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Oct 29, 2014

Canadian lawmakers strike defiant tone in return to Parliament

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian lawmakers struck a defiant tone on Wednesday as they held their first caucuses since a gunman charged into the Parliament building after shooting dead a soldier in an attack that raised questions about the nation’s low-key approach to security.

Members of Parliament headed back to meeting rooms where some of them hid a week ago during a gun battle between security officers and an attacker described as a recent convert to Islam who struggled with drug addiction.

Oct 29, 2014

Canada tightens train handbrake rules, to impose ‘audit blitz’

OTTAWA, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Canada will require railways to
secure unattended trains with a minimum number of handbrakes and
other physical defenses to prevent runaways, Canada’s transport
ministry said on Wednesday in its latest response to last year’s
deadly crash in Quebec.

Transport Canada will also tighten enforcement of railway
labeling of hazardous materials like volatile crude, and add
staff to perform an “audit blitz”, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt
said.

Oct 29, 2014

Canadian lawmakers to hold first caucus since deadly attack

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian lawmakers on Wednesday were due to hold their first caucuses since a gunman charged into Parliament after shooting dead a soldier, in an attack that raised questions about the nation’s relaxed approach to security.

Members of Parliament are set to return to the meeting rooms on Parliament Hill where some hid a week ago during a gun battle between security officers and an attacker described as a recent convert to Islam who struggled with drug addiction.

Oct 27, 2014

Top Canada officials to face Parliament questioning after attacks

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Top Canadian security officials are due to testify on Monday before a parliamentary committee about threats facing the nation in the same building where a man described as an homegrown militant opened fire last week as Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with lawmakers.

On Sunday police said Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the man who killed a Canadian soldier and attacked the Parliament building made a video of himself just before the attack, evidence that he was driven by ideological and political motives.

Oct 26, 2014

Canadians flock to Parliament Hill, site of attack on soldier

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadians returned to the reopened grounds of their parliament building on Saturday, three days after a homegrown radical rushed in armed with a rifle after killing a soldier in the second domestic attack in a week on the country’s military.

The grounds of the hilltop gothic building, whose clock tower is a centerpiece of Ottawa’s skyline, attracted scores of visitors, many still stunned by Wednesday’s attack, which took place as Prime Minister Stephen Harper was meeting with lawmakers.

Oct 25, 2014

Canada’s Parliament Hill reopens following Wednesday shooting

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadians returned to the grounds of their parliament building on Saturday, three days after a homegrown radical rushed in armed with a rifle after shooting dead a soldier in the second attack on the country’s military at home in a week.

The grounds of the hilltop gothic building, whose clock tower is a centerpiece of Ottawa’s skyline, attracted scores of visitors, many still stunned by Wednesday’s attack, which took place as Prime Minister Stephen Harper was meeting with lawmakers.

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.

Groups of Ottawa residents gathered early around the national war memorial where the soldier, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, was slain on Wednesday at the start of a brazen daylight attack by a man police identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a 32-year-old Canadian citizen.

Oct 8, 2014

Dallas hospitals set up Ebola wards as city watches for spread

DALLAS (Reuters) – Hospitals in Dallas have set up Ebola isolation wards and revamped procedures to deal with new patients, as the sprawling Texas city waits to see if the deadly virus spreads following the first case diagnosed on U.S. soil.

Some 48 people are being monitored by health officials in Dallas after Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian visiting family in Dallas, came down with the disease in late September. He died early on Wednesday, hospital officials said.

Oct 8, 2014

First person diagnosed with Ebola in U.S. dies in Texas hospital

DALLAS (Reuters) – The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, died on Wednesday morning at a Dallas hospital, a hospital spokesman said.

“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 am,” hospital spokesman Wendell Watson said in an emailed statement.

Oct 8, 2014

Dallas Ebola patient on ventilator and receiving kidney dialysis

DALLAS (Reuters) – The Ebola patient fighting for his life in a Dallas hospital is on a ventilator and a kidney dialysis machine to help stabilize his health, the hospital said on Tuesday.

Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the deadly virus on U.S. soil, has also been given the experimental medication brincidofovir. A hospital in Nebraska said it is using the same drug to treat an American journalist who was airlifted from Liberia and arrived Monday.

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