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Canada's PM says shooting rampage was terrorism

| |Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

A masked gunman killed a soldier standing guard at Canada's war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in an attack that was stopped cold when he was shot to death by the ceremonial sergeant-at-arms. Canada's prime minister called it the country's second terrorist attack in three days.

One American released from North Korea, two remain

| |Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have been tried and convicted of crimes in North Korea are still being held.

'Blade Runner' Pistorius gets 5 years in prison

| |Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, completing a transformation from an acclaimed sprinter at the 2012 Olympics to a convicted criminal led away in a police van with barred windows.

Oscar Pistorius to finally learn his sentence

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Oscar Pistorius will finally learn his fate Tuesday when a judge is expected to announce the Olympic runner's sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pope beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod's end

| |Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented.

It’s official: U.S. will build new Syrian rebel force to battle Islamic State

| |Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

John Allen, the retired Marine general in charge of coordinating the U.S.-led coalition’s response to the Islamic State, confirmed Wednesday what Syrian rebel commanders have complained about for months – that the United States is ditching the old Free Syrian Army and building its own local ground force to use primarily in the fight against the Islamist extremists.

Kurds hold their own against militants in Syria

| |Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Intensified U.S.-led airstrikes and a determined Kurdish military force on the ground appear to have had some success in halting advances by Islamic State fighters on a strategic Kurdish town near Syria's border with Turkey — at least for now.

Hong Kong police hold back from removing barriers

| |Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Police briefly scuffled with protesters camped out in Hong Kong's streets early Thursday, but held back from dismantling barricades erected by the activists pushing for greater democracy in the Chinese territory.

Syria-Iraq fight gets a name: 'Inherent Resolve'

| |Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

It's less punchy than previous nicknames for U.S. conflicts in the Middle East - remember Operation Desert Storm and its thunderous attacks against Saddam Hussein? - but the Pentagon has finally named its fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria: Operation Inherent Resolve.

Report: Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel targets

| |Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

In a sign of further turbulence for the U.S. led-coalition against the Islamic State group, Turkish warplanes have struck suspected Kurdish rebel positions in southeastern Turkey, media reports said Tuesday.