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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 9:35 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, an unintended consequence of the government's order that the bodies of all suspected Ebola victims in Monrovia be cremated.... 10/23/2014 9:28 PM

1 killed, 11 injured in German gas pipe explosion
BERLIN (AP) -- Authorities say one person was killed and 11 were injured in an explosion after a gas pipe was damaged during construction work in a western German city.... 10/23/2014 9:15 PM

Canada gunman wanted a passport to go to Mideast
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- He seemed lost, "didn't fit in," and went more than five years without seeing his mother. 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 9:09 PM

Poll: Rousseff takes lead in Brazil president race
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has pulled ahead of her rival and taken a six-point lead just days before Sunday's presidential vote, according to a poll released Thursday.... 10/23/2014 8:26 PM

NK experts: US must apologize to free detainees
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- The United States government must make a formal apology to secure the freedom of two Americans who remain imprisoned in North Korea after the release this week of Jeffrey Fowle, North Korean legal experts said Thursday.... 10/23/2014 8:22 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 8:21 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

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