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Canada soldier, gunman dead in Ottawa parliament attack

Ottawa police officers walk up Wellington St. near the National War Memorial where a soldier was shot earlier in the day, just blocks away from Parliament Hill. (AFP)
Ottawa - 

Gunfire echoed through the Gothic halls of the Canadian parliament Wednesday as police shot dead a gunman who had killed a soldier guarding a nearby war memorial before storming the building.

Ebola death toll edging to 4,900 mark: WHO

Reception by Geneva University Hospital (HUG) of batch of experimental rVSV Ebola vaccine developed at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Canada. (AFP)
Geneva - 

The death toll in the world's worst-ever Ebola outbreak has edged closer to 4,900, while almost 10,000 people have now been infected, new figures from the World Health Organization showed Wednesday.

India's Modi burnishes economic credentials with reform blitz

Indian prime minister-elect Narendra Modi. (AFP)
New Delhi - 

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unleashed a slew of reforms in the past week, scrapping fuel subsidies, simplifying labour rules and pledging to open coal mining to private players in a bid to kickstart the economy.

Paralysed man walks again after breakthrough treatment

Professor Wagih el-Masri (L), a surgeon and founder of spinal injury charity SPIRIT, watches as Bulgarian man Darek Fidyka (R) walks with the aid of leg-braces and parallel bars at the Akron Neuro-Rehabilitation Center in Wroclaw, Poland. (AFP)
London - 

A paralysed man can walk again after receiving revolutionary treatment which one of the British scientists responsible hailed as a breakthrough "more impressive than a man walking on the Moon" -- although others urged caution.

WHO pools experimental Ebola vaccines as experts scramble to beat virus

World Health Organisation (WHO) Assistant Director General for Health Systems and Innovation, Marie Paule Kieny of France gestures during a press conference on Ebola vaccines. (AFP)
Geneva - 

A batch of experimental Ebola vaccine was Tuesday set to arrive in Switzerland from Canada, as researchers scramble to beat the deadly disease which has west Africa in its grip.

Leaders of the Hong Kong Federation of Students and Hong Kong government representatives, Leonard Cheng Kwok-hon (C), chairman of Lingnan University, look on before commencing their long-awaited talks to formally discuss demands raised by student protesters in Hong Kong. (AFP)

No breakthrough during Hong Kong protest talks

Hong Kong - 

Hong Kong's government held its first talks Tuesday with pro-democracy protest leaders but made no breakthrough in their bid to end three weeks of disruptive mass rallies which have posed a major challenge to Beijing.

India boss gives workers cars, home deposits, jewellery for festival

Ahmedabad - 

A generous boss in western India has given 1,200 of his workers new cars, deposits for flats and thousands of dollars worth of diamond jewellery as rewards for loyalty.

A health worker walks inside a tent in the Ebola treatment unit. (AFP)

Third UN employee dies from Ebola

United Nations - 

A UN staff member in Sierra Leone has died from Ebola, the third employee from the world organization to succumb to the deadly virus, the UN spokesman said Monday.