KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com World News World News en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:10:11 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Mexican Governor Confirms 3 US Siblings Found Dead http://www.kristv.com/news/mexican-governor-confirms-3-us-siblings-found-dead/ http://www.kristv.com/news/mexican-governor-confirms-3-us-siblings-found-dead/ World News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 5:00:50 PM Associated Press Mexican Governor Confirms 3 US Siblings Found Dead

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) - The governor and chief prosecutor for a northern Mexico border state confirmed on Thursday that three Texans missing for more than two weeks were found dead near Matamoros a day earlier.

The father of the three, Pedro Alvarado, identified them from photographs of the bodies showing tattoos, Tamaulipas state Attorney General Ismael Quintanilla Acosta told Radio Formula. Clothing found with the bodies near the border city also matched that of the three siblings from Progreso, Texas, who disappeared with a Mexican friend.

Parents of the missing youths have said witnesses reported they were seized on Oct. 13 by men dressed in police gear.

In a country riveted by the case of 43 students missing more than a month at the hands of police in southern Mexico, Tamaulipas' governor promised swift action in this case.

"We will apply the full force of the law and zero tolerance," Gov. Egidio Torre Cantu said, lamenting the death of three Americans and a Mexican citizen even though their identities had not been officially confirmed by DNA.

Authorities said late Wednesday it could take 24 to 48 hours for DNA tests to determine if the bodies were those of Erica Alvarado Rivera, 26, and brothers, Alex, 22, and Jose Angel, 21, who were last seen in El Control, a small town near the Texas border west of Matamoros.

They had been visiting their father in Mexico and disappeared along with 32-year-old Jose Guadalupe Castaneda Benitez, Erica Alvarado's boyfriend.

"They were good kids," an aunt, Nohemi Gonzalez, said while the family waited for official confirmation. "I don't know why they did that to them."

The three Alvarado siblings share their mother's modest brick home on a quiet street in Progreso less than three miles from the Texas-Mexico border. Erica, who has four children between the ages of 3 and 9, had been scheduled to begin studying to become a nursing assistant next month.

Brothers Jose Angel and Alex should have been in Missouri by now. They had been scheduled to make their annual pilgrimage as migrant farm workers more than a week ago, Gonzalez said. When they weren't on the road, they divided their time between their mother's house in Texas and their father's Mexico. They would stay with him for two or three weeks at a time, helping out around his mechanic's shop.

Jose Angel, the youngest, had tattoos reflecting the family split - the family's last name on his shoulder, his dad's name on his right hand and his mom's on his left.

Officials have not commented on the events that led up to the disappearances, but the families' informal inquiries produced this version:

On Sunday, Oct. 12, Erica drove her black Jeep Cherokee across the border to El Control. She dropped it at her father's house and went to visit with her boyfriend.

Her mother, Raquel Alvarado, had told her to be back in Progreso by early Monday morning, because Raquel had to work and Erica's kids had to get to school. Raquel put the kids to bed Sunday night and awoke at 4 a.m. to see Erica was not home. She began calling her daughter's cellphone, but got no answer. At that point, it appears Erica was fine.

She continued calling through the morning of Oct. 13. "I'm always worried about her when she goes over there," the mother said.

Around 1 p.m., she reached her former husband. He told her Erica had called her brothers and asked them to bring her Jeep to her at a roadside restaurant under a bridge near El Control where she was eating with her boyfriend. One brother drove her Jeep and the other drove his Chevrolet Tahoe because they all planned to return to Progreso from there.

According to Raquel Alvarado, witnesses told family members that the brothers arrived around 12:30 p.m. and saw members of the police unit called Hercules pushing their sister and Castaneda and hitting Erica. When the brothers intervened the police took all four of them, along with their vehicles. The witnesses said the armed men identified themselves as members of the Hercules unit and warned them against intervening.

A September news release from the city about Hercules showed an armed force in fatigues and face paint. Mayor Leticia Salazar officially introduced Hercules as a group with particular skills to confront crime in high-risk operations.

The statement named city clerk Joe Mariano Vega as its commander. A message left at his office was not returned. In an interview earlier this year, Vega said Hercules was made up of former marines and soldiers who would police hot zones for crime in the city's neighborhoods.

However, in Matamoros this week it was difficult to get clear answers about Hercules.

Salazar has been photographed with them in her own matching uniform and beret, but she did not return messages left in person at her office by The Associated Press. Neither did the city's spokeswoman.

Like other border cities in Tamaulipas, Matamoros has not had a municipal police force in years. The federal government took their weapons and confined them to barracks in an effort to root out corruption. Matamoros has since been policed by a mixture of marines and soldiers and state and federal police.

Juan Sanchez Alvarado, who is in charge of the city's public security office and director of its transit police, said Wednesday that the members of the Hercules unit provide security for city officials and nothing else. He said they were accredited by state police in the Tamaulipas capital of Ciudad Victoria and formed some time earlier in 2014.

Asked who they answer to, Sanchez seemed puzzled. They do not answer to him, he said. He said he imagined they answer to whichever city officials they happen to be guarding. He also couldn't say how many members of Hercules there are, where they are based or who their commander is.

Sanchez did say, "I haven't received any complaint related to them."

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Rescuers Press to Save 18 Trapped Turkish Miners http://www.kristv.com/news/rescuers-press-to-save-18-trapped-turkish-miners/ http://www.kristv.com/news/rescuers-press-to-save-18-trapped-turkish-miners/ World News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:47:38 PM Associated Press Rescuers Press to Save 18 Trapped Turkish Miners

ISTANBUL (AP) - Rescue workers desperately pumped water out of a coal mine in southern Turkey and anxious relatives huddled nearby Wednesday after surging waters trapped 18 Turkish miners deep underground.

After canceling some festivities for a national holiday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu both visited the town of Ermenek in Karaman province, where the Has Sekerler mine is located close to Turkey's Mediterranean coast.

Both men pledged a vigorous investigation into the disaster, Turkish news agencies reported.

Turkish officials say the workers' chances of survival are slim unless they managed to reach a safety gallery at the coal mine. The regional governor said about 20 other workers either escaped or were rescued Tuesday as the disaster unfolded.

Divers attempted rescue operations at the flooded mine Wednesday but visibility was too poor to continue, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.

Emergency workers worked through the night and into the day using huge pipes to pump water from 350 meters (380 yards) underground. Turkey's emergency agency, AFAD, said a broken pipe in the mine caused the flooding but did not elaborate. It sent 225 emergency workers from neighboring regions to help the rescue effort.

The flooding has renewed questions about Turkey's poor workplace safety record.

In May, a fire inside a coal mine in the western town of Soma killed 301 miners in Turkey's worst mining disaster. The fire exposed poor safety standards and superficial government inspections in many of the country's mines.

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South Korea Seeks Death Penalty for Ferry Captain http://www.kristv.com/news/south-korea-seeks-death-penalty-for-ferry-captain/ http://www.kristv.com/news/south-korea-seeks-death-penalty-for-ferry-captain/ World News Mon, 27 Oct 2014 4:47:39 AM South Korea Seeks Death Penalty for Ferry Captain

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A news report says South Korean prosecutors have demanded the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that sank in April, killing more than 300 people.

Yonhap news agency says prosecutors on Monday also requested that a district court issue life sentences to three other key crew members tasked with navigating the ship on charges that they were negligent and failed to protect passengers when the ferry was sinking April 16.

The four were among the first group of people rescued when the ferry began badly listing.

The Gwangju District Court said it couldn't immediately confirm the report.

The sinking, one of South Korea's deadliest disasters, caused nationwide grief and fury, with authorities blaming overloading of cargo, improper storage, untimely rescue efforts and other negligence for the incident.

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Soccer Star Killed in Armed Robbery http://www.kristv.com/news/soccer-star-killed-in-armed-robbery/ http://www.kristv.com/news/soccer-star-killed-in-armed-robbery/ World News Mon, 27 Oct 2014 4:39:24 AM Soccer Star Killed in Armed Robbery

SOUTH AFRICA - The captain of South Africa's national soccer team was shot and killed Sunday after armed men broke into the house he was staying.

Senzo Meyiwa was shot to death by two armed gunmen who entered a house.

There were seven people inside at the time and the shooting followed an argument.

The 27 year-old was the well-known captain and goalkeeper of the team.

 


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Mexico Governor Steps Down During Investigation http://www.kristv.com/news/mexico-governor-steps-down-during-investigation/ http://www.kristv.com/news/mexico-governor-steps-down-during-investigation/ World News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 6:50:29 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Mexico Governor Steps Down During Investigation

MEXICO - The governor of the Mexican state where 43 students disappeared last month is now resigning.

Angel Aguirre had been under growing pressure to step down as the investigation of the student's disappearance, has not been successful.

He said that he's stepping down in order to take the focus off of himself, and put it back on the search.

In the past, Aguirre denied accusations that he knew about the corruption with drug traffickers taking hold of his state.

Over fifty people have been arrested in connection with those missing students.

 


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Christmas Tree Causing International Uproar http://www.kristv.com/news/christmas-tree-causing-international-uproar/ http://www.kristv.com/news/christmas-tree-causing-international-uproar/ World News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 6:36:28 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Christmas Tree Causing International Uproar

SOUTH KOREA - South Korea is in the process of taking down a Christmas tree that has been standing on the border with North Korea,

Now, this is important because the tree is very symbolic for the country.

It's almost 50-years-old and stands over 100-feet into the air.

The Christmas tree was a famous tourist attraction in South Korea, bringing people from around the world to watch it light up.

North Korea has been denouncing the Christmas tree, calling it "propaganda warfare" and even threatening to strike it.

Reports said that many citizens are shocked and confused by the move to take it down.

 


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Olympics Welcome New Country Into The Games http://www.kristv.com/news/olympics-welcome-new-country-into-the-games/ http://www.kristv.com/news/olympics-welcome-new-country-into-the-games/ World News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 6:35:40 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Olympics Welcome New Country Into The Games

KOSOVO - The Olympics are welcoming a new country into the games this morning.

The International Olympic Committee just announced its provisional recognition of the country, Kosovo.

The move could lead to the Balkan state competing in its first ever Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro in 2016.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, almost a decade after NATO went to war to stop the massacre and expulsion of Albanians by Serbian forces.

Critics said this is a major step forward for the country internationally.

However, Serbia is refusing to recognize the country and is protesting the move.

 


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3-Month-Old Baby Killed In Terrorist Attack http://www.kristv.com/news/3-month-old-baby-killed-in-terrorist-attack/ http://www.kristv.com/news/3-month-old-baby-killed-in-terrorist-attack/ World News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 6:34:41 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV 3-Month-Old Baby Killed In Terrorist Attack

JERUSALEM - Hundreds of mourners are attending a funeral for an American baby who was killed in a tragic terrorist attack in Jerusalem.

It happened when a car slammed into a crowd at a railway stop.

Eight other people were injured in the crash, which Israeli police are describing as a "terrorist attack."

The driver, a Palestinian man, is in serious condition in the hospital right now after being shot by police as he tried to flee the scene.

The baby killed was only three months old.

The family said those parents had been trying for years to have a child.

 


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Canada Gunman Wanted a Passport to go to Mideast http://www.kristv.com/news/canada-gunman-wanted-a-passport-to-go-to-mideast/ http://www.kristv.com/news/canada-gunman-wanted-a-passport-to-go-to-mideast/ World News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 3:14:12 PM Associated Press Canada Gunman Wanted a Passport to go to Mideast

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - He was a recent convert to Islam and a petty criminal with a long rap sheet, including a string of drug offenses. In recent weeks, he had been staying in a homeless shelter, where he talked about wanting to go to Libya to get away from drugs but griped that he couldn't get a passport.

A picture began to emerge Thursday of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau a day after the 32-year-old Canadian launched a deadly attack on Canada's seat of government that forced the country - again - to confront the danger of radicalized citizens in its midst.

In what the prime minister called a terrorist attack, Bibeau shot a soldier to death at Canada's tomb of the unknown Wednesday, then stormed the Parliament building, where he was gunned down by the sergeant-at-arms.

Abubakir Abdelkareem, 29, who often visited the Ottawa Mission, a homeless shelter downtown, said he met Zehaf-Bibeau there. He said Zehaf-Bibeau told him he had a drug problem in Vancouver but had been clean for three months.

Abdelkareem told The Associated Press that Zehaf-Bibeau wanted his passport to fly to Libya because he thought he could avoid drugs there. "As soon as I get it, I'm going to fly. ... Then there's no temptation," Abdelkareem quoted him as saying.

But in the past three days, "his personality changed completely," Abdelkareem said. "He was not talkative; he was not social" anymore and slept during the day, said Abdelkareem, who concluded the man was back on drugs.

Lloyd Maxwell, another shelter resident, said that Zehaf-Bibeau had lived for some time in Vancouver, then Calgary, then came to Ottawa specifically to try to get a passport, believing that would be more easily accomplished in the nation's capital.

"He didn't get it, and that made him very agitated," Maxwell said. Maxwell said that he suggested to the man that he might be on a no-fly list, and "he kind of looked at me funny, and he walked away."

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed on Thursday that Zehaf-Bibeau had applied recently for a passport, but said it believes he intended to go to Syria.

Earlier this week, the Mounties said that there are about 90 people in the country who are suspected of intending to join the extremist fighting abroad or who have returned from such activity overseas. But RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said Thursday that Zehaf-Bibeau was not among them.

In an email to the AP expressing horror and sadness at what happened, Zehaf-Bibeau's mother, Susan Bideau, said that her son seemed lost and "did not fit in," and that she hadn't seen him for more than five years until having lunch with him last week.

"So I have very little insight to offer," she said.

In a brief and tear-filled telephone interview with the AP, Bibeau said that she is crying for the victims of the shooting rampage, not her son.

"Can you ever explain something like this?" said Bibeau, who has homes in Montreal and Ottawa. "We are sorry."

After initially reporting that two or three assailants may have taken part in the shooting rampage, Canadian police conceded Thursday that Zehaf-Bibeau was the lone gunman.

The bloodshed raised fears that Canada is suffering reprisals - perhaps so-called lone-wolf attacks - for joining the U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria.

On Monday, a man described as an "ISIL-inspired terrorist" ran over two soldiers in a parking lot in Quebec, killing one and injuring the other before being shot to death by police. Before the attack, Canadian authorities feared he had had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey.

Preime Minister Stephen Harper noted that both attacks were carried out by citizens born in Canada.

"The fact of the matter is there are serious security threats in this country and in many cases those serious security threats continue to be at large and not subject to detention or arrest," he said.

Elizabeth May, the leader of the Green Party, said in Parliament that this week's attacks were probably "the acts of isolated, disturbed and deeply troubled men who were drawn to something crazy."

"I do not believe that it was a vast network, or that the country is more at risk today than it was last week," May said.

Court records that appear to be Zehaf-Bibeau's show that he had a long criminal record, with convictions for assault, robbery, drug and weapons offenses, and other crimes.

Meanwhile, Kevin Vickers, the 58-year-old Parliament sergeant-at-arms credited with shooting and killing Zehaf-Bibeau, got a rousing standing ovation in the House of Commons for saving lawmakers' lives. Vickers, dressed in his ceremonial robe and carrying his heavy mace, acknowledged the applause by nodding solemnly.

The former Mountie said in a statement that he was "very touched" by the attention but that he has the close support of a remarkable security team.

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Satter reported from London. Gillies contributed from Toronto.

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Mom of Canada Suspect: I Cry for Victims, Not Son http://www.kristv.com/news/mom-of-canada-suspect-i-cry-for-victims-not-son/ http://www.kristv.com/news/mom-of-canada-suspect-i-cry-for-victims-not-son/ World News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:38:26 AM Associated Press Mom of Canada Suspect: I Cry for Victims, Not Son

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - The mother of the man accused of killing a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial then storming Parliament before being shot dead says she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son.

In a brief and tear-filled telephone interview with The Associated Press Thursday, Susan Bibeau said she did not know what to say to those hurt in the attack.

"Can you ever explain something like this?" she said. "We are sorry."

Investigators offered little information about the gunman in Ottawa, identified as 32-year-old petty criminal Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.

Canadian police conceded Thursday that Zehaf-Bibeau was the lone gunman, the second attack in three days in what the prime minister described as terrorism.

Bibeau she was devastated for the victims of the attack.

"If I'm crying it's for the people," she said, struggling to hold back tears. "Not for my son."

Bideau and her husband had earlier sent the AP a lengthy email expressing horror and sadness at what happened.

"I am mad at my son," the email said, explaining that he seemed lost "and did not fit in."

"I his mother spoke with him last week over lunch, I had not seen him for over five years before that," the email said. "So I have very little insight to offer."

The heart of the capital city of Ottawa had been in lockdown after Wednesday's attack, with fears that other gunmen might be on the loose. Ottawa police Constable Marc Soucy confirmed to The Associated Press Thursday that police are satisfied there was one attacker. Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. that "there is no longer a threat to public safety."

The two attacks stunned Canadians and raised concerns their country was being targeted for reprisals for joining the U.S.-led air campaign against the extremist Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

Government officials credited 58-year-old Parliament sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers with shooting the attacker just outside the MPs' caucus rooms. Vickers serves a largely ceremonial role at the House of Commons, carrying a mace and wearing rich green robes, white gloves and a tall imperial hat.

Members of Parliament gave Vickers a rousing standing ovation for saving their lives as Parliament resumed Thursday morning.

As Vickers walked into the House of Commons his lips quivered in emotion and he acknowledged the lengthy ovation.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper urged members of Parliament to seek medical help if they are suffering stress from Wednesday's attack in an uncharacteristic personal speech.

"Here we are in our seats, in our chamber in the very heart of our democracy, at work" Harper said. "We will not be intimated."

Harper noted that both of the terror attacks in Canada this week came from citizens born in Canada.

Earlier Harper visited the National War Memorial where the soldier was killed to lay a wreath. A man was detained by police near where Harper put down the wreath. Police said the man tried to breach the crime scene and thought there would be minor charges if he's charged.

Earlier, Harper called the shooting the country's second terrorist attack in three days. A man Harper described as an "ISIL-inspired terrorist" on Monday ran over two soldiers in a parking lot in Quebec, killing one and injuring another before being shot to death by police. Like the suspect from Wednesday's shooting in Ottawa, he was a recent convert to Islam.

Witnesses said the soldier posted at the National War Memorial, identified as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, was gunned down at point-blank range by a man carrying a rifle and dressed all in black, his face half-covered with a scarf. The gunman appeared to raise his arms in triumph, then entered Parliament, a few hundred yards away, where dozens of shots soon rang out, according to witnesses.

People fled the complex by scrambling down scaffolding erected for renovations, while others took cover inside as police with rifles and body armor took up positions outside and cordoned off the normally bustling streets around Parliament.

At least three people were treated for minor injuries.

In Washington, President Barack Obama condemned the shootings as "outrageous" and said: "We have to remain vigilant." The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa was locked down as a precaution, and security was tightened at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery just outside Washington.

Harper vowed that the attacks will "lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts" to keep the country safe and work with Canada's allies to fight terrorists.

Court records that appear to be the gunman's show that he had a long rap sheet, with a string of convictions for assault, robbery, drug and weapons offenses, and other crimes.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. had video of the gunman going to his car alone with his weapon after the shooting at the memorial. The car was later spotted parked in front of Parliament Hill, just down the block.

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Satter reported from London. Associated Press writer Rob Gillies contributed to this report from Toronto. Jeremy Hainsworth also contributed to this report.

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Airstrikes Target Oil Filed in Syria http://www.kristv.com/news/airstrikes-target-oil-filed-in-syria/ http://www.kristv.com/news/airstrikes-target-oil-filed-in-syria/ World News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 3:44:20 AM Airstrikes Target Oil Filed in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) - Activists say the U.S.-led coalition has launched airstrikes on an oil field in Syria's eastern province of Deir el-Zour that borders Iraq.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the coalition launched four airstrikes on oil wells in the Jafra field late Wednesday.

The Local Coordination Committees, an activist group, also reported the airstrikes on Thursday.

The U.S.-led coalition has aggressively targeted IS-held oil facilities in Syria, which provide a key source of income for the militants. But such strikes also endanger civilians, which could undermine long-term efforts to destroy the militant group.

The Observatory, which relies on a network of activists around the country, said that since the airstrikes on Syria began a month ago, 553 people have been killed including 32 civilians. The rest were mostly jihadis.

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Canada on High Alert Following Attack at Parliament http://www.kristv.com/news/canada-on-high-alert-following-attack-at-parliament/ http://www.kristv.com/news/canada-on-high-alert-following-attack-at-parliament/ World News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 5:26:21 PM Associated Press Canada on High Alert Following Attack at Parliament

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - A gunman with a scarf over his face shot to death a Canadian soldier standing guard at the nation's war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in a hail of gunfire before he was killed by the usually ceremonial sergeant-at-arms, authorities and witnesses said.

The attack immediately raised the specter of terrorism, with Canada already on heightened alert because of a deadly hit-and-run earlier in the week against two Canadian soldiers by a man who police say was fired up with radical Muslim fervor.

"Today is a sad and tragic day for our city and our country," Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said. He said it was a tragedy with "origins as yet not fully known, causes not yet fully understood."

Officials identified the gunman as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, but gave no immediate details on his background. Canadian police would not speculate on a motive for the shootings.

Police said in the initial hours after the shootings that as many as two other gunmen may have taken part. But as the day wore on, the cordon around Parliament was eased, employees were allowed to go home, and it appeared increasingly likely that the attack was the work of one person.

Witnesses said the soldier posted at the National War Memorial, identified as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, was gunned down at point-blank range just before 10 a.m. by a man carrying a rifle and dressed all in black, his face half-covered.

The gunman appeared to raise his arms in triumph, then entered Parliament, a few hundred yards away, where dozens of shots soon rang out, according to witnesses.

People fled the complex by scrambling down scaffolding erected for renovations, while others took cover inside and barricaded doors with chairs as police with rifles and body armor took up positions outside and cordoned off the normally bustling streets around Parliament.

On Twitter, Canada's justice minister and other government officials credited 58-year-old sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers with shooting the attacker just outside the MPs' caucus rooms.

Vickers serves a largely ceremonial role at the House of Commons, carrying a scepter and wearing rich green robes, white gloves and a tall imperial hat.

At least two other people were reported injured. They were listed in stable condition.

Around midday, Ottawa police spokesman Chuck Benoit said two or three gunmen were believed to be involved in the attacks. Gilles Michaud, assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, called it a "dynamic, unfolding situation."

In Washington, President Barack Obama condemned the shootings as "outrageous" and said: "We have to remain vigilant." He also offered U.S. help and reassurance in a telephone call with Canada's prime minister.

The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa was locked down as a precaution, and security was tightened at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery just outside Washington.

Tony Zobl said he witnessed the Canadian soldier being gunned down from his fourth-floor window directly above the National War Memorial, a 70-foot, arched granite cenotaph, or tomb, with bronze sculptures commemorating World War I.

"I looked out the window and saw a shooter, a man dressed all in black with a kerchief over his nose and mouth and something over his head as well, holding a rifle and shooting an honor guard in front of the cenotaph point-blank, twice," Zobl told the Canadian Press news agency. "The honor guard dropped to the ground, and the shooter kind of raised his arms in triumph holding the rifle."

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. had video of the gunman going to his car alone with his weapon after the shooting at the memorial. The car was later spotted parked in front of Parliament Hill, just down the block.

Cabinet minister Tony Clement tweeted that at least 30 shots were heard inside Parliament, where Conservative and Liberal MPs were holding their weekly caucus meetings.

"I'm safe locked in a office awaiting security," Kyle Seeback, another member of Parliament, tweeted.

The top spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Harper was safe and had left Parliament Hill.

"I was just taking off my jacket to go into caucus. I hear this pop, pop, pop. Possibly 10 shots, don't really know. Thought it was dynamite or construction rather than anything else," said John McKay, a member of Parliament.

He said security guards then came rushing down the halls, herding them toward the back of the buildings.

"And then we started talking to another woman and she was apparently inside the library of Parliament, saw the fellow, wearing a hoodie, carrying a gun," McKay said, "and then the implications of this start to sink in."

The attack came two days after a recent convert to Islam killed one Canadian soldier and injured another with his car before being shot to death by police. The killer had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey.

Canada had raised its domestic terror threat level from low to medium Tuesday because of what it called "an increase in general chatter from radical Islamist organizations."

The Islamic State group has urged supporters to carry out attacks against Western countries, including Canada, that are participating in the U.S.-led coalition that is fighting the militants in Iraq and Syria

After the shootings, officials canceled two events in Toronto honoring Pakistani teenager and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, including one in which she was supposed to receive honorary Canadian citizenship. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 for supporting schooling for girls.

David Cirillo, who identified himself as the slain soldier's cousin, expressed anger at the killing in a posting on Facebook.

"To the gunman that shot my cousin point blank in front of the Parliament Hill this morning for no reason, you will get what's coming to you," the posting read. "You destroyed my whole family for life. If there's a way I can find you I will kill you."

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Gillies reported from Toronto. Associated Press writer Benjamin Shingler also contributed to this report.

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Missiles and Rifle Fire from Egypt Wounds 2 Israeli Soldiers http://www.kristv.com/news/missiles-and-rifle-fire-from-egypt-wounds-2-israeli-soldiers/ http://www.kristv.com/news/missiles-and-rifle-fire-from-egypt-wounds-2-israeli-soldiers/ World News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 4:28:02 PM Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) - Attackers inside Egypt fired an anti-tank missile and automatic rifles at a military vehicle in Israel on Wednesday, wounding two soldiers in a rare cross-border incident, the military said.

The attack occurred in southern Negev Desert and the soldiers were evacuated to a hospital in Israel, it added.

An Egyptian security official suggested the gunfire came from smugglers who were clashing with Egyptian troops at the time along the border with Israel.

The frontier between Israel and Egypt is normally quiet. The two countries signed a peace accord 35 years ago and have close security cooperation.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attack but Islamic militants in Egypt's lawless Sinai Peninsula have attempted to carry out attacks against Israel in recent years. In September 2012, an Israeli soldier was killed in a similar shooting. A year earlier, a series of coordinated attacks killed seven Israelis.

Al-Qaida-linked militants in Sinai have also carried out deadly attacks against the Egyptian military, which has been trying to crack down on their activity in the desert.

The Israeli military said it has no indication yet who was behind the attack. It said that it dispatched troops to the area to make sure that no infiltration into its territory took place. In the meantime, it asked residents in the area to remain in their homes.

It later said after an investigation that troops had foiled a "violent drug smuggling attempt" and that the soldiers came under attack from three different points including from a car driving near the border. It said the soldiers returned fire, killing at least three of the attackers.

Israeli media said the two - a female officer and a male soldier - were moderately wounded.

The Egyptian security official said the attack on the Israeli convoy came during an exchange of fire between Egyptian troops engaging smugglers in the area while an Israeli convoy was driving by.

The official said the Egyptian troops fired at the smugglers approaching the border and suggested the fire on the Israeli troops came from the smugglers.

The area is known to be an operation area for smugglers, but not considered an area where militants have access, he added.

Security and medical officials said after Egyptian forces combed the area following the exchange of fire, they retrieved three bodies, and two seriously injured. One of the dead is a Bedouin, identified as a 31-year old from a local tribe, the Tarabeen.

The Egyptian officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.

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Associated Press writer Ashraf Sweilam contributed to this report from el-Arish, Egypt.

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Nigeria Truce is Shaky, No News of Abducted Girls http://www.kristv.com/news/nigeria-truce-is-shaky-no-news-of-abducted-girls/ http://www.kristv.com/news/nigeria-truce-is-shaky-no-news-of-abducted-girls/ World News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 4:27:09 PM Associated Press Nigeria Truce is Shaky, No News of Abducted Girls

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) - Days after Nigeria's military raised hopes with the announcement that Islamic extremists had agreed to a cease-fire, Boko Haram is still fighting and there is no word on the fate of the 219 schoolgirls held hostage for six months.

Officials had said talks would resume in neighboring Chad this week, but there was no confirmation that those negotiations had resumed by Wednesday.

The official silence raises many questions, especially since Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Shekau has not confirmed that a truce has been agreed.

Relatives of the girls abducted from a boarding school in northeastern Chibok town said they are confused but trying to be hopeful.

"Things are still sketchy with lots of holes and varying statements," Allen Manasseh, a brother of one of the missing schoolgirls, told The Associated Press by telephone. Manasseh said he relentlessly scours the news headlines to find out when his sister, Maryam, may return home.

Nigeria's Foreign Minister Aminu Wali on Tuesday said "I can say with some optimism, cautious optimism, that were are moving toward a situation where we'd be able to, in the very near future, to be able to get back our girls."

Wali spoke at a news conference in Berlin of "the possibility of having total cessation of hostilities."

Despite the cease-fire announced by the military on Friday, the Islamic insurgents have attacked two villages and a town in the northeast and raised their flag in a fourth village.

People who escaped this week from Bama, a town in a part of northeastern Nigeria where Boko Haram has declared an Islamic caliphate, say hundreds of residents are being detained for allegedly breaking the group's strict version of Shariah law.

Residents who got out of Bama said so many people have been detained by Boko Haram that the local jail is overcrowded and houses are being used as makeshift prisons. Many young men have been forced to join Boko Haram, and those who refuse are killed, said those who ran away.

People are jailed after brief "trials" for infringements like smoking cigarettes, said Amina Bukar, a middle-aged woman who said she hiked through the bush for five days before reaching Maiduguri, the Borno state capital 75 kilometers (nearly 50 miles) away.

Food is running short since shops have been looted by Boko Haram, said Bukar. "Water also is very scarce, sometimes you line up (at the communal tap) for 24 hours," she said.

In Nigeria's capital, Abuja, dozens of activists continue a daily protest ritual at Unity Fountain, using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls to demand that the government and military ensure the release of the students.

Campaigner Aisha Yesufu said they had been told the girls would be freed on Monday, but it didn't happen. "The government spokesperson came out and said that they never said Monday, that they are saying this week. We are still watching. We are extremely anxious," she told the AP.

Some 276 girls and young women writing science examinations were kidnapped from a government boarding school in Chibok in the early hours of April 15. Dozens escaped by themselves in the first couple of days but some 219 remain missing.

Thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands forced from their homes in the 5-year uprising to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation of some 160 million people divided almost equally between Muslims and Christians.

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Oduah reported from Abuja. Associated Press videographer Andrew Njuguna in Abuja and Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed to this report.

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Police: Soldier, Gunman Dead in Ottawa Shootings http://www.kristv.com/news/police-soldier-gunman-dead-in-ottawa-shootings/ http://www.kristv.com/news/police-soldier-gunman-dead-in-ottawa-shootings/ World News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:12:32 AM Associated Press Police: Soldier, Gunman Dead in Ottawa Shootings

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Police say a Canadian soldier who was shot as he stood guard at a war memorial in the country's capital has died.

Ottawa police spokesman Chuck Benoit says a suspected gunman also is dead.

Benoit said authorities believe there were three gunmen involved in three shootings Wednesday morning, all within less than a mile from each other in downtown Ottawa.

"Two others were being sought for on land," Benoit said.

The shootings happened at the war memorial, on Parliament Hill and at a nearby shopping mall.

People fled Parliament by scrambling down scaffolding erected for renovations, witnesses said. Others were in lockdown. Police with rifles and body armor stood guard outside and blocked the normally bustling streets leading to Parliament.

Ottawa police Constable Marc Soucy said it was unclear whether there was more than one shooter.

The attack came two days after a recent convert to Islam killed one Canadian soldier and injured another in a hit-and-run before being shot to death by police. The killer had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey.

Canada had raised its domestic terror threat level from low to medium Tuesday because of "an increase in general chatter from radical Islamist organizations," said Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, a spokesman for the public safety minister.

On Wednesday, Tony Zobl, 35, said he witnessed the soldier being gunned down from his fourth-floor window directly above the National War Memorial, a tall granite cenotaph, or empty tomb, with bronze sculptures dedicated to those who died in World War I.

"I looked out the window and saw a shooter, a man dressed all in black with a kerchief over his nose and mouth and something over his head as well, holding a rifle and shooting an honor guard in front of the cenotaph point-blank, twice," Zobl told the Canadian Press news agency.

"The honor guard dropped to the ground, and the shooter kind of raised his arms in triumph holding the rifle."

Zobl said the gunman then ran up the street toward Parliament Hill.

The wounded soldier was taken away in an ambulance. His condition was not immediately known.

Cabinet minister Tony Clement tweeted that at least 30 shots were heard inside Parliament, where Conservative and Liberal MPs were holding their weekly caucus meetings.

"I'm safe locked in a office awaiting security," Kyle Seeback, another member of Parliament, tweeted.

The top spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Harper was safe and had left Parliament Hill.

Shots were also fired at a shopping mall near Parliament, police said. All three sites - the war memorial, Parliament and the mall - are within less than a mile from each other.

Officials also canceled two events in Toronto honoring Pakistani teenager and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, including one in which she was supposed to receive honorary Canadian citizenship. The teenager was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 for calling for schooling for girls.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police warned people in downtown Ottawa to stay away from windows and rooftops.

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Gillies reported from Toronto.

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China's New Lunar Spacecraft Ready For Takeoff http://www.kristv.com/news/china-s-new-lunar-spacecraft-ready-for-takeoff/ http://www.kristv.com/news/china-s-new-lunar-spacecraft-ready-for-takeoff/ World News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 7:35:38 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV China's New Lunar Spacecraft Ready For Takeoff

CHINA - It's a mission to the moon and back, and it's the first of its kind in China.

China's new, experimental lunar probe is designed to travel all the way to the moon and back on its own.

The director of the launch is saying this morning that all the preparation is finally completed, and the space-craft is now ready to go.

Right now, their plan is to officially launch it sometime this week.

 


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Accused U.S. Marine Moved To Philippines Custody http://www.kristv.com/news/accused-u-s-marine-moved-to-philippines-custody/ http://www.kristv.com/news/accused-u-s-marine-moved-to-philippines-custody/ World News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 7:29:05 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Accused U.S. Marine Moved To Philippines Custody

THE PHILIPPINES - The U.S. Marine accused of killing a transgender woman is being transferred right now to the Philippine military headquarters.

The move comes after some intense pressure by the country, after the woman was found dead in a hotel bathroom.

The private was being held on a U.S. vessel until this morning.

He failed to appear at a court hearing yesterday, raising concerns by the victim's family over whether he would ever be tried.

He is being guarded by U.S. Forces during this criminal investigation.

 


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Company Pleading Guilty For Molasses Spill http://www.kristv.com/news/company-pleading-guilty-for-molasses-spill/ http://www.kristv.com/news/company-pleading-guilty-for-molasses-spill/ World News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 7:27:59 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Company Pleading Guilty For Molasses Spill

HAWAII - The company responsible for a major molasses spill will plead guilty to criminal charges.

The spill, which happened just off the coast of Hawaii, killed more than 26,000 fish and other marine life.

The company is agreeing to plead guilty and pay $1 million dollars in penalties.

However, they could still face civil charges by the environmental protection agency and the state.

 


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Middle East Crackdown On Terrorism Plots http://www.kristv.com/news/middle-east-crackdown-on-terrorism-plots/ http://www.kristv.com/news/middle-east-crackdown-on-terrorism-plots/ World News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 7:27:08 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Middle East Crackdown On Terrorism Plots

SAUDI ARABIA - A Saudi court is sending a group of terrorist to prison this morning for plotting an attack on U.S. Forces.

The thirteen people are convicted of forming a terrorist cell to target Americans in the Middle East using hand grenades, rockets, and other weapons.

The group was actually in the process of sending someone to Iraq to learn how to make vehicle bombs.

The thirteen could serve up to thirty years in Saudi prison.

However, about thirty of the group's members are still free in that country right now.

 


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Undocumented Immigrant Allowed Back Into U.S. http://www.kristv.com/news/undocumented-immigrant-allowed-back-into-u-s-/ http://www.kristv.com/news/undocumented-immigrant-allowed-back-into-u-s-/ World News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 7:25:21 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Undocumented Immigrant Allowed Back Into U.S.

MEXICO - An undocumented immigrant is back in the U.S. this morning after a chaotic trip to Mexico.

The Harvard student deported himself almost three months ago when he crossed the border into Mexico without immigration permission.

He took the trip to bring his dying mother to Mexico to receive alternative therapy for cancer.

When the treatment failed and she passed away, he wasn't allowed back into the U.S. because he was never granted citizenship.

He is being allowed back home, but he'll have to reapply for the Dream Act, which is a process that could take several months.

 


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