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Shootout near Canadian parliament, soldier dead

Ottawa : Parliament Hill in Canada's capital Ottawa came under attack Wednesday after a gunman shot dead a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial, before seizing a car and driving to the doors of Parliament Hill's Centre Block nearby, a day after Canada sent an air fleet consisting of CF-18 Hornet fighters in support of the efforts to fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.

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Canadian soldier shot at war memorial in Ottawa

Ottawa : A Canadian soldier was shot and wounded by an unidentified gunman at the National War Memorial in Ottawa and more shots were heard near the parliament buildings, media reported Wednesday.

Witnesses saw a man fleeing the scene in a car toward the parliament buildings, according to Xinhua. Local police and tactical teams soon converged on the area.

The shooter was still at large and Canadian police warned people in Ottawa to stay away from windows and roofs after the shooting.

Nepal ministries monitor 'third worst airport'

Kathmandu : Five Nepalese ministries Wednesday decided to monitor the country's only international airport after it was ranked as the world's third worst airport by a famous travel website, saying the airport resembled a "bus station in an impoverished neighbourhood".

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US Federal Court allows AJC, Gujarat victims to challenge US Government's "Suggestion of Immunity" to PM Modi

By TCN News,

New York, USA: US Federal Judge Analisa Torres today issued an order asking the American Justice Center (AJC) to file, on behalf of the victims of 2002 Gujarat massacres, their response to the US Government's suggestion of immunity by November 4, 2014 in the Alien Tort case against PM Modi.

Report reveals large-scale torture in China's 'Black Jails'

By Tamara Gil,

Beijing : The use of hotels and factories as clandestine prisons where thousands of people -- mostly women -- are tortured to prevent their complaints against the government from coming to light has rapidly increased in China, an organisation Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) said Tuesday.

In a report entitled, "We'll Beat You to Death With Impunity," the NGO highlights thousands of cases of Chinese citizens who have suffered human rights abuses in the last five years while confined in "black jails" in Beijing and 11 of the country's provinces.

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China has nearly 60,000 centenarians

Beijing : A total of 58,789 centenarians are living in China, and the oldest is 128 years old, the Gerontological Society of China revealed Tuesday.

Three-quarters of the long-living people are women, and most of them are living in the countryside, Xinhua reported citing the society.

Provinces with the most centenarians are south China's Hainan and Guangxi and central China's Anhui, where the environment is good and the economy is "moderately developed".

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Australian jihadi warns PM Abbott

Sydney : A teenager who ran away from his home in Australia in June has threatened Prime Minister Tony Abbott in a Islamic State (IS) video posted on internet.

Adullah Elmir appeared in the video, posted Monday, under the pseudonym Abu Khaled from Australia, Sydney Morning Herald reported.

He was seen wearing military gear and holding a rifle, and was accompanied by fellow jihadis.

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New Zealand to focus on counter-terrorism intelligence

Wellington : New Zealand will focus on enhancing foreign trade and strengthening counter-terrorism intelligence, the National Party government Tuesday asserted as it began a third three-year term in office.

Governor-General Jerry Mateparae read out the centre-right government's legislative intentions in a published speech at the state opening of parliament here, Xinhua reported.

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Myanmar pledges free, fair elections in 2015

Yangon : Myanmar's Union Election Commission (UEC) Tuesday pledged free and fair general elections in 2015, calling upon political parties, civil society organisations and international aid groups to cooperate for the upcoming event.

However, UEC chairman U Tin Aye asked civil society organisations to be free from political bias when they observe the upcoming elections initially set for the last week of October or the first week of November 2015, Xinhua reported.

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Fiji PM convenes first cabinet meet

Suva : Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama convened the first meeting of his cabinet in Suva Tuesday, media reported.

After the meeting, Finance Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum announced that he would deliver the 2015 budget Nov 21, FijiLive reported.

"The first cabinet meeting went well," the prime minister said.

"The finance ministry is working towards Nov 21 when the budget will be delivered," the finance minister said.

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