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Oct 24, 2014

Exclusive: Canada’s financial intelligence agency gets ‘useful’ data after attacks

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s financial intelligence agency asked institutions to quickly report suspicious transactions in the wake of two deadly attacks this week and has received data “useful to our intelligence efforts,” a spokesman said on Friday.

The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre (FINTRAC) was set up in 2000 to combat money-laundering and ensures the compliance of 31,000 financial entities doing business in Canada.

Oct 23, 2014

Ottawa pushes for business as usual after shootings

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The Canadian government determined to return to business as usual on Thursday after a reported convert to Islam shot dead a soldier at the National War Memorial and rampaged through Parliament before being killed himself.

Employees began returning to the Parliament Hill complex amid tighter security. The House of Commons was set to open on schedule at 10 a.m. (1400 GMT), with Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaking at that time.

Oct 23, 2014

Canada PM vows crackdown after capital shocked by fatal attacks

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed to redouble the country’s fight against “terrorist organizations” abroad after a reported convert to Islam rampaged through parliament, shocking the usually tranquil capital city.

Shortly after a gunman shot dead a soldier at the National War Memorial in central Ottawa on Wednesday morning, a man armed with a shotgun burst into the Centre Block of Parliament, pursued by police. He died after dozens of shots rang out a few yards away from where Harper was talking to his legislators.

Oct 23, 2014

Attack on parliament, killing of soldier stun Canada’s capital

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A gunman attacked Canada’s parliament on Wednesday, with shots fired near where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking, and a soldier was killed at a nearby war memorial, stunning the Canadian capital.

The gunman in the parliament building was shot dead, and Harper was safely removed. The killing of the Canadian soldier was the second this week with a possible link to Islamic militants.

Oct 23, 2014

Canada’s parliament attacked, soldier fatally shot nearby

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A gunman attacked Canada’s parliament on Wednesday, with gunfire erupting near where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking, and a soldier was fatally shot at a nearby war memorial, stunning the Canadian capital.

The gunman in the parliament building was shot dead, and Harper was safely removed in incidents that may have been linked to Islamic militants.

Oct 23, 2014

Canadian MPs in lockdown tweet of terror fears, toilet line ups

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian lawmakers locked down inside parliament for up to 10 hours turned to Twitter to send messages to their friends and families letting them know they were safe albeit exhausted.

Politicians across the political spectrum, often at odds over serious issues, were united in their concern and dismay after a gunman launched an attack on the building.

Oct 22, 2014

Shooting locks down Canadian parliament; one suspect reported dead

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A gunman shot and wounded a soldier in Ottawa and then entered the country’s parliament buildings chased by police, with at least 30 shots fired, according to media and eyewitness reports on Wednesday.

CBC TV said that a suspected gunman was shot dead inside the parliament building. It was not clear if he was acting alone.

Oct 22, 2014

Soldier shot; gunman enters Canadian parliament, many shots fired

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A gunman shot a soldier at the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa and was then chased by police into the main parliament building, where at least 30 more shots were fired, according to media and eyewitness reports on Wednesday.

Parliament was locked down and Prime Minister Stephen Harper had left the building safely as police converged on the area.

Oct 22, 2014

Soldier shot near Canada’s parliament; shooter at large

OTTAWA (Reuters) – 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.

Oct 22, 2014

Canadian retail sales unexpectedly drop 0.3 percent

OTTAWA, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Canadian retail sales dropped
unexpectedly in August as consumers pulled back for the second
straight month, heightening uncertainty about broader economic
growth and weighing on the Canadian dollar.

Retail sales dropped 0.3 percent in August, pulled down by
lower gasoline prices and weaker sales of new cars, food, and
housing-related items, Statistics Canada said on Wednesday.
Analysts forecast sales would be unchanged from July.

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      "I have been the National Political Correspondent in Canada for Reuters since 1999, focussing on politics, defence (in particular Canada's role in the Afghan War) and the environment. I won the award for Reuters Treasury scoop in 2009 for my work at the G20 summit. From 1995 to 1999 I worked in London, mainly covering foreign affairs, and from 1989 to 1995 I was stationed in Moscow where I covered the collapse of the Soviet Union and the many conflicts this helped trigger."
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