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Canada Parl gunman had planned to travel to Syria

OTTAWA: The gunman in Wednesday’s attack on Canada’s capital had a criminal record and recently applied for a passport, planning to travel to Syria after undergoing a ‘radicalization process,’ police said. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, was a Canadian who may also have held Libyan citizenship, said Bob Paulson, commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). He said the suspect had no apparent links to [Full Article...]

New York City doctor tests positive for Ebola

New York: A doctor who treated Ebola patients in Guinea and returned to the US last week has tested positive for the Ebola virus here, becoming New York city’s first diagnosed case. Craig Spencer, 33, is currently “hospitalized in isolation” at the Bellevue Hospital, one of eight New York State hospitals that Governor Andrew Cuomo has designated to treat Ebola patients. A specially trained [Full Article...]

Sweden calls off search for submarine

Stockholm: Swedish authorities say they have called off their weeklong search for a suspected submarine in the Stockholm archipelago. Military authorities said on Friday that they have ordered naval and amphibious forces to end their hunt for the submarine, though some ground forces will remain involved. Sweden’s military launched its biggest anti-submarine operation since the twilight of the Soviet Union last Friday after receiving [Full Article...]

Pope wants death, life terms to be abolished

Vatican City:  Pope Francis issued a call for all the countries to abolish capital punishment and also eliminate sentences for life imprisonment because “a lifetime in prison is a hidden death sentence”. At a Vatican meeting Thursday with representatives from International Association of Criminal Law, the Pope said that he finds it hard to believe that countries should not have any measures other than [Full Article...]

110 countries participate in Intl Slow Food Movement

110 countries participate in Intl Slow Food Movement   Torino: “Food is not a commodity. It is a living thing and we have to learn to respect food and especially those who produce it”, said Carlo Pettrini, father of the Slow Food Movement, to a rousing applause from the nearly five thousand strong audience gathered at the Pala Alpitour (Polaisozaki), Torino’s largest auditorium. Stressing on the need to make farmers a community [Full Article...]

Bilawal Bhutto throws down gauntlet to Nawaz Sharif

NAUDERO: The scion of Pakistan’s leading political dynasty, emerging from the shadow of his mother and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto seven years after she was assassinated, has vowed to resurrect her party’s flagging fortunes. In the first interview since his political “coming out” at a weekend gathering of hundreds of thousands of supporters, Oxford-educated Bilawal Bhutto Zardari told Reuters that he planned a [Full Article...]

Shootout near Canadian parliament, soldier dead

Ottawa: Parliament Hill in Canada’s capital Ottawa came under attack on Wednesday after a gunman shot dead a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial, before seizing a car and driving to the doors of Parliament Hill’s Centre Block nearby, a day after Canada sent an air fleet consisting of CF-18 Hornet fighters in support of the efforts to fight against the Islamic [Full Article...]

China says wants closer military ties with Iran

BEIJING: China wants to have closer military ties with Iran, the Chinese defence minister told the visiting head of the Iranian navy today, state media reported, reaffirming diplomatic links despite controversy over Iran’s nuclear plans. Chinese Defence 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 [Full Article...]