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Canada's Harper vows tighter security after Parliament attack

OTTAWA - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged to boost security forces' surveillance and detention powers on Thursday, a day after a gunman killed a soldier and raced through parliament before being shot dead. | Video

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Apple ponders sapphire options, leaves door open for GT

- Apple Inc said on Thursday it is studying options for sapphire supply and might work again with GT Advanced Technologies Inc if the distressed supplier can reduce production costs for the scratch-resistant material.

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U.N. rights watchdog calls for open elections in Hong Kong

GENEVA - The United Nations Human Rights Committee called on China on Thursday to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, stressing that included the right to stand for election as well as the right to vote.

World, United Nations, China 2:09pm EDT

GM posts higher-than-expected profit on strong North American demand

DETROIT - General Motors Co on Thursday reported a higher-than-expected profit in the third quarter on strong demand for its redesigned full-size pickup trucks in North America. | Video

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U.S.-led air strikes killed 521 fighters, 32 civilians in Syria: monitor

BEIRUT - Air strikes by U.S.-led forces have killed 521 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria, a monitoring group which tracks the violence said on Thursday.

World, United Nations, Syria 12:55pm EDT
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Economic bounce, tough campaign point to Rousseff win in Brazil

MATEUS LEME Brazil - President Dilma Rousseff looks positioned to narrowly win a second term on Sunday thanks to a slight rebound in the economy and her success in portraying her rival as an elitist who would take Brazil back to a more heartless era.