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Canadian law enforcement officials hold a news conference to discuss yesterday's shooting in Ottawa.

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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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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.

Africa 12:39pm EDT

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.

United Nations, Syria 3:16pm EDT

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.

Russia 12:42pm EDT

Three Azeri workers die in offshore platform accident

BAKU - Three workers were killed and one is still missing after an accident at one of the offshore oil and gas platforms in the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan, Azeri state energy company SOCAR said on Thursday.

2:49pm EDT

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.

United Nations 2:22pm EDT

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