Brazil poll rivals close campaigns for hard-fought vote

Brazilian presidential candidates Dilma Rousseff (R) and Aecio Neves wait for the start of a televised debate in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 24, 2014Brazil's leftist President Dilma Rousseff and center-right challenger Aecio Neves wrapped up their campaigns Saturday in the hardest-fought election in the country's recent history. Rousseff, 66, a former guerrilla who was jailed and tortured for fighting Brazil's 1964-1985 dictatorship, spent Saturday morning in her southern stronghold of Porto Alegre, where she was holding a march. Neves, the business-world favorite, was meanwhile in his native state of Minas Gerais in the southeast to pay a visit to the grave of his grandfather Tancredo, a leading figure in the democratic transition who was elected president in 1985 but died before taking office. Rousseff, who was elected Brazil's first woman president in 2010, taking the reins from her popular Workers' Party (PT) mentor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, has had to fight tooth and nail to re-emerge as the front-runner.



WHO: Number of Ebola-linked cases passes 10,000

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread.
Canada's Parliament Hill reopens following Wednesday shooting

The Canadian flag flies at half-mast on the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in OttawaBy Richard Valdmanis 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. ...



Italians challenge Renzi job reforms with vast Rome rally

Protestors arrive in San Giovanni square in central Rome on October 25, 2014Protesters from across Italy descended on Rome Saturday for a vast rally against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's plans to overhaul the job market, in a sign of growing resistance to an ambitious reform drive. Hundreds of thousands of Italians snaked through the capital calling for Renzi to do more to boost employment and protect the rights of new entries to the job market. This is a demonstration for those without work, without rights, those who suffer, who have no certainties for the future," Susanna Camusso, head of the CGIL union which called for the demonstration, told the crowds. Renzi's measures "are not sufficient to change the path Italy is on," she added.



Iran hangs woman for killing alleged rapist

In this picture taken on Dec. 15, 2008, Iranian Reyhaneh Jabbari, center, sits while attending her trial in a court in Tehran, Iran. Jabbari was hanged on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, who was convicted of murdering a man she said was trying to rape her, the official IRNA news agency reported. (AP Photo/Golara Sajjadian)TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran hanged a woman on Saturday who was convicted of murdering a man she said was trying to rape her, the official IRNA news agency reported.





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