with immediate effect after criticising her Westminster colleagues.
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:45:04 GMT

Anger over ancient woods quarry plan
Plans to turn an area of ancient Staffordshire woodland mentioned in the Domesday Book into a quarry anger conservationists.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:57:03 GMT

Body of UK-born student identified
Authorities in Virginia identify the remains of a British-born university student who disappeared last month after a night out with friends.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:17:55 GMT

Used car buyers 'need more support'
Better protection is needed for consumers buying used cars, says a commission studying the high level of complaints against the sector.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:03:08 GMT



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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:35:23 +0200

VIDEO: Man starts fire at petrol station
CCTV footage showing the moment a man started a fire at a petrol station has been released by police.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:56:14 GMT

VIDEO: Sargy Mann: Painting with inner vision
Artist Sargy Mann has been registered blind for 25 years. His paintings are highly acclaimed and sought-after.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:38:20 GMT

VIDEO: Ashya King 'has really come along'
Ashya King's father said his son "has really come along" while under going proton beam therapy in Prague.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:07:17 GMT

VIDEO: Police spy 'was paid to love me'
The Metropolitan Police is to pay more than £400,000 to a woman whose child was fathered by a man who she did not know was an undercover police officer.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:58:47 GMT

VIDEO: US air strike 'hits IS command'
New video footage show a US air strike hitting an Islamic State position on a hill near the embattled Syrian town of Kobane.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:08:22 GMT


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Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:40:18 +0200

Google boss sets new skydive record
Google executive Alan Eustace breaks the world altitude record for a parachute jump set two years ago by Felix Baumgartner.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:35:51 GMT

Gold prizes for Dubai commuters
The emirate wants people to get out of their cars to ease traffic congestion.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:36:31 GMT

Thousands queue for 'meat stone'
Taiwan's unusual national treasure is heading home after a two-week foreign trip.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:42:14 GMT

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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:16:14 EDT

Without swift influx of substantial aid, Ebola epidemic in Africa poised to explode
The Ebola virus disease epidemic already devastating swaths of West Africa will likely get far worse in the coming weeks and months unless international commitments are significantly and immediately increased, new research predicts.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:35:39 EDT

3-D map of the adolescent universe
Using extremely faint light from galaxies 10.8-billion light years away, scientists have created one of the most complete, three-dimensional maps of a slice of the adolescent universe. The map shows a web of hydrogen gas that varies from low to high density at a time when the universe was made of a fraction of the dark matter we see.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:41:11 EDT

Novel software application can stratify early-stage non-small cell lung cancer patients
Computer-Aided Nodule Assessment and Risk Yield, is a novel software tool that can automatically quantitate adenocarcinoma pulmonary nodule characteristics from non-invasive high resolution computed tomography images and stratify non-small cell lung cancer patients into risk groups that have significantly different disease-free survival outcome.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:23:18 EDT

Anaplastic lymphoma kinase immunohistochemistry testing comparable to, if not better than, fluorescence in situ hybridization testing
Sixteen institutions across Europe collaborated together to show for the first time that a semi-quantitative anaplastic lymphoma kinase protein expression test, immunohistochemistry, is reliable amongst several laboratories and reviewers when test methodology and result interpretation are strictly standardized and the scoring pathologists are appropriately trained on the test.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:23:16 EDT

Desert streams: Deceptively simple
Volatile rainstorms drive complex landscape changes in deserts, particularly in dryland channels, which are shaped by flash flooding. Paradoxically, such desert streams have surprisingly simple topography with smooth, straight and symmetrical form that until now has defied explanation.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:23:14 EDT

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Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:18:34 +0200

Comanche Chief Quanah Parker’s Century-Old House Falling Apart
One of the most fascinating people in U.S. history was Quanah Parker, the last chief of the American Indian tribe, the Comanche. He was the son of a Comanche warrior and a white woman who had been captured by the Indians. Parker was a fierce warrior until the day in 1875 when he led his people to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and took on a new, peaceful life. Quanah’s image remains strong among his people, but part of his heritage is in danger of disappearing. After giving up the warrior life...
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:48:34 -0400

Comanche Chief Quanah Parker’s Century-Old House Falling Apart
One of the most fascinating people in U.S. history was Quanah Parker, the last chief of the American Indian tribe, the Comanche. He was the son of a Comanche warrior and a white woman who had been captured by the Indians. Parker was a fierce warrior until 1875 when he led his people to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and took on a new, peaceful life. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Cache, Oklahoma, Quanah’s image remains strong among his people, but part of his heritage is in danger of disappearing.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:47:00 -0400

Canadian Authorities Seek More Power to Thwart Terror Suspects
Canada’s prime minister says parliament must expand the powers of the country’s spy agency to track terror suspects abroad, and to detain people in the country suspected of plotting attacks -- and he says he'll press for speedy approval. The push by Stephen Harper to give the Canadian Security Intelligence Service more power to do surveillance follows attacks in Ottawa and near Montreal this week that killed two soldiers. On Friday, the opposition leader, Thomas Mulcair, was quoted...
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:32:07 -0400

Despite Gains, Obama Still Facing Ebola Criticism
The release of recovering Ebola patient Nina Pham from a Washington area hospital on Friday was a boost for the Obama administration, which has come under intense criticism for its handling of the Ebola cases that have so far appeared on U.S. soil. As VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports, that scrutiny continued Friday on Capitol Hill.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:37:00 -0400

Expert Says Ebola Vaccine Development Takes Time
As early as 2003, researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health knew what made the Ebola virus tick, and animal experiments of candidate vaccines showed promise.    The problem, according to infectious-disease specialist William Schaffner of Tennessee's Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, was a lack of funds to begin human clinical trials.   “Once you have the candidates, if you think they are going to work - for example, you’ve put them into a...
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:34:39 -0400

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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:00:00 +0200

Commercial Concorde Service Suspended (2003)

The Concorde, which began commercial operation in 1976, was the only supersonic passenger jet to provide long-standing service to the public. It was built through a partnership between Britain and France and became a source of national pride among their citizens. The Concorde could cross the Atlantic in just over three hours, but the aircraft was retired in 2003 due to falling demand, rising maintenance costs, and safety issues. What caused the first and only fatal Concorde crash in 2000? Discuss

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT

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Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:18:36 +0200

Libya: UN ‘deeply concerned’ by reported threats against national rights institution
The United Nations human rights office expressed “deep concern” today at reports of threats and intimidation directed against Libya’s national human rights institution, the National Council for Civil Liberties and Human Rights (NCCLHR), based in Tripoli.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:31:22 EST

More respect, less criminalization for migrant workers, UN rights expert urges
The lack of political will to stand up for migrant workers’ rights remains the greatest challenge to the protection of this “very vulnerable” group of human beings, an independent United Nations expert affirmed today.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:57:36 EST

DR Congo: UN, African Union urge eastern town to support operations to end rebel threat
Visiting the site of a recent flare-up of deadly violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations and African Union (AU) envoys met with the Mayor of the town of Beni, Congolese military officials and local leaders, urging a united front to “put an end to the terror imposed on the population by armed groups,” including Ugandan-based rebels operating in the area.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:52:00 EST

Mexico: UN rights office urges authorities to ‘step up’ efforts to find missing students
The United Nations human rights office has voiced concern about the continued enforced disappearance of students in the Mexican town of Iguala and urged local authorities to step up their efforts in finding them.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:00:22 EST

Amid uneasy ceasefire, Ukraine risks becoming ‘protracted’ conflict, UN officials warn
The simmering conflict in Ukraine continues to take lives and exacerbate already precarious humanitarian conditions in the country’s Eastern regions, two senior United Nations officials told the Security Council today, as they warned that the situation risks turning into a “protracted low-intensity conflict.”
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:50:43 EST World | National Breaking News
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:52:23 GMT

Hit and run gives Qld man head injuries
A MAN is in hospital with head injuries and internal bleeding after being struck by an unknown vehicle during a hit and run accident in southern Brisbane.

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:50:11 GMT

Don't use religion to exclude: Shorten
LABOR leader Bill Shorten has told the Australian Christian Lobby conference he will not stay silent when religion is used to oppose gay marriage.

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:44:10 GMT


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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:00:00 +0200

Rafael Leonidas Trujillo (1891)

Trujillo was president of the Dominican Republic from 1930–38 and 1942–52, but from 1930 onward, even during the periods when he was not officially in office, he retained absolute, dictatorial control over the country. Though he introduced a degree of economic modernization, he was an autocratic and ruthless leader. He stripped his people of their civil and political liberties and pursued a racist policy of anti-Haitianism. What role did the CIA purportedly play in Trujillo's 1961 assassination? Discuss

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT

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Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:18:37 +0200

The Nolans Do Not Have a Hand in the Upcoming DC Cinematic Universe

Although The Dark Knight trilogy helmer Christopher Nolan both provided the story and served as producer on Zack Snyder's apparent DC Cinematic Universe launcher Man of Steel, don't expect Nolan or his brother, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises screenwriter Jonathan Nolan, to be eyeing any of the films on Warner Bros.' massive upcoming slate.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:32:00 -0500

Paul Greengrass to Direct Berlin Wall Escape Tale The Tunnels

Academy Award winning director Paul Greengrass is taking the director's chair on The Tunnels, an upcoming true story about an escape through tunnels dug the Berlin Wall in a pre-reunificated Germany. Variety reports that the film will be based on a book proposal by author Greg Mitchell. Mitchell himself soon confirmed the news on his official site.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:28:00 -0500

The Lord of the Rings' Billy Boyd Performs End Title Song for The Hobbit
Gearing up for the December 17, 2014, release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens announced today that Billy Boyd will perform the film's end title song, "The Last Goodbye," which he co-wrote with the filmmakers.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:31:00 -0500

Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis to Star in Showtime's Billions
Showtime announced that Oscar nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man) and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis ("Homeland") have been cast in the lead roles of the complex, contemporary drama pilot "Billions."

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:34:00 -0500

Warner Bros. to Remake German Blockbuster, Who Am I
Having already grossed nearly 6 million Euros since opening in Germany in late September, Baran Odar's new crime-thriller Who Am I, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, has gotten the attention of Warner Bros. who have bought the rights for an English language remake.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:23:00 -0500

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Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:25:51 +0200

Cliff Richard police raid 'inept'
The handling of a police raid at the home of veteran pop star Sir Cliff Richard is described as inept by the Commons Home Affairs Committee.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:10:39 GMT

Alvin Stardust album gets early release
The release of Alvin Stardust's final album, his first in 30 years, is brought forward following his death.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:13:07 GMT

US network AMC buys into BBC America
US TV network AMC, which aired Mad Men and The Walking Dead, is to take over the running of BBC America after a $200m (£125m) deal with the BBC.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:27:02 GMT

Lucas to host international Emmys
British comedian Matt Lucas will host the International Emmy Awards ceremony in New York in November.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:05:36 GMT

Spanish art gems head for UK town
A new art gallery showing major works of art from Spain's "golden age" is to open in a former bank in Bishop Auckland, north-east England.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:39:09 GMT

Knightley to make Broadway debut
British actress Keira Knightley is to make her Broadway debut next year in Therese Raquin, a stage version of Emile Zola's classic novel.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:06:38 GMT

One Direction join BBC Music Awards
One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay are among the acts confirmed to perform at the inaugural BBC Music Awards on 11 December.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:36:50 GMT

US returns ancient artefacts to Peru
The US returns about 20 ancient Peruvian artefacts - some more than 1,800 years old - that had been looted from pre-Columbian graves.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:53:28 GMT

Jason Manford set for The Producers
Comedian Jason Manford is to star in a new UK touring production of hit musical The Producers.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:15:29 GMT

Singer Alvin Stardust dies aged 72
Singer Alvin Stardust, best known for his hit My Coo Ca Choo, dies aged 72 after recently being diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:47:03 GMT


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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:00:00 +0200

Legend Tripping

If you have ever tested your mettle by visiting a "haunted" cemetery or the site of a local tragedy, you have engaged in what folklorists have, in recent years, termed "legend tripping." Legend trippers—typically teens—visit a tabooed site for the specific purpose of flirting with its purported dangers and testing their courage against its supposed supernatural forces. These excursions are usually undertaken secretly, under cover of darkness. What are some hot spots for legend tripping? Discuss

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT

Veni Vidi Vici

Before Julius Caesar was made dictator for life, he engaged in a civil war with his rival Pompey. Caesar started the war by crossing the Rubicon River into Italy, reportedly uttering the words Iacta alea est—"the die is cast." Pompey fled and was eventually killed after Caesar pursued him to Egypt. From Egypt, Caesar went to Syria and Pontus, where in 47 BCE he defeated Pharnaces II with such ease that he reported his victory with the words Veni, vidi, vici—meaning what?

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT

Bayreuth Festival

Bayreuth, Germany, is home to this annual festival devoted to the performance of operas by Richard Wagner. Wagner launched the festival in 1876 to showcase a variety of German music and did not intend for his compositions to be the focus. The event was plagued by financial problems in its early years, but survived through state intervention and the support of influential Wagnerians, including Ludwig II of Bavaria and Adolf Hitler. Who did Hitler beg—unsuccessfully—to lead the festival?

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT

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Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:18:40 +0200

Rednecks have no escape
Ebola should bring home to American conservatives that they are part of humanity.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200

Israelis choke on reality of two states
The latest poll reflects what appears to be an ever-diminishing appetite for a two-state solution on both sides of politics.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200

Gay rights: Is the pope still Catholic?
Italy's leaders and the Vatican are battling to close the gap between church doctrine and modern life.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200

Will Brazilians say Neves again?
The left has run the country since 2003, but now is presented with a very real threat from the conservative elite.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200

Don't screen, follow Nigeria's lead
Doctors say the funds spent on airport checks would be better used to stop Ebola at its source.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93
Ben Bradlee's death was announced by the Post, which reported last month that he had begun hospice care after suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:02:00 +0200

Possible concession to Hong Kong protesters
Although Hong Kong's leader has indicated a concession to pro-democracy protesters, expectations remain low ahead of talks.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:16:00 +0200

China: Violent clashes erupt in Hong Kong for second night
Clashes that have erupted in the city have deepened a sense of impasse between government and a pro-democracy movement.
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:17:00 +0200

Ban Ki-moon takes on Netanyahu
Israel's plans for settlements in east Jerusalem are a 'clear violation of international law'.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200

Warning of 10 000 new ebola cases a week
With the death rate at 70%, new strategies, resources and tough targets are being put in place.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200


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Irish golfer heading the field going into important Indian golf tournament

BANGALORE, India - Irish golfer Niall Turner, American Brett Munson and Sattaya Supupramai of Thailand, who are ranked third, fourth and fifth respectively on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order ...
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:30:02 -0400

Hundreds of Islamic State fighters killed in month long US airstrikes

BEIRUT, Lebanon - More than 550 people, including 32 civilians, have been killed in a month-long United States-led aerial operation against Islamic State militants in Syria, according to a monitoring ...
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:22:07 -0400

Beijing says US move to deploy radar in Japan against regional peace

BEIJING - China on Thursday criticized countries involved in anti-missile system deployment in the Asia-Pacific region, pointing specifically at a US X-band radar deployment in Kyoto, Japan. ...
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:15:55 -0400

GM posts higher-than-expected profit on strong North American demand

DETROIT, Michigan - Carmaker General Motors has posted higher-than-expected in the third quarter riding high on strong demands in North America and China, the company said Thursday. Net revenue in ...
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:10:22 -0400

Rengan Rajaratnam settles civil insider trading suit with SEC

Washington - Rengan Rajaratnam, the younger brother of former hedge fund manager Rajarengan "Rengan" Rajaratnam, who has been convicted and imprisoned for 11 years, has agreed to pay more than ...
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Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:18:42 +0200

'What's in the letter?'

Barrie Cassidy on the distressing secret his mother kept hidden from his POW father for decades.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:00:01 GMT

'I believe in God and marriage equality'

Bill Shorten tells Australian Christian Lobby religion shouldn't be used as an instrument of division or exclusion.
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:46:40 GMT

Babies born with a life sentence

No one's sure how many are affected by foetal alcohol spectrum disorders, but the effects are devastating.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:38:18 GMT

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Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:17:30 +0200

Wealth, Poverty Are Issues in Hong Kong Protests
  The pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are mainly about the right to vote without interference from China’s central government. That we know. But there are at least two other less talked-about issues. One is concern about the rising cost of living in Hong Kong. Another is the widening gap between the city’s rich and poor people -- or as some might say – the “haves and the have-nots.”   Many of the protesters believe political change is needed to deal with these issues....
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:00:55 +0000

US Supreme Court Allows Texas Voter ID Law
  The United States Supreme Court says the southwestern state of Texas can keep in place a new voting law. The law says voters must show identification documents before they are permitted to mark ballots. A lower court had ruled that the law could keep minorities from voting. The court released the ruling early Saturday. It was not signed by any of the nine justices. No reason was given for the ruling. The Supreme Court usually tells why it ruled. But in some cases it releases...
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:00:05 +0000

In US, Fear of Ebola Spreads Faster than Virus
  For Americans, Ebola started out as a disease in a far-away continent. But then a Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, died from Ebola at a hospital in Dallas, Texas. And two nurses caring for him became infected with the virus. This showed Americans that Ebola had come to the United States. One of the nurses was moved from Dallas to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Anthony Fauci is a top official with the NIH. “We fully intend to have this...
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:33:28 +0000

Who Will Be Brazil's Next President?
Brazilians will choose a president Sunday. Two candidates will be on the ballot -- Dilma Rousseff and Senator Aecio Neves. President Rousseff won the most votes in the first round of voting earlier this month. But she did not win a majority of votes, so a runoff election is required. Ms. Rousseff received almost 42 percent of the 112 million votes on October 5th. She received a majority of votes in 15 of Brazil’s 27 states. Mr. Neves received nearly 34 percent of the votes. He won...
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:30:16 +0000

Gunman Identified in Canadian Capital
Police in Canada have identified the suspected gunman in yesterday’s deadly attack in Ottawa as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. The 32-year-old man had a criminal record. He had recently converted to Islam. Canadian officials considered him a “high-risk” traveler. They had recently taken his passport from him to prevent him from leaving the country. Police shot and killed the suspect during the attack Wednesday at Ottawa’s Parliament Hill and National War Memorial. The gunman had killed a...
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:33:55 +0000


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