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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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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.

10:36am EDT

Indonesian president close to finalizing cabinet, expands team

JAKARTA - Indonesian President Joko Widodo has finalised "99 percent" of his cabinet, quickly filling gaps in his ministerial team after the anti-graft agency rejected some of his candidates, a senior adviser said on Thursday.

Indonesia 10:57am 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 separatists and an unresolved row over gas.

Russia 10:59am EDT

Italy deputy speaker favorite as new foreign minister: sources

ROME - The deputy speaker of Italy's lower house of parliament is the leading candidate to replace Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini when she moves to Brussels to become the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs, two political sources said.

11:15am EDT

India's Modi announces relief package for flood-hit Kashmir

SRINAGAR India - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced a 7.5 billion rupee ($120 million) relief package for flood-hit Kashmir as his Bharatiya Janata Party seeks to expand support beyond the mainly Hindu lowlands of Jammu.

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