Canadian parliament gunman acted alone, as video of attack released
The gunman in Wednesday's attack on Canada's capital Ottawa acted alone and there was no apparent link to an attack in Quebec earlier in the week, security officials said on Thursday as a video footage of the attack was released.
Mr Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, was a Canadian citizen who may also have held Libyan citizenship, said Mr Bob Paulson, commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Mr Bibeau killed a soldier before racing through the parliament building where he was shot dead.
Watch the Parliament Hill security video footage of the gunman here
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WHO: screening arriving passengers may have limited effect
Screening passengers for Ebola on their arrival may have "a limited effect" in stopping the virus spreading but whether it adds anything to exit screening from affected countries is a decision for governments, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.
The advice from the WHO's Emergency Committee on Ebola came a day after the United States said travellers from three West African countries at the heart of the epidemic must fly into one of five major airports for enhanced screening for the virus.
Passengers are already screened as they leave Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, a measure that is critical for reducing the exportation of the virus, it said.Read more here
Hong Kong protests: Poll to be held among protesters on Sunday over Chief Exec election
The organisers of the Occupy movement will organise a poll among protesters this Sunday, to seek their opinions on the 2017 chief executive election.A second question will ask for their thoughts on the effectiveness of a report to China's Cabinet, the State Council, on the Occupy movement.
The government had proposed this during talks with the student protest leaders on Tuesday as a concession, but had made clear it will have no impact on the 2017 election.Read more here
EU appoints Christos Stylianides Ebola czar
EU leaders on Thursday named Christos Stylianides of Cyprus to coordinate the bloc's fight against Ebola which has claimed nearly 4,900 lives in west Africa.Mr Stylianides, who will serve as the new EU commissioner for humanitarian aid, was "named EU coordinator for fight against #ebola by #EUCO," European Union head Herman Van Rompuy said in a tweeted message.During confirmation hearings in the European Parliament last month, Mr Stylianides told MEPs that he was ready to go to west Africa to see the situation on the ground, winning plaudits.Read more here
Football: Lamela wonder goal sparks Spurs win, Everton held by Lille
Argentina star Erik Lamela scored a memorable wonder goal while Harry Kane grabbed a hat-trick before taking over in goal as Tottenham beat Asteras Tripolis 5-1 in the Europa League on Thursday.
The 22-year-old Lamela, who has struggled to settle at White Hart Lane since moving from Roma, had only scored once for Spurs before but he made up for lost time in spectacular fashion.
Everton retained top spot in Group F as they battled to a 0-0 draw at Lille following a day of trouble in the French city centre between fans and police ahead of the tie.
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