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Soldier shot near Canada’s parliament; shooter at large


By Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren

A Canadian soldier was shot at the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa and a shooter was seen running towards the nearby parliament buildings, where more shots were fired, according to media and eyewitness reports on Wednesday.

The buildings were put on lockdown as police and tactical teams converged on the area. The wounded soldier was taken into an ambulance where medical personnel could be seen giving him cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

The shooting comes two days...

IMF: outlook remains difficult for Cyprus


By Staff Reporter

Overcoming the legacies of the financial crisis is still challenging for Cyprus, and the outlook remains difficult, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Wednesday.

It said that on October 20, 2014, the IMF’s Executive Board had concluded the Article IV consultation with Cyprus, and concluded that the government had made considerable progress in addressing the crisis.

However it said output was expected to decline this year by a further 3.2 per cent before recovering modestly next...

Iraqi forces clash with Islamic State fighters west of Baghdad

Turkish Kurdish women mourn during the funeral of Kurdish fighters killed during clashes against Islamic State in Kobani

By Noah Browning

Iraqi army tanks and armoured vehicles on Wednesday fought off an advance by Islamic State militants on the town of Amiriya Fallujah, west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, army sources said, part of a multinational effort to check the group’s progress.

The sources added that around 400 fighters amassed in the nearby towns of Fallujah and Karma the day before, piling pressure on the capital’s western flank.

Government forces fought back Islamic State outside Amiriya Fallujah –...

Drugmakers to join forces to make millions of Ebola vaccine doses

Smith, a registered nurse with Mount Sinai Medical Health Systems, St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals in New York, demonstrates putting on personal protective equipment during an Ebola educational session for healthcare workers in New York

By Ben Hirschler

Leading drugmakers plan to work together to accelerate development of an Ebola vaccine and produce millions of doses of the most effective experimental product for use next year.

Johnson & Johnson said on Wednesday that it aims to produce at least 1 million doses of its two-step vaccine next year and has already discussed collaboration with Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline, which is working on a rival vaccine.

The U.S. group’s head of research Paul Stoffels said the two companies...

CY: situation has never been as critical

Cyprus Airways

The situation in Cyprus Airways has never been as critical as it is today, its chairman said on Wednesday in a letter to staff.

Makis Constantinides said the loss-making course had not been halted, as was the objective of the latest restructuring plan, while productivity in relation to competitiveness continued to be at a low level.

“Perhaps never in the past, was the situation as critical as it is today,” the CY chairman said.

Authorities are trying to sell the...

Bank stress test failure report rejected


A report suggesting a Cypriot bank was included in eleven European lenders that failed the European stress tests was unfounded, a banking source said on Wednesday, as the European Central Bank (ECB) cautioned against speculation.

The source rejected the report, adding that even the unofficial results had not been announced yet. It is understood that the Central Bank of Cyprus, like its EU counterparts, is under strict instructions from the ECB not to make any public statements about the stress...

‘Don’t use service to EOKA as mitigation for your crimes’

Christodoulos Christodoulou

By Constantinos Psillides

EOKA fighters have turned their backs on former Central Bank Governor Christodoulos Christodoulou, after he argued before court that he should receive leniency for a tax evasion, because – among other things – he was a member of EOKA.

“Each one of us is responsible for his actions and should answer for them before court. If he is found guilty he should be punished and if he is aware of the consequences his actions brought, then he...

Hong Kong protesters march after fruitless talks with government

Pro-democracy protesters watch formal talks between student protest leaders and government officials on a video screen near the government headquarters in Hong Kong

By Donny Kwok and Diana Chan

About 200 Hong Kong protesters marched to the home of the city’s Beijing-backed leader on Wednesday to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior officials failed to break the deadlock.

Others continued to occupy main streets in the Chinese-controlled city, where they have camped for nearly a month in protest against a central government plan that would give Hong Kong people the chance to vote for...

Anastasiades to meet Cameron in Brussels (Updated: adds Stefan Fule)

Britain's PM Cameron holds a news conference during an EU leaders summit in Brussels

President Nicos Anastasiades will meet British Prime Minister David Cameron, during his visit to Brussels, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides has told the Cyprus News Agency.

Anastasiades departed on Wednesday morning for Brussels in order to participate in the European Council meeting on 23 and 24 October where he is due to denounce Turkey’s actions in the island’s EEZ.

The British Prime Minister has requested the meeting with Anastasiades to discuss the Turkish violations.

During his stay in Brussels, Anastasiades will begin the implementation...

Ancient textile and dyeing workshops excavated in Erimi

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Archaeologists excavating at Erimi-Laonin tou Porakou in the Limassol district have uncovered a complex of workshops covering an area 30X30 metres that appear to have been used for textiles and dyeing.

“A complete open-air working area extends towards the eastern area of the complex, while a series of two new large rectangular units were cleared on the western and eastern wings with a completely preserved monolithic stone threshold, as well as a pivot system and locking devices,” an announcement from...

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