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Security tight in Canada as police probe Parliament gunman's ties

OTTAWA - Canada's capital faced a third day of heightened security on Friday as police searched for any clues that the man who shot and killed a soldier and charged into the parliament building had help in plotting his attack. | Video

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Uruguay's left in battle to retain presidency, and marijuana law

MONTEVIDEO - Uruguayan voters decide on Sunday whether to give the ruling coalition another term after a decade of strong growth and leftist reforms, or turn to an opposition candidate who says legalizing marijuana production was a step too far.

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Algeria's Bouteflika consolidates curbs on state intelligence agency

ALGIERS - President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has signed a decree to curb the presence of Algeria's military intelligence service in public institutions, government sources said, to downgrade his rivals and ensure a smooth transition when he steps down.

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Exclusive: Chad says Nigeria deal with Boko Haram to free girls is still on

N'DJAMENA - Chad said it believed Nigeria's secret deal with Boko Haram Islamists to free more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls would go ahead despite the breakdown of a truce, and added the key to the agreement was a prisoner swap.

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Poland lodges appeal with European court over CIA jail ruling

WARSAW - Poland has lodged an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights against a ruling made by the court in July that Poland hosted a secret CIA prison on its soil, the Polish foreign ministry said in a statement.

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Botswana votes in poll set to test ruling party dynasty

GABORONE - Botswanans went to the polls on Friday in an election that is expected to see President Ian Khama's ruling party win a reduced majority as young and middle-class voters send out a warning to a political dynasty which has ruled for nearly five decades.

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