World News | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=505 World News 2014-10-22T06:01:30Z World News Canada's parliament attacked near where prime minister was speaking, Harper safe 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 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. ... NATO, Swedish fighters scrambled to intercept Russian plane BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO and Swedish fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a Russian intelligence-gathering plane that briefly entered Estonian airspace on Tuesday, the alliance said on Wednesday. The Estonian Foreign Ministry called the Russian ambassador to the ministry and gave him a protest note over the incursion, the Estonian defense forces said. Fighters from Denmark as well as Portuguese F-16s from NATO's air policing mission in the Baltics took off after radar detected an unidentified aircraft flying close to NATO airspace in the Baltic Sea, NATO said. ... Brazil candidates battle for key prize: Their hometown By Brian Winter BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - The two candidates in Brazil's presidential election runoff on Sunday grew up just seven blocks apart, attending the same elite tennis club, watching movies at the same theater and strolling through the same leafy plazas during the 1960s. They cheered for rival soccer teams, though, and eventually went down very different political paths. Dilma Rousseff joined a Marxist group that opposed that era's military dictatorship, while Aecio Neves embraced the more conservative ethos of his grandfather, a legend in Brazilian politics. ... Nigeria talks with Boko Haram but no sign of girls' release By Emma Farge and Lanre Ola N'DJAMENA/MAIDUGURI (Reuters) - Nearly a week after Nigeria announced a ceasefire deal with Boko Haram, which it said would include the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist group, there is still no sign of the girls being freed. Talks took place this week between the government and the Islamist militant group in the Chadian capital, but they are shrouded in secrecy. A series of attacks blamed on Boko Haram fighters since the announcement, meanwhile, has raised doubts over government claims of a truce. ... Al-Qaeda kills 30 Shi'ite rebels in central Yemen: tribal sources 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. ... Albania PM seeks to ease tensions with Serbia TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's prime minister said Wednesday that his nation and Serbia must try to end decades of hostility toward one another by focusing on major issues such as their mutual desire to join the European Union, not last week's dispute over a soccer match. Ferrer beats Seppi to advance at Valencia Open VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Top-seeded David Ferrer powered his way past Andreas Seppi 6-3, 7-5 to reach the second round of the Valencia Open on Wednesday. Appeal sought in Puerto Rico gay marriage case SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal court judge has rejected an attempt to end a ban on same-sex marriages in Puerto Rico, saying political order itself depends on traditional marriage and deriding the logic of courts that have overturned such bans. The five gay couples who filed the suit will appeal, their attorney said Wednesday. Tourists watch solar alignment in Egypt temple ABU SIMBEL, Egypt (AP) — Hundreds of visitors have gathered at the Great Temple of Ramses II in Egypt to watch the sun illuminate colossal statues, a rare 3,200-year-old astronomical ceremony that happens twice a year. Canada parliament attacks: Live Report Ottawa (AFP) - 18:43 GMT - Pictures? - Authories ask the public to send in any pictures of videos of the suspect via email to NatDiv_Media_DivNat@rcmp-grc.gc.ca Iraqis return to school after delay from unrest 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 PM in parliament at time of shooting: lawmaker Ottawa (AFP) - Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper was meeting with lawmakers in Parliament at the moment when a gunman opened fire in the building Wednesday, a senator who attended the meeting said. Canada soldier, gunman dead in Ottawa parliament attack 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. Top Asian News at 6:30 p.m. GMT 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. Israel says no plan to allow Jews to pray at Al-Aqsa Jerusalem (AFP) - Israel on Wednesday reassured Jordan that it would not allow Jewish prayer at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, after reports of a possible change raised concerns in the Arab world. Dozens released Ebola-free from Sierra Leone site FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Dozens of Ebola survivors have been discharged from a treatment center near Sierra Leone's capital and told they were virus-free, as police and residents clashed in other areas of the West African country. 2 dead in shooting attack at Canada's Parliament OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country's capital was shot to death Wednesday, and gunfire then erupted inside Parliament, authorities said. One gunman was killed, and police said they were searching for as many as two others. Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings 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. Lagos 'Ebola hospital' faces battle to recover Lagos (AFP) - Nigeria may have been declared officially Ebola-free but at the First Consultants Hospital in Lagos, doctors believe it'll take the facility that treated the first victim years to recover. Ottawa police say male suspect in attack and soldier are dead OTTAWA (Reuters) - A man suspected of launching an armed attack in Ottawa has died, local police said on Wednesday and confirmed that a male soldier shot at the National War Memorial had also died. "One shooting victim succumbed to injuries ... one male suspect has also been confirmed deceased," the Ottawa Police Service said in a statement. It did not say where the suspect had died. A gunman shot and fatally wounded the soldier at the National War Memorial in central Ottawa, and then entered the country's parliament buildings, which remain in lockdown. ... Canada soldier, gunman dead in Ottawa: police Ottawa (AFP) - A Canadian soldier was fatally shot Wednesday near parliament in the capital Ottawa, and his suspected attacker is also dead, police said. North Korean detainee reunites with family in US WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (AP) — An American arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea for leaving a Bible at a nightclub returned home on Wednesday to tears of joy and hugs from his wife and surprised children. Australian finishes marathon swim in Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Dehydrated and exhausted, Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel successfully completed a 78-mile (126-kilometer) swim Wednesday between two islands in the Bahamas. President's party leads in final polls before Ukraine vote Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko's party on Wednesday led the final polls before Sunday's parliamentary vote held as the country faced an unresolved Russian gas dispute and raging hostilities in the east. IOC gives provisional recognition to Kosovo LONDON (AP) — The IOC has granted provisional recognition to Kosovo, clearing the way for the former Serbian province to send an independent team to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. British government wants an NFL team in London LONDON (AP) — The British government wants an NFL team based in London. U.S. offers assistance to Canada in wake of Ottawa shootings WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States offered assistance to Canada on Wednesday in the wake of shootings at the Canadian parliament building in Ottawa, the White House said. Spokesman Josh Earnest said President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke by phone to discuss the incident. He said Americans' thoughts and prayers are with the Canadian people and emphasized the strength of U.S.-Canadian relations. Earnest told reporters that U.S. officials, including from the White House, have been in touch with Canadian counterparts to offer U.S. assistance. He said U.S. ... Canada PM talking to lawmakers when attack happened 'outside door' OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was addressing a meeting of legislators from his Conservative party in parliament on Wednesday when an armed man burst into the building and ran right by the door of the room, a cabinet minister told Reuters. "PM was addressing caucus, then a huge boom, followed by rat-a-tat shots. We all scattered. It was clearly right outside our caucus door," Treasury Board Minister Tony Clement said. Eyewitnesses say police chased the man in the building and say at least 30 shots were fired. ... Lebanon: Cypriot training plane missing BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese airport officials say a single-engine Cessna training plane has gone missing en route to Beirut from Cyprus. Sweden pulls back ships as 'foreign sub' hunt draws blank Stockholm (AFP) - Sweden said Wednesday it was pulling back part of its navy which has been searching for a suspected Russian submarine off the coast of Stockholm for nearly a week with no vessel found. Palestinian kills baby at Jerusalem station JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a three-month-old baby girl and wounding eight people in what police called a terror attack. Driver in Jerusalem attack a Hamas member: Israel Jerusalem (AFP) - A Palestinian who ran over a group of pedestrians in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a baby, was a member of Hamas, a spokesman for the Israeli prime minister's office said. WHO: Ebola responsible for 4,877 deaths LONDON (AP) — Ebola is now believed to have killed 4,877 people globally and that the spread of the lethal virus remains "persistent and widespread" in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. London Olympic Stadium cost soars ahead of Hammers move London (AFP) - The cost of fitting out the London Olympic Stadium ahead of Premier League football club West Ham's move to the venue will rise by £35.9 million ($57.7 million, 45.6 million euros), it was revealed Wednesday. Ottawa hospital says it treated 3 shooting victims OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A hospital says it has received three victims from the shootings in Canada's capital. Platini mulls allowing only women, kids at games LONDON (AP) — UEFA President Michel Platini is mulling whether to allow only women and children into matches rather than completely closing stadiums as punishment for supporters' racist abuse. Saudi convicts 27 for plotting attack on US forces 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. 3rd spacewalk in 3 weeks at space station CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts doubled as trash men Wednesday, heaving an old science experiment and two antennas overboard at the International Space Station. WRHL 2014-10-22T23:01:30Z http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=505