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Air strikes kill around 25 Islamic State fighters in Iraq: residents


BAGHDAD - Coalition air strikes killed around 25 Islamic State fighters on Wednesday near the northern Iraqi city of Baiji, residents told Reuters.

World, Iraq 11:04am EDT

Soldier shot; gunman enters Canadian parliament, many shots fired


OTTAWA - A gunman shot a soldier at the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa and was then chased by police into the main parliament building, where at least 30 more shots were fired, according to media and eyewitness reports on Wednesday.

11:21am EDT

Kerry welcomes North Korea's release of American, restates terms for resuming talks


BERLIN/SEOUL - 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.

U.S., North Korea, World 11:06am EDT

EU to call on Russia to help stabilize Ukraine: statement


BRUSSELS - 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.

World, Russia, United Nations 11:01am EDT

Al-Qaeda kills 30 Shi'ite rebels in central Yemen: tribal sources


SANAA - 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.

World, Yemen 10:50am EDT

Iran president denounces bill to empower Islamic vigilantes


DUBAI - 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.

World, Davos 10:56am EDT

Farce, defense cuts highlight hard task in Sweden submarine hunt


STOCKHOLM - With a depleted military lacking anti-submarine helicopters and intelligence so far based on civilian sightings, Sweden's hunt for a supposed U-boat intruder has an element of farce pointing to the difficulty of wrapping up the mission successfully.

10:18am EDT

Indonesian cabinet delayed after anti-graft body blocks candidates


JAKARTA - Indonesian President Joko Widodo failed to finalize his cabinet on Wednesday after the country's anti-corruption agency rejected eight candidates, underlining the challenge he faces in fulfilling election promises of a government free from graft.

World, Indonesia 11:10am EDT

Brazil's Rousseff pulls ahead of Neves as election nears


BRASILIA - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff pulled ahead of opposition candidate Aecio Neves in another poll on Wednesday and looks like a slight favorite heading into what is expected to be the country's tightest election in decades.

World, Brazil 10:23am EDT

Catalans: independence drive will intensify unless Madrid negotiates


LONDON - After scuppering a referendum, Spain risks intensifying Catalonia's push for independence unless it negotiates over transferring more powers, the region's economy minister said.

World, Spain 9:52am EDT

Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.