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Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming president of the European Commission, takes his seat as he arrives to attend the presentation of the college of Commissioners and their program during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, October 22, 2014. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Juncker defends decision on French, British EU commissioners

23 October 2014

BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union's incoming chief executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, on Wednesday defended his decision to appoint a Briton as next financial services commissioner and a Frenchman to lead the economy portfolio.

Smoke and dust rise over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province October 22, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Iraqi Kurds approve sending fighters to aid Syrian town

23 October 2014

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 foray into Syria's war.

Blackwater Worldwide security guards Evan Liberty (L) and Dustin Heard (R) leave the federal courthouse with their legal team and supporters after being arraigned with three fellow Blackwater guards on manslaughter charges in a 2007 shooting incident in Baghdad, in Washington in this January 6, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files

U.S. jury convicts ex-Blackwater guards in 2007 Baghdad killings

23 October 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal jury found three American former Blackwater guards guilty of manslaughter and weapons charges on Wednesday and a fourth of murder in connection with the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle.

An Egyptian security official with a bomb-sniffing dog conducts a search at the scene of an explosion near Cairo University in Cairo October 22, 2014. REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper

Blast outside Cairo University wounds 11 - Officials

23 October 2014

CAIRO (Reuters) - A bomb outside Cairo University wounded 11 people on Wednesday, among them several police officers, Egyptian officials said.

Canada probes Michael Zehaf-Bibeau as possible suspect in Ottawa shooting - source

23 October 2014

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police are investigating a man named as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau as a possible suspect in the shootings around parliament, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Armed RCMP officers guard access to Parliament Hill following a shooting incident in Ottawa October 22, 2014.   REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Canada's parliament attacked near where PM Harper was speaking

23 October 2014

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's capital was jolted on Wednesday by the fatal shooting of a soldier and an attack on the parliament building in which gunshots were fired outside a room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking.

Obama says Canada shooting reinforces need for vigilance

23 October 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama called the shooting in Canada on Wednesday "tragic" and said it reinforced the need for vigilance.

Saudi Arabia jails al Qaeda suspects over plot to hit U.S. forces

23 October 2014

DUBAI (Reuters) - A Saudi court has sentenced 17 people, four of them women, to prison terms of up to 30 years in two separate cases, one of which involving an al Qaeda plot to attack U.S. soldiers in Qatar and Kuwait, the state news agency SPA said.

Ottawa hospital admits four patients, three in stable condition

23 October 2014

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Ottawa Hospital received four patients, three of whom are in stable condition, following shootings in the Canadian capital on Wednesday, the hospital said in a statement.

Kerry says no deal made with North Korea in release of American

23 October 2014

BERLIN/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday there had been no deal with North Korea in the release of one of three detained Americans but that Washington was willing to resume talks if the reclusive country took steps towards denuclearisation.

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