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Americas

  • Canada Parliament gunman had planned to travel to Syria

    The gunman in Wednesday's attack on Canada's capital had a criminal record and recently applied for a passport, planning to travel to Syria after undergoing a "radicalization process," police said on Thursday.

  • Official: 3 dead, 2 hurt in US midair crash

    A fire department official says three people were killed and two others were injured when an airplane and a helicopter collided in midair at an airport in Maryland.

  • New York police wounded in hatchet attack

    A hatchet-wielding attacker charged a group of New York City police officers posing for a photograph on Thursday, wounded two, one critically, before the assailant was shot dead, police said.

Europe

  • EU leaders set gas emission target

    The European Union has set a binding target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent in the next 16 years. Starting from 2005 base figures the objective must be reached by 2030, a European leaders' summit in Brussels decided.

  • EU safeguards energy security against disruption

    European leaders have agreed a tougher course of action in response to growing challenges of energy security and a possible major disruption in energy supply this winter amid the ongoing dispute between Russia and EU.

  • France says air strikes take out weapons arsenal in Iraq

    French fighter jets destroyed 12 buildings in Iraq holding an arsenal of weapons under control of Islamic State militants, France's chief of staff of armed forces said on Friday.

Premier Li visits Germany, Russia, Italy

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Germany, Russia, Italy and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization(FAO) headquarters from Oct 9 to 15.

2014 Beijing-Tokyo Forum

Malaysian airliner crashes in Ukraine

A bite of diplomacy

European Council appoints new commission

The European Council on Thursday officially appointed Jean-Claude Junckers' new European Commission whose tenure will start from Nov 1 of this year and end on Oct 31 of 2019.

Kim Jong Un oversees army drill

Top leader Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) oversaw a drill of combined military units.

New oil field found in British North Sea

Oil firms GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd and British Petroleum (BP) Thursday announced a new exploration discovery in the British Central North Sea.

NYC hospital testing doctor for Ebola virus

A physician who recently returned from West Africa was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City and placed in isolation while doctors await the return of tests to determine whether he has the Ebola virus.

Middle East

  • Obama invites new Afghan leaders to White House

    US President Barack Obama, keen to reset relations with Afghanistan that soured under longtime president Hamid Karzai, has invited the leaders of Afghanistan's new unity government to visit the White House early next year.

  • Baby killed, seven injured in terror attack in Jerusalem

    A Palestinian man slammed a car into a crowded rail station in Jerusalem, killing an infant and injuring seven other people on Wednesday, in a suspected "terror attack," police said.

  • Syria says shoots down two of three Islamic State jets

    Syria's air force has destroyed two fighter jets operated by Islamic State militants in the north of the country, Information Minister Omran Zoabi said in remarks published on Syria's state news agency SANA late on Tuesday.

Africa

Kaleidoscope

Mum-to-be 'mermaids'

Stunning and ethereal underwater shoots of expectant mums-to-be wearing the bump by Florida-based photographer Adam Opris.

'Sculpture by the Sea' exhibition in Sydney attracts visitors
Annual pumpkin exhibition held in Germany