Shootout in Ottawa: Indian-Canadian MP's first person account

By Nina Grewal,

When Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking at about 9.30 a.m. Wednesday in a caucus room of parliament, we heard a couple of shots. We were not alarmed as we thought some construction work was going on. Then, more shots were heard and we were alarmed, more so as the Prime Minister was in the room, standing and speaking.

Dark shadow of Ebola now a global threat: Trinidad PM

By Paras Ramoutar,

Port-of-Spain : The dark shadow of the Ebola has now become "a real and imminent global threat", Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has said.

In a message marking Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, the Indian-origin Prime Minister of this Caribbean nation said that her government was well prepared to deal with the Ebola virus.

Mexican governor resigns over missing students

Mexico City : The governor of the Guerrero state in Mexico has quit amid increasing protests over the disappearance of 43 students and the deaths of six others.

Governor Angel Aguirre told reporters in Chilpancingo, the state capital, that he was leaving office "to favour a political climate" conducive to a solution.

"The priority must be to continue with the search for the missing students and to ensure that the people responsible for these serious violations of human rights be punished," he said.


Brazilian president leads among women, older voters

Brasilia : Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who is to compete in a presidential runoff Sunday, leads among women and older people.

According to a poll released Wednesday, Rousseff, with a supporting rate of 47 percent, is ahead of her rival Aecio Neves, with 43 percent support, although four percent of the electorate remains undeclared and could potentially swing the vote, Xinhua reported.

Among women, Rousseff enjoys 54 percent of the support versus 46 percent for Neves.


US air defence forces on alert after attack on Canadian parliament

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : Air defence forces were put on high alert and cities across the US increased security after Wednesday's deadly shooting attacks on the Canadian parliament in the capital city of Ottawa.

Shortly after the attack, President Barack Obama spoke to Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the phone and offered any assistance Canada needed in responding to these attacks, the White House said in a statement.


Canada shooting 'a senseless act of violence': New Zealand

Wellington : New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key Thursday described the shooting incident near Canadian Parliament as "a senseless act of violence".

"The reasons behind the fatal shooting in Ottawa this morning are not yet known, but it is clearly a senseless act of violence," Xinhua quoted Key as saying in a statement.

"I wish to extend New Zealand's sincere condolences to the people of Canada who will be shaken by this violent act. I will personally extend those thoughts and wishes to Prime Minister ( Stephen) Harper," he said.


Nigerian parliament approves $1 bn loan to fight Boko Haram

Lagos : The Nigerian House of Representatives Wednesday approved President Goodluck Jonathan's request to borrow not more than one billion dollars to tackle the security challenges facing the country.

On Sep 25, the Nigerian Senate had approved the request made by the Nigerian leader to borrow the amount to tackle the national security challenges, Xinhua reported.


Modi condemns terror attack in Canada

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday condemned the terror attack on the Canadian parliament and pledged to strengthen cooperation with Ottawa to combat terrorism.

"I strongly condemn the attacks on the Canadian military personnel in Quebec and Ottawa and the shooting in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa," Modi said in a statement released by the external affairs ministry.

"A parliament is a temple of democracy and holds a special place in the hearts of those who believe in democratic ideals.

Barack Obama condemns 'outrageous' attacks in Canada

Washington : US President Barack Obama condemned the "outrageous" attacks that occurred in Canada in last three days and offered assistance to the US ally Wednesday during a phone call with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Obama expressed "solidarity" with Canada in the wake of attacks on Canadian forces in Quebec Monday and shootings in Ottawa Wednesday morning, Xinhua quoted the White House as saying in a statement.


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.