US President Barack Obama greeted Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists across the world on the occasion of Diwali, saying it was a chance to remember that even in the midst of darkness, light will ultimately prevail.
Expressing deep concern over activities of extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, India has said consolidation of political processes and building durable state institutions will be an effective way to address such radicalism in the region.
A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country's capital was shot to death on Wednesday, and gunfire then erupted inside Parliament, authorities said. One gunman was killed, and police said they were hunting for as many as two others.
As fear of Ebola infections spreads to developed economies, U.S. and British insurance companies have begun writing Ebola exclusions into standard policies to cover hospitals, event organisers and other businesses vulnerable to local disruptions.
Thursday October 23, 2014, N'Djamena/Maiduguri
Nearly a week after Nigeria announced a ceasefire deal with Boko Haram, which it said would include the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist group, there is still no sign of the girls being freed.