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Sweden calls off weeklong search for suspected submarine in Stockholm archipelago

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Swedish authorities called off their weeklong search for a suspected submarine in the Stockholm archipelago Friday, saying the presumed intruder had probably escaped into the Baltic Sea.

Naval and amphibious forces were ordered back to base, while some ground forces remained in the search area, military officials said. READ

Investigators see no clear terror link in hatchet attack on NYC officers

A man who brazenly attacked a group of police officers with a hatchet on a busy street described himself as a Muslim convert and ranted online against America, but he had no clear ties to international terrorism, police said Friday. READ

Ebola case in New York City brings demands for quarantining doctors

The case of the U.S. doctor stricken with Ebola left lawmakers, scientists and ordinary New Yorkers wondering why he was out on the town after his return from West Africa — and why stronger steps aren’t being taken to quarantine medical workers. READ

Powder-filled envelope sends employee at Cdn consulate in Turkey to hospital

Canada’s consulate in Istanbul was closed Friday after an employee opened a package filled with yellow powder. READ

White House fence jumper charged with assault, making threats

The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night has been charged with felonies for assaulting two police dogs and making threats, the Secret Service said Thursday. READ

Ohio teen collapses at haunted house attraction, dies of heart abnormality

A 16-year-old girl collapsed at a haunted house attraction in southwest Ohio and died of a heart abnormality. READ

Oscar Pistorius goes to jail after being sentenced to 5 years in prison for killing girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. READ

CDC releases new Ebola gear guidelines for health workers; monitoring ends for some in Dallas

The government announced Tuesday that everyone travelling to the United States from Ebola-afflicted African nations will have to be screened at one of five airports, as officials took to the road with new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers who might be at risk of contracting the disease. READ

Hong Kong leader says ’external forces’ involved in pro-democracy protests, provides no proof

Hong Kong’s leader has claimed that “external forces” are participating in student-led pro-democracy protests that have occupied parts of this financial capital for more than three weeks, but provided no evidence to back his accusation. READ

Mexican federal police assume control of 13 municipalities linked to cartels, missing students

Federal police have taken control of 13 municipalities in southern Mexico where local police are suspected of links to organized crime and possibly to the case of 43 missing students, a top official said. READ

Despite sharp U.S. criticism, Jews occupy more homes in contested Arab area of Jerusalem

Residents of a hotly contested part of east Jerusalem said armed Israeli guards moved into two buildings in the area before dawn Monday — a step likely to raise already heightened tensions in the disputed neighbourhood. READ

Canada won’t send medical staff to West Africa without evacuation plan: Ambrose

Health Minister Rona Ambrose says Canada is looking at options for sending medical personnel to West Africa. READ

US man gets life in prison without parole for teen’s killing in dispute over loud music

A man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Florida convenience store was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole. READ

UN document admits WHO badly fumbled response to Ebola, says top officials unaware of severity

In a draft document, the World Health Organization has acknowledged that it botched attempts to stop the now-spiraling Ebola outbreak in West Africa, blaming factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information. READ

Powerful Hurricane Gonzalo roars toward nighttime pass over Bermuda as Category 3 storm

Hurricane Gonzalo pounded Bermuda with wind and heavy surf Friday, bearing down on the tiny British territory as a powerful Category 3 storm that could raise coastal seas as much as 10 feet (3 metres). READ

Hong Kong leader offers talks to student protesters as anger mounts over police violence

Hong Kong’s leader tried to soothe tensions with student-led democracy protesters Thursday by reviving an offer of talks, though public anger over a video of police kicking a handcuffed activist complicates efforts to end an increasingly bitter political standoff. READ

Syrian Kurdish official appeals for weapons for Kobani fighters

In its battle for the Syrian town of Kobani, the Islamic State group enjoys a key advantage: a supply of weapons, ammunition and fighters shuttling between Syria and Iraq. READ

Bermuda braces as Category 4 Hurricane Gonzalo barrels toward it

People on the tiny British territory of Bermuda rushed Thursday to batten down for Hurricane Gonzalo, which was roaring toward them as a major Category 4 storm just days after a tropical storm damaged homes and knocked down trees and power lines. READ

U.S. health officials defend Ebola response

Health officials said Thursday they still don’t know how two Dallas nurses caught Ebola from a patient, as criticism increased from lawmakers who questioned whether the U.S. is prepared to stop the deadly virus from spreading in the country. READ

Quebec woman tells harrowing tale of surviving avalanche and blizzard in Nepal

A Canadian survivor of the Nepal avalanche that has killed 27 people is telling a harrowing tale of survival and being buried waist-high in thick, heavy snow. READ

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