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.  Full Article | Video 

Industrials lead sharp jump on Wall Street 1:07pm EDT

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks surged on Thursday, with major indexes up more than 1 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.

Residents drive across a street with a fluttering Islamic State flag, in Tel Abyad town on the Syrian-Turkish border, Raqqa countryside September 24, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

ISIS brings 'peace' to Turkish town: residents

AKCAKALE Turkey - Life got easier in this southeastern Turkish town since Islamic State took charge over the border in Tel Abyad. Residents say they make better neighbors than the Free Syria Army.  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 

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Breakingviews: Lazard shoots on target

Rob Cox and Antony Currie discuss how the booming M&A market is helping the Wall Street firm hit CEO Ken Jacobs' earnings goal – and how both shareholders and bankers should benefit.