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Canada gunman wanted a passport to go to Mideast
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- He was a recent convert to Islam and a petty criminal with a long rap sheet, including a string of drug offenses. In recent weeks, he had been staying in a homeless shelter, where he talked about wanting to go to Libya to get away from drugs but griped that he couldn't get a passport.... 10/23/2014 8:16 PM

Canadian police: no link between soldier attacks
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Canadian police say they have found no connection between the two attacks on soldiers this week.... 10/23/2014 8:09 PM

Coalition airstrikes in Syria killed over 500
MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) -- U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Syria have killed more than 500 people since they began last month, mainly Islamic militants, activists said Thursday, as fighting flared yet again in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani.... 10/23/2014 8:00 PM

Canada remembers soldier killed in attack
TORONTO (AP) -- Canadians mourned the army reservist killed in a terrorist attack on Parliament Hill, with friends remembering Cpl. Nathan Cirillo as a devoted father so ready to make people smile that he was once known as the class clown.... 10/23/2014 7:56 PM

AP Interview: Libya FM wants Tripoli negotiations
CAIRO (AP) -- Libya's newly appointed foreign minister said Thursday that he hopes to see a negotiated solution to the standoff in the capital, Tripoli, where Islamist-allied militias have taken over the city and forced out the elected lawmakers.... 10/23/2014 7:53 PM

Ex-Mountie hero of shooting at Canada's Parliament
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- The standing ovation began even before Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers entered the Parliament chamber in his black robe, carrying the golden ceremonial mace on his right shoulder.... 10/23/2014 7:51 PM

Cremation fears leave empty Ebola beds in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Even as Liberians fall ill and die of Ebola, more than half the beds in treatment centers in the capital remain empty because of the government's order that the bodies of all suspected Ebola victims in Monrovia be cremated.... 10/23/2014 7:39 PM

New mass grave evidence at Mladic trial
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- U.N. judges have ruled prosecutors may present evidence from a recently discovered mass grave against former Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic - a decision that will further delay a verdict at his war crimes trial.... 10/23/2014 6:45 PM

Officials from Albania, Kosovo visit rival Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Kosovo's foreign minister traveled to Serbia on Thursday for the first time since Kosovo declared independence in 2008, describing the visit as a historic event.... 10/23/2014 6:38 PM

Berlusconi: Let's legalize gay civil unions
ROME (AP) -- Silvio Berlusconi is pushing for the legalization of civil unions between gays in Italy, but not same-sex marriage.... 10/23/2014 6:38 PM

Lebanon says it won't accept more Syrian refugees
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon announced on Thursday it will not accept any more refugees from neighboring war-torn Syria, except in what authorities deem to be "exceptional" cases - a move that could prevent tens of thousands of Syrians from escaping the civil war.... 10/23/2014 6:25 PM

Argentina issues $1 billion, 2-year bond
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina began offering a new two-year sovereign bond for $1 billion on Thursday, at a time when the government is desperately looking for fresh sources of financing.... 10/23/2014 6:04 PM

AP Interview: Jerusalem mayor vows to calm city
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Jerusalem's mayor on Thursday called for a crackdown against a wave of Palestinian unrest, as police beefed up security after a Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded light rail train station and killed a baby girl.... 10/23/2014 5:46 PM

EU leaders produce more Ebola funding at summit
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union on Thursday came up with another 24.4 million euros ($31 million) to fight Ebola, as the bloc's leaders pressed to create a 1 billion-euro ($1.26 billion) fund to fight the deadly virus.... 10/23/2014 5:34 PM

For teen with passport, Syria trip can be seamless
PARIS (AP) -- The teenage sisters told their father they were staying home sick from their suburban Denver school. Instead, they took $2,000 and their passports and headed off for Syria with a 16-year-old friend. They made it as far as Germany before border guards detained them for questioning.... 10/23/2014 5:31 PM

Cyprus president hospitalized in Brussels
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- The president of Cyprus was admitted to a hospital in Brussels on Thursday and unable to attend a European Union summit there.... 10/23/2014 5:11 PM

Royal Protection officer arrested in ammo probe
LONDON (AP) -- British police say an officer assigned to the royal protection unit has been arrested after ammunition was found in personal lockers on the grounds of Buckingham Palace.... 10/23/2014 5:02 PM

After alarm, Lebanese man tests negative for Ebola
BEIRUT (AP) -- A Lebanese man who arrived in Beirut from West Africa believing he may have Ebola was reassured by doctors that he is disease free but was still taken into a hospital quarantine on Thursday as a practice run to check the country's preparedness, a health official said.... 10/23/2014 5:01 PM

Report: Total CEO's plane almost escaped crash
MOSCOW (AP) -- The plane carrying a top French oil executive and a crew of three was already in the air when it grazed a snowplow, just failing to avoid the fatal crash, Russian crash investigators said Thursday.... 10/23/2014 5:01 PM

Nokia turnaround since handset unit sale continues
HELSINKI (AP) -- Nokia is showing signs that it has turned around its fortunes following the sale of its ailing cellphone unit to Microsoft.... 10/23/2014 4:35 PM