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Canada's parliament attacked near where PM Harper was speaking

OTTAWA - Canada's capital was jolted on Wednesday by the fatal shooting of a soldier and an attack on the parliament building in which gunshots were fired outside a room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking. | Video

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Central African Republic to create rapid intervention unit, reform army

BANGUI - Central African Republic plans to create a rapid intervention unit to help rebuild its army and stamp out persistent inter-religious clashes, the country's interim leader said.

United Nations, Africa 2:54pm EDT

At least three drugs smugglers killed in attack along Egypt border: Israel

JERUSALEM - At least three attackers in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, probably drugs smugglers, were killed after they opened fire on Israeli soldiers across the border on Wednesday and wounded two, the Israeli military said. | Video

Egypt, Israel 3:29pm EDT

Saudi Arabia jails al Qaeda suspects over plot to hit U.S. forces

DUBAI - A Saudi court has sentenced 17 people, four of them women, to prison terms of up to 30 years in two separate cases, one of which involving an al Qaeda plot to attack U.S. soldiers in Qatar and Kuwait, the state news agency SPA said.

Afghanistan 4:08pm 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.

Yemen, United Nations 1:05pm EDT

Nigeria talks with Boko Haram but no sign of girls' release

N'DJAMENA/MAIDUGURI - Nearly a week after Nigeria announced a ceasefire deal with Boko Haram, which it said would include the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist group, there is still no sign of the girls being freed.

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