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  • Brazil candidates battle for key prize: Their hometown

    By Brian Winter BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - The two candidates in Brazil's presidential election runoff on Sunday grew up just seven blocks apart, attending the same elite tennis club, watching movies at the same theater and strolling through the same leafy plazas during the 1960s. They…

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

    By Emma Farge and Lanre Ola N'DJAMENA/MAIDUGURI (Reuters) - 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. Talks took place…

    Reuters
  • Al-Qaeda kills 30 Shi'ite rebels in central Yemen: tribal sources

    SANAA (Reuters) - 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. Thirty Shi'ite rebels and 18 Sunni fighters and their tribal allies…

    Reuters
  • Ebola vaccine trials in Africa could start by January, says WHO

    The World Health Organization said that two vaccines for Ebola could be used in medical trials in West Africa as early as January. An effective vaccine – combined with increased international aid and healthcare volunteers – should help to halt an outbreak that’s infected upwards of 9,000 people and…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Nazi U Boat wreck gives glimpse of World War II battle fought at US doorstep

    Lodged beneath sand and silt, scientists have uncovered two vessels off the coast of North Carolina that provide new insight into the events of World War II. 

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Leaked autopsy raises questions about Michael Brown narrative

    The narrative surrounding Michael Brown’s death continues to evolve as a leaked autopsy report appears to support the claim that Mr. Brown at one point reached for Officer Darren Wilson’s gun. It also raises questions about whether Brown was raising his hands in surrender when he was killed.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Pennsylvania law aims to curb Mumia Abu-Jamal's 'obscene celebrity'

    Pennsylvania has set the stage for a new debate about the rights of crime victims versus the rights of criminal offenders.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Albania PM seeks to ease tensions with Serbia

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's prime minister said Wednesday that his nation and Serbia must try to end decades of hostility toward one another by focusing on major issues such as their mutual desire to join the European Union, not last week's dispute over a soccer match.

    Associated Press
  • Ferrer beats Seppi to advance at Valencia Open

    VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Top-seeded David Ferrer powered his way past Andreas Seppi 6-3, 7-5 to reach the second round of the Valencia Open on Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  • Appeal sought in Puerto Rico gay marriage case

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal court judge has rejected an attempt to end a ban on same-sex marriages in Puerto Rico, saying political order itself depends on traditional marriage and deriding the logic of courts that have overturned such bans. The five gay couples who filed the suit will…

    Associated Press
  • Iraqi Kurds approve sending fighters to aid Syrian town

    By Isabel Coles and Dasha Afanasieva ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers approved a plan on Wednesday to send fighters to the Syrian town of Kobani to relieve fellow Kurds under attack by Islamic State militants, marking the semi-autonomous region's first military…

    Reuters
  • Iraqis return to school after delay from unrest

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi students returned to school on Wednesday amid tightened security as the academic year began a month late because thousands of people displaced by last summer's onslaught by the Islamic State group had taken shelter in school buildings.

    Associated Press
  • Canada PM in parliament at time of shooting: lawmaker

    Ottawa (AFP) - Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper was meeting with lawmakers in Parliament at the moment when a gunman opened fire in the building Wednesday, a senator who attended the meeting said.

    AFP
  • Canada soldier, gunman dead in Ottawa parliament attack

    Ottawa (AFP) - Gunfire echoed through the Gothic halls of the Canadian parliament Wednesday as police shot dead a gunman who had killed a soldier guarding a nearby war memorial before storming the building.

    AFP
  • Top Asian News at 6:30 p.m. GMT

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Why did North Korea free Jeffrey Fowle, and only him, when two other Americans remain in prison there? Probably because Pyongyang considered him the most minor of the three offenders, and may believe that releasing him could improve abysmal U.S. relations and even…

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  • Dozens released Ebola-free from Sierra Leone site

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Dozens of Ebola survivors have been discharged from a treatment center near Sierra Leone's capital and told they were virus-free, as police and residents clashed in other areas of the West African country.

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  • 2 dead in shooting attack at Canada's Parliament

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country's capital was shot to death Wednesday, and gunfire then erupted inside Parliament, authorities said. One gunman was killed, and police said they were searching for as many as two others.

    Associated Press