• Gunman in Canada attack complained about mosque

    Updated: 10 min ago

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The gunman who shot and killed a soldier in plain daylight then stormed Canada's Parliament once complained that Vancouver mosque he attended was too liberal and inclusive, Muslim leaders said Friday. Assam Rashid, spokesman for the British Columbia Muslim Association, said Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, visited the Masjid Al-Salaam mosque for several months in 2011 before he was told not to come back. Rashid said the association has been working on a preventive program that focuses on minimizing the effect of terrorist and criminal propaganda in Canada. Zehaf-Bibeau shot a soldier to death at Canada's national war memorial Wednesday, and was eventually gunned down inside Parliament by th

  • Canada to give slain soldier hero's send-off

    Updated: 13 min ago

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The soldier shot dead by a gunman who then stormed Canada's seat of government is being given a hero's send-off, with a motorcade along the highway where the country honors its war dead. Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said the body of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo will return home Friday along Canada's "Highway of Heroes" — a stretch of road traveled by funeral convoys transporting fallen soldiers from the 2001 war in Afghanistan. The 24-year-old reservist was shot to death on Wednesday while he was guarding Canada's national war memorial. The gunman, 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, then ran into the Parliament building, where he was shot and killed by the sergeant-at-arms.

  • Attack on Egypt army post kills 26

    Updated: 25 min ago

    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — An assault on an army checkpoint in the northern part of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Friday caused a large explosion and killed at least 26 troops, making it the deadliest single attack in decades on the military, which has been struggling to stem a wave of attacks by Islamic extremists following last year's overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the country's most active militant group — named Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, or Champions of Jerusalem — has claimed a string of past attacks on security forces. The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear. Two senior military officials said a suicide bomber had rammed his vehicle into the che

  • Venezuelans brace for slump in oil prices

    Updated: 26 min ago

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The falling oil prices that are providing relief to drivers around the world threaten to bring more misery to the life of Milagro Alvarez and millions of other Venezuelans, whose country depends almost exclusively on oil revenue. The math teacher has been getting up before dawn each day and rushing out to hunt for disposable diapers, one of scores of products that have been in short supply due to price restrictions and currency controls put in place by the socialist government long before the slide in petroleum prices.

  • Palestinian killed in clash with Israeli military

    Updated: 28 min ago

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian hospital official says a teen was killed during clashes with the Israeli military in the West Bank. A relative identified the teen as 14-year-old Orwah Hamed and said he was born in the United States. Another 12 Palestinians were wounded in the clashes, a hospital official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with the media. The Israeli military said soldiers "prevented an attack" by opening fire on a Palestinian who was throwing fire-bombs on a highway Friday evening. Tensions have been high for months in Jerusalem and the West Bank. This week a Palestinian drove his car into a Jerusalem train station, killing a 3-month-old baby and wound

  • Queen sends her first tweet, signed 'Elizabeth R'

    Updated: 32 min ago

    LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet — though she kept things traditional, signing off with "Elizabeth R." The 88-year-old monarch tried her hand at Twitter as she opened a new gallery Friday in central London's Science Museum, taking off a glove to press a tablet screen as 600 guests looked on. The message, "I hope people will enjoy visiting" the exhibition, was sent instantly through the official British monarchy account on the social media website. "Elizabeth R" is how the queen signs official documents. The "R'' stands for "regina," the Latin for queen. Officials said the message came "personally" from the queen herself, although some eyebrows were raised about whether that was the case.

  • WHO: Millions of Ebola vaccine doses ready in 2015

    Updated: 40 min ago

    LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready for use in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines will start being tested in March. Still, the agency warned it's not clear whether any of these will work against the deadly virus that has already killed at least 4,877 people this year in West Africa. Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny from the U.N. health agency told reporters that those doses could be available in 2015 if early tests proved that the two leading experimental vaccines are safe and provoke enough of an immune response to protect people from being infected with Ebola. Trials of those two most advanced vaccines —one developed by GlaxoSmithKline in

  • Vienna honors deserters from Hitler's army

    Updated: 57 min ago

    VIENNA (AP) — Austria's president apologized Friday for his country's postwar treatment of deserters from Hitler's army as traitors, at the unveiling of a memorial honoring those who fled military duty rather than serve under the Nazi regime. The ceremony in Vienna was also attended by municipal dignitaries as well as some of those who deserted from the Wehrmacht — and suffered indignities for decades. All are in their late 80s or older, including Richard Wadani, who has lobbied for more than a decade for the memorial. He called the unveiling a "happy occasion." Speaking earlier, President Heinz Fischer criticized the indignities surviving deserters have had to suffer over the past decades.

  • Aid group: No need to isolate staff treating Ebola

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Doctors Without Borders insisted Friday, after one of its doctors who worked in Guinea came down with Ebola in New York, that quarantines of health workers returning from the hot zone are not necessary when they do not show symptoms of the disease. Craig Spencer arrived back in the United States about a week ago, reported a fever on Thursday and is now being treated at a New York hospital. Some countries have banned travelers from the three main Ebola countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — and the U.S. started health screening of travelers arriving from there. "As long as a returned staff member does not experience any symptoms, normal life can proceed," Doctors Without Borders said in a s

  • Rwandan government bans BBC local language service

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The Rwandan government on Friday suspended all BBC radio broadcasts in Rwanda's most common language, Kinyarwanda, to protest the news organization's recent documentary about Rwanda's genocide. President Paul Kagame's government, members of parliament and genocide survivors have expressed their anger at the BBC over the recent documentary that suggested the country's president may have had a hand shooting down his predecessor's plane, a crash that triggered the mass killings. The hour-long documentary — "Rwanda, The Untold Story" — also quoted U.S. researchers who suggested that many of the more than 800,000 Rwandans who died in the 1994 genocide may have been ethnic Hutus, and not ethnic Tutsis as

  • 3 Istanbul consulates evacuated

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish authorities say the consulates of Canada, Belgium and Germany in Istanbul have been evacuated after receiving suspicious packages Friday. Dogan Eskinat, a spokesman for Turkey's emergence management agency, AFAD, said that seven people from the Canadian consulate have been hospitalized as a precaution after one of them opened a package and was exposed to a yellow powder. Dogan said that as part of standard procedures, Turkish authorities have sent samples for testing. Claude Rochon, spokeswoman at Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, said: "All staff at the Canadian mission are safe and accounted for.

  • Ukraine's key election fails to spark enthusiasm

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Gazing across the Maidan square, Evelina Martirosyan recalls how euphoric she was as she joined protests that changed Ukraine's history. Since the revolution this year that toppled a despised president, her dreams of a better future have been blunted by war and near economic collapse. Parliamentary elections on Sunday promise to usher in a fresh class of politicians, but for millions of Ukrainians change is no promise of improvement Unbridled jingoism has papered over social fissures that seem to grow wider by the day, as the economy founders under the weight of a ruinous war against separatists in the east. "Maybe new people will come, but everything will be exactly as it was before," Martirosyan

  • Putin accuses US of undermining global stability

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — The United States is destabilizing the global order by trying to impose its will on other nations, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Friday, warning that the world will face new wars if Washington fails to respect the interests of other countries. In a speech to political experts in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi, Putin pointed to wars in Iraq, Libya and Syria as examples of botched U.S. policies that have led to chaos. With visible emotion, he said Washington and its allies have been "fighting against the results of its own policy" in those countries. "They are throwing their might to remove the risks they have created themselves, and they are paying an increasing price," Putin said.

  • Iraqi officials say IS militants used chlorine gas

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State militants used chlorine gas during fighting with security forces and Shiite militiamen last month north of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said Friday. The disclosure comes on the heels of similar reports from the Syrian border town of Kobani, indicating that the extremist group may have added low-grade chemical weapons to an arsenal that already includes heavy weapons and tanks looted from captured military bases. Three Iraqi officials — a senior security official, a local official from the town of Duluiya and an official from the town of Balad — told The Associated Press that the Islamic State group used bombs with chlorine-filled cylinders during clashes in late September in the two towns.

  • NBCUniversal settles with unpaid interns for $6.4M

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBCUniversal will pay $6.4 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought by unpaid interns who worked on "Saturday Night Live" and other shows who claim they are owed wages, according to court documents. The interns claim NBCUniversal wrongly classified them as non-employees in an effort to avoid labor laws. NBCUniversal said in court documents that even though it is settling the suit, it denies the allegations and doesn't admit any wrongdoing. The average amount that class-action members of the suit will receive is $505, although the main plaintiffs will receive more. The number of class members is capped at 8,975. The interns had been seeking recovery of unpaid wages, attorneys' fees, interest and

  • The royal tweet: Queen sends first Twitter message

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    The Queen has sent her first ever tweet while opening an information technology gallery at the Science Museum. The message, which went out at 11:35am to 724,000 followers of the @BritishMonarchy account, read: “It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.”

  • Turkey says 1,300 Syria rebels heading to Kobani

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Turkey's president said Friday that Ankara would allow hundreds of Syrian rebels to travel to the embattled border town of Kobani in order to help Kurdish fighters there fend off an Islamic State onslaught. But Syrian opposition activists denied there were any such plans, and Kurdish fighters reacted angrily to the announcement, viewing it as a slight to their dogged defense of the town over the past month. The announcement by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested more assistance for Syrian Kurdish fighters who have been battling the extremists since mid-September, when the IS group launched a sweeping offensive to try to take Kobani. A U.S.-led coalition is also shelling militant positions around

  • Smugglers offer $20 passage from Turkey to Syria

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    ONCUPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish border crossing of Oncupinar, an hour's drive from the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, is a chaotic buzz of people waiting to pass into one of the most violent regions in the world. Border guards stand by with machine guns to prevent Islamic militants from joining the flow, but within their sight smugglers offer to take travelers across for a surprisingly small fee. One of the men, who claimed to be a former officer for Syrian intelligence, said he charged just over $20 — but was willing to bargain. Abdul-Rauf, who gave only his first name for fear of prosecution for his illegal profession, said he could take clients within an hour and even help them carry their bags a few hundred meters (y

  • Amazon's loss makes holidays a question mark

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's trademark smile icon is becoming more of a grimace. The world's largest online retailer reported a wider third-quarter loss than analysts expected and gave a disappointing holiday forecast. Investors are increasingly irked by Amazon's strategy of investing heavily in new products and services to spur revenue growth while reporting quarter after quarter of losses or thin profit. The stock price tumbled 7 percent to $291 in morning trading Friday. That's on top of the 22 percent decline the stock has already suffered this year. Chief Financial Officer Thomas Szkutak said the company had to be "selective" in taking on new projects. For years, Amazon's strategy has been spending the money it makes

  • Cloning whistleblower: Little changed in S. Korea

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    CHUNCHEON, South Korea (AP) — The whistleblower who exposed breakthrough cloning research as a devastating fake says South Korea is still dominated by the values that allowed science fraudster Hwang Woo-suk to become an almost untouchable national hero. In an interview with The Associated Press after almost a decade of silence, Ryu Young-joon, one of Hwang's former researchers, said the cost of telling the truth still weighs on him but he doesn't regret his decision to out Hwang as a false prophet. The revelations in 2005 rocked South Korea which had celebrated Hwang's research as a historic achievement, focused unfavorable attention on the country and diminished the reputation of its scientific establishment.