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Canada's Harper pledges tougher security laws after attack

OTTAWA - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged more surveillance and detention powers for security forces in Canada on Thursday after a gunman killed a soldier and rampaged through parliament before being shot dead. | Video

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Turkey's U.S. relations show strain as Washington's patience wears thin

ANKARA - The U.S. decision to air-drop weapons to Kurdish forces in Syria on the same day Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan dismissed them as terrorists is the latest false note in the increasingly discordant mood music coming out of Washington and Ankara.

Syria 12:11pm EDT

Eight Pakistani Shi'ites killed in sectarian attack

QUETTA Pakistan - Eight Shi'ite members of Pakistan's ethnic Hazara minority were killed and one wounded on Thursday, after gunmen opened fire on a bus in the volatile province of Baluchistan, police said.

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Don't prejudge Egypt's new draft NGO law, says minister

CAIRO - Egypt's minister of social solidarity has urged civil society groups not to prejudge a new draft law for non-government organizations (NGOs), which they fear will roll back freedoms won in the 2011 uprising and could threaten their existence.

United Nations, Egypt 11:40am EDT

Tunisian policeman killed in pre-election clash with militants

OUED ELLIL Tunisia - A Tunisian policeman was killed and another wounded on Thursday when security forces clashed with Islamist militants on the outskirts of Tunis, three days before parliamentary elections which voters hope will help them advance towards full democracy.

Tunisia 11:45am EDT

Ukrainian PM warns Russia may try to disrupt Sunday's election

KIEV - Ukraine's prime minister warned on Thursday of possible attempts by Russia to disrupt an election in Ukraine at the weekend, a vote being held against a background of Russian support for separatist rebels and an unresolved row over gas.

Russia 12:33pm EDT

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