Senator blasts CIA for censoring 'torture' report
22 Oct 2014 | 7:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ron Wyden says the CIA is trying to blunt the impact of an upcoming Senate report examining the harsh treatment of al-Qaida detainees by insisting on censoring the pseudonyms used for agency officers mentioned in the document.
2 dead in shooting attack at Canada's Parliament
22 Oct 2014 | 7:27 pm
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A gunman with a scarf over his face killed a soldier standing guard at Canada's war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in an attack that rocked the building with the boom of gunfire and forced lawmakers to barricade themselves in meeting rooms. The gunman was shot to death by the ceremonial sergeant-at-arms.
US girls stopped in Germany, suspected of trying to join IS
22 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
Washington (AFP) - Three teenage American girls who were suspected of wanting to join Islamic State jihadists were sent home after they were intercepted in Germany, US media reports and officials said Wednesday.
Canada's parliament attacked near where prime minister was speaking, Harper safe
22 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
By Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - At least one gunman entered Canada's parliament buildings on Wednesday and many shots were fired just outside the room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was addressing a meeting of legislators. Harper was safely removed from the building but parliament was locked down. Eyewitnesses said at least 30 shots were fired in dramatic scenes in the heart of the Canadian capital. "PM (Harper) was addressing caucus, then a huge boom, followed by rat-a-tat shots. We all scattered. ...
Iraqi Kurds approve sending fighters to aid Syrian town
22 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
By Isabel Coles and Dasha Afanasieva ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers approved a plan on Wednesday to send fighters to the Syrian town of Kobani to relieve fellow Kurds under attack by Islamic State militants, marking the semi-autonomous region's first military foray into Syria's war. Kobani lies on the border with Turkey and Islamic State fighters keen to consolidate territorial gains in northern Syria have pressed an offensive against the town even as U.S.-led forces started bombing their positions. ...
Iraqis return to school after delay from unrest
22 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi students returned to school on Wednesday amid tightened security as the academic year began a month late because thousands of people displaced by last summer's onslaught by the Islamic State group had taken shelter in school buildings.
Canada soldier, gunman dead in Ottawa parliament attack
22 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
Ottawa (AFP) - Gunfire echoed through the Gothic halls of the Canadian parliament Wednesday as police shot dead a gunman who had killed a soldier guarding a nearby war memorial before storming the building.
Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings
22 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong.
A Republican Senate means changing the chairmen
22 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — If Republicans win the Senate, the Pentagon should brace for constant grilling from Sen. John McCain, who has found fault with nearly every aspect of President Barack Obama's national security policies.
Saudi convicts 27 for plotting attack on US forces
22 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced 27 people to prison for planning a series of attacks against U.S. forces in Qatar and Kuwait, with more than half of the defendants charged on Wednesday with also trying to join forces with a group in Syria to smuggle fighters to Iraq, official media reports said.
Iranians protest acid attacks in central city
22 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians rallied on Wednesday in the central city of Isfahan and the capital, Tehran, to protest a string of acid attacks on women in Isfahan in recent months, the latest public outcry over the assaults that have shocked the nation.
Hundreds protest against Iran acid attacks
22 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
Iran president denounces bill to empower Islamic vigilantes
22 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
By Mehrdad Balali DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani came out on Wednesday against a parliamentary bill to empower vigilantes who enforce Islamic morals, strongly re-asserting a moderate agenda that had taken a back seat since his election last year. The law, proposed by conservative lawmakers who dominate parliament, would provide legal protection to citizens who take it on themselves to enforce the Islamic dress code and other behavior prescribed under Iran's sharia law. ...
British American Tobacco sales slump
22 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
Iran's Khamenei says oil reliance putting country at mercy of big powers
22 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's dependence on oil revenue is putting the Islamic Republic's economy at the mercy of major powers, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday. With oil losing a quarter of its value since June, President Hassan Rouhani's administration has been scrambling for alternative sources of income. Iran's budget is based on oil priced at around $100 a barrel while Brent crude is currently below $87. Hitting prices is abundant supply as well as concern that slowing economic growth in Europe and China will soften demand. ...
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