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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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Cash aid for refugees succeeds despite donors' doubts

BEIRUT - For decades, aid groups have assumed they know what's best for refugees and the poor; a growing body of evidence suggests they're wrong.

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Suspected Boko Haram fighters kidnap 25 girls in northeast Nigeria

YOLA/ABUJA - Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses said, despite talks on freeing over 200 other female hostages they seized in April.

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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.

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Pistorius shoves race, crime and punishment in South Africa's face

PRETORIA - As Oscar Pistorius spent his first day behind bars this week, a suspected child rapist and murderer went on trial at the same Pretoria court in a case that has also provoked fierce debate about crime and punishment in post-apartheid South Africa.

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Russian prosecutors detain more suspects in Total CEO plane crash

MOSCOW - Russian prosecutors detained four Moscow airport workers and denied bail to the driver of a snow plough which hit a private jet killing the CEO of French oil company Total earlier this week, officials said on Thursday.

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