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Oct 25, 2014

Canada vows tougher laws as citizens worry in face of attacks

OTTAWA/HAMILTON Ontario (Reuters) – Canada vowed on Friday to toughen laws against terrorism in ways that critics say may curtail civil liberties as a country that prides itself on its openness mourned the second soldier this week killed by homegrown radicals.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined a crowd at the National War Memorial in Ottawa to mark the death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was shot by a troubled and drug-addicted convert to Islam on Wednesday while on ceremonial guard at the memorial in the center of the country’s capital.

Oct 24, 2014

Canada to deliver spy agency bill next week, more to come

BRAMPTON Ontario/OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will introduce legislation next week to give more powers to its spy agency, a bill that will be largely unchanged from one drafted before this week’s attack in Ottawa, a government source said on Friday.

The government will put forward more measures later, the source said, and they will include wider powers to address security threats in the wake of the killing this week of two soldiers and the assault on Parliament on Wednesday.

Oct 24, 2014

Security tight in Canada as police probe Parliament gunman’s ties

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s capital faced a third day of heightened security on Friday as police searched for any clues that the man who shot and killed a soldier and charged into the parliament building had help in plotting his attack.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police ordered a detail of officers to remain with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, after it emerged that he briefly hid in a closet-like room during Wednesday’s attack.

Oct 24, 2014

Canada Parliament gunman had planned to travel to Syria: police

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The gunman in Wednesday’s attack on Canada’s capital had a criminal record and recently applied for a passport, planning to travel to Syria after undergoing a “radicalization process,” police said on Thursday.

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, was a Canadian who may also have held Libyan citizenship, said Bob Paulson, commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). He said the suspect had no apparent links to another Canadian who killed a soldier in Quebec earlier in the week.

Oct 23, 2014

Cheers, tributes for Canadian guard credited with killing gunman

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The guard credited with killing a gunman in Canada’s parliament fought back tears as lawmakers greeted him with a prolonged standing ovation, cheers and whistles on Thursday when he resumed his duties.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and fellow lawmakers stood for a thunderous, minutes-long ovation as Kevin Vickers, the House of Commons’ Sergeant-at-Arms, led the traditional parade that opens every House session, dressed in ceremonial garb.

Oct 23, 2014

Canadian guard credited with killing gunman greeted as hero

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The guard credited with killing a gunman in Canada’s parliament fought back tears as lawmakers greeted him with a prolonged standing ovation, cheers and whistles on Thursday when he resumed his duties.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and fellow lawmakers stood for a thunderous, minutes-long ovation as Kevin Vickers, Canada’s Sergeant-at-Arms, led the traditional parade that opens every session of the House of Commons, dressed in ceremonial garb.

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

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

PM Harper says attacks will not intimidate Canada

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will not be intimidated by a pair of attacks that killed two soldiers this week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Wednesday, adding that security agencies would do everything needed to counter threats to the country.

“Let there be no misunderstanding. We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated,” Harper said in a brief address to the nation.

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.