Canada pledges tougher security laws after shooting

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged more surveillance and detention powers for security forces in Canada after a gunman rampaged through parliament before being killed.  Video | Full Article 

Industrials lead sharp jump on Wall Street 2:07pm EDT

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks soared on Thursday, with major indexes up more than 1.5 percent in a broad rally, as strong results from industrial bellwethers reassured investors that corporations continue to fare well despite concerns about global economic growth.

A destroyed T-72 tank, which presumably came from Russia, is seen on a battlefield near separatist-controlled Starobesheve, eastern Ukraine, October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova

Charred tanks in Ukraine point to Russia

HORBATENKO, Ukraine - The burnt-out remains of dozens of tanks and armored vehicles near this small village bear witness to the ferocity of a battle that turned the tide of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.  Full Article 

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference in Riga October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Turkey, U.S. relations show strain

ANKARA - The U.S. decision to air-drop weapons to Kurdish forces in Syria the same day the Turkish president dismissed them as terrorists is the latest disconnect between Washington and Ankara.  Full Article 

A gust of wind blows Pope Francis' mantle as he leaves at the end of his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican October 22, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

What bishops did -- and didn't do -- for LGBT

The interest generated by the Synod of Bishops on the Family, the two-week meeting of bishops, priests and lay people that concluded last weekend at the Vatican, was drawn by ideas like "Welcoming Homosexual Persons."  Commentary 

Republican candidate for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner celebrates after winning the nomination in the Illinois Primary in Chicago, March 18, 2014.   REUTERS/Jim Young

Gagged by candidate, says Chicago reporter

CHICAGO - A veteran Illinois political reporter quit his job at the Chicago Sun-Times and accused the newspaper of bowing to pressure from Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner by removing him from the campaign beat.  Full Article 

A girl sits on a bed frame after her family's shack was demolished in the shanty town settlement of "El Gallinero," in the outskirts of Madrid, April 9, 2014. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Madrid's vanishing Roma camp

Several hundred Roma live in a shanty town settlement that Madrid wants removed. Some homes have been torn down under the orders of the town planning board, which considers them to be illegal dwellings.  Slideshow 

“We will not run scared”: Canada’s Harper

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledges to bolster laws and police powers in the wake of yesterday's fatal shooting in Ottawa. Jillian Kitchener reports.