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Canadians seek to understand Parliament shooting
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Authorities and ordinary Canadians sifted through confounding shards of a gunman's life seeking to understand what motivated the man to storm the nation's seat of power.... 10/24/2014 1:37 PM

US to compensate Philippines for coral reef damage
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The United States will pay the Philippines 87 million pesos ($1.9 million) for damage caused by a U.S. Navy minesweeper that ran aground on a protected coral reef last year, an official said Friday.... 10/24/2014 1:29 PM

China's president pledges $81 million in Ebola aid
BEIJING (AP) -- China's president on Friday pledged to provide $81 million in aid to help fight Ebola in the three West African countries at the heart of the crisis.... 10/24/2014 1:28 PM

Momentum builds in Rwanda to ban BBC
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- The Rwandan government has expressed its anger over a BBC documentary on the country's 1994 genocide and there have been calls in parliament and by genocide survivors to suspend the global media outlet from Rwanda.... 10/24/2014 1:24 PM

Suicide bomber targets Egyptian army post, kills 5
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Egyptian security officials say a suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into an army checkpoint in restive Sinai, close to the borders with the Gaza Strip and Israel, killing five soldiers and wounding 16.... 10/24/2014 1:21 PM

Pakistan detects more polio cases on awareness day
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- The World Health Organization said Friday that three more polio cases have surfaced in Pakistan, bringing the number of new cases to 220, a record figure that authorities blame on attacks by insurgents targeting vaccination teams.... 10/24/2014 1:20 PM

UK rejects 'appalling' EU demand for more money
BRUSSELS (AP) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron insisted Friday he would not pay a European Union bill for an additional 2.1 billion euro ($2.65 billion) contribution to the EU coffers at a time of increasing pressure at home for the country to leave the bloc.... 10/24/2014 1:19 PM

Queen sends first tweet, signed 'Elizabeth R'
LONDON (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet - and she's signed it "Elizabeth R."... 10/24/2014 1:17 PM

Hong Kong protesters to vote on staying in streets
HONG KONG (AP) -- Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong plan to hold a spot referendum Sunday on whether to stay in the streets or accept government offers for more talks and clear their protest camps.... 10/24/2014 1:13 PM

Pat Robertson comment on AIDS angers Kenyans
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenyans are expressing anger and shock on social media and radio stations over comments made by popular American evangelist Pat Robertson in a recent TV broadcast in which he warned that towels in Kenya could transmit AIDS.... 10/24/2014 1:10 PM

WHO: 5 more Ebola vaccines to be tested in March
LONDON (AP) -- The World Health Organization says millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines will start being tested in March.... 10/24/2014 1:06 PM

Putin accuses US of undermining global stability
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the U.S. of destabilizing the world by trying to enforce its will on other countries.... 10/24/2014 1:05 PM

Aid group: Ebola contagion risk can't be zero
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- Despite stringent infection-control measures, the risk of Ebola's spread cannot be entirely eliminated, Doctors Without Borders said Friday after one of its doctors caught the dreaded disease while working in Guinea and went to New York City.... 10/24/2014 1:04 PM

Australia says missing plane hunt will take months
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in a remote patch of the Indian Ocean is progressing well but will likely take many months because of the huge area involved, an Australian official said Friday.... 10/24/2014 1:03 PM

Botswana votes as president seeks second term
GABORONE, Botswana (AP) -- People in Botswana voted Friday in schools, churches and military tents in an election in which the ruling party faces growing opposition to its decades-old dominance in the southern African nation.... 10/24/2014 1:02 PM

French journalists jailed in Indonesia's Papua
JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) -- Two French television journalists were sentenced to two and a half months in jail Friday for illegal reporting in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua.... 10/24/2014 1:01 PM

Iraqi officials say IS militants used chlorine gas
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Islamic State militants used chlorine gas during fighting with security forces and Shiite militiamen last month north of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said on Friday.... 10/24/2014 12:59 PM

Ukraine's key election fails to spark enthusiasm
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Gazing across the Maidan square, Evelina Martirosyan recalls how euphoric she was as she joined protests that changed Ukraine's history. Since the revolution this year that toppled a despised president, her dreams of a better future have been blunted by war and near economic collapse.... 10/24/2014 12:45 PM

UEFA punishes Serbia, Albania for stadium disorder
LONDON (AP) -- Serbia received tougher sanctions than Albania when UEFA punished the Balkan rivals on Friday for the on-field violence sparked by a banner being flown by a drone over the stadium.... 10/24/2014 12:43 PM

Smugglers offer $20 passage from Turkey to Syria
ONCUPINAR, Turkey (AP) -- The Turkish border crossing of Oncupinar, an hour's drive from the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, is a chaotic buzz of people waiting to pass into one of the most violent regions in the world. Border guards stand by with machine guns to prevent Islamic militants from joining the flow, but within their sight smugglers offer to take travelers across for a surprisingly small fee.... 10/24/2014 12:33 PM