Kiev (AFP) - The last major poll published Wednesday ahead of
Ukraine's parliamentary election showed President Petro
Poroshenko's party seizing up to a third of seats but reliant on
help from nationalist parties to form a ruling coalition.
BOIS-GRENIER, France (AP) — Eleven British casualties of World
War I who got a name and family history through cutting-edge DNA
research have been officially reburied with some of their
descendants in attendance.
BERLIN/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
welcomed the release of one of three Americans held in North Korea
and said Washington is willing to resume talks with Pyongyang if it
takes steps towards de-nuclearization. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was
arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in the North
Korean city of Chongjin. He was freed on Tuesday and flown from
Pyongyang on a U.S. government plane, without, Kerry said, any quid
pro quo. ...
By Saif Hameed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Coalition air strikes killed
around 25 Islamic State fighters on Wednesday near the northern
Iraqi city of Baiji, residents told Reuters. They said a series of
bombings beginning in the early hours hit the town of al-Siniya,
west of Baiji, a strategic city adjacent to the country's largest
refinery, part of a multinational effort to check the group's
progress. Iraqi army tanks and armored vehicles on Wednesday also
fought off an advance by Islamic State militants on the town of
Amiriya Fallujah, west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, army sources
ARBIL Iraq (Reuters) - Lawmakers in Iraq's Kurdistan region
said on Wednesday they voted in favor of sending Kurdish forces to
the besieged Syrian town of Kobani via Turkey. Kurdistan President
Masoud Barzani sent a letter to parliament late on Tuesday seeking
approval to deploy the region's peshmerga forces abroad to fight
alongside Syrian Kurds. Kobani, a predominantly Kurdish town on the
border with Turkey, has been under sustained attack for weeks from
better-armed Islamic State militants who have overrun vast swathes
of Iraq and Syria. ...
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Why did North Korea free
Jeffrey Fowle, and only him, when two other Americans remain in
prison there? Probably because Pyongyang considered him the most
minor of the three offenders, and may believe that releasing him
could improve abysmal U.S. relations and even temper growing
international criticism of its human-rights record. Fowle was not
accused of espionage or "hostile acts," as the other Americans
were. The 56-year-old was detained for six months for leaving a
Bible in a nightclub in the city of Chongjin, where he was visiting
with a foreign tour group.
OTTAWA (Reuters) - A gunman who shot a Canadian soldier in
Ottawa was chased by police into the center block of parliament,
and 30 more shots were fired inside the building, an eyewitness
told Reuters on Wednesday. Parliament was locked down and Prime
Minister Stephen Harper left the building safely as police
converged on the area. (Reporting by Andrea Hopkins; Editing by
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU leaders will urge Russia at a summit
this week to do more to stabilize Ukraine, according to a draft
statement seen by Reuters, but diplomats expect no change in
sanctions on Moscow in the near future. The leaders' call comes
days before Ukraine holds parliamentary elections on Oct. 26 in a
vote that is to bring pro-Western and strongly nationalist
lawmakers to office, something Moscow is unlikely to welcome.
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. ...
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court on Wednesday accepted a German
pharmaceutical company's appeal against a ruling that had ordered
it to pay compensation to 22 Spaniards who blame their disabilities
on the drug thalidomide.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government investigation Wednesday
criticized a bizarre Secret Service assignment that pulled agents
from their duty near the White House and sent them to the rural
Maryland home of a headquarters employee embroiled in a personal
dispute with a neighbor.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A gunman shot a Canadian soldier
standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday,
police said. Witnesses said the gunman entered Parliament and shots
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's prime minister has told The
Associated Press that the heated spat with Serbia over the use of a
drone at a soccer match should not derail both countries' efforts
to seek European Union membership.
SANAA (Reuters) - Sunni Al Qaeda militants and Shi'ite Muslim
rebels have fought a bloody battle in central Yemen, tribal sources
said on Wednesday, amid fears of worsening sectarian tension in the
impoverished Arabian country. Thirty Shi'ite rebels and 18 Sunni
fighters and their tribal allies were killed in the clashes, the
tribal sources told Reuters. Shi'ite Houthi rebels seized control
of the capital Sanaa on Sept. 21 and their forces have fanned out
to Yemen's west and center since then. ...
By Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - A
Canadian soldier was shot at the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa
and a shooter was seen running towards the nearby parliament
buildings, where more shots were fired, according to media and
eyewitness reports on Wednesday. The buildings were put on lockdown
as police and tactical teams converged on the area. The wounded
soldier was taken into an ambulance where medical personnel could
be seen giving him cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. ...
HONG KONG (AP) — On one side of the table sat the idealistic
and earnest students in jeans and black T-shirts, knapsacks by
their sides. Facing them was the lineup of seasoned government
officials in formal suits.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A TV news cameraman treated for Ebola was
ready to go home Wednesday, the fifth patient transported from West
Africa to recover at a U.S. hospital, as President Barack Obama
brought together top aides and his new Ebola "czar" to coordinate a
national response to the deadly disease.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Attackers from the Egyptian side of the border
fired an anti-tank missile and gunshots at an Israeli military
vehicle on Wednesday, wounding two soldiers in a rare cross-border
incident, the military said.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Younis Khan proved the
selectors were wrong to drop him from Pakistan's limited-overs team
by hitting a sedate 25th test century on Wednesday as Pakistan
reached 219-4 on the opening day of the first test against
MOSCOW (AP) — The driver of the snowplow that apparently caused
the plane carrying the Total CEO to crash at a Moscow airport says
he neither saw nor heard the private jet as it sped toward him down
the runway in the dark.