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Four killed in protest of upcoming elections

CAIRO (AP) – Hundreds of supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi took to the streets Friday to protest the decision by the country’s former military chief to run in upcoming presidential elections, sparking scattered clashes that claimed four lives.

The former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi led the ouster of Morsi in July after millions joined demonstrations demanding he step down. El-Sissi resigned from the military and made his much-anticipated announcement launching his presidential campaign Wednesday. He is widely expected to win.

Friday’s rallies took place in several cities, including areas in and around the capital of Cairo and in the northern city of Alexandria.


Shooter killed after wounding officer

BRAMPTON, Ont. – A police officer was wounded and a shooter was killed during an exchange of gunfire at a Toronto-area courthouse Friday, according to police reports.

A man entered a court in Brampton and shot a police officer, Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit said in a statement. Police fired back and killed the shooter, according to the statement.

The police officer was rushed to hospital, Constable George Tudos, a spokesman for Peel Regional Police, said in a phone interview. “We don’t know the extent of the injuries at this time,” he said.

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Ebola virus spreading; at least 70 have died

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) – Health officials in the West African nation of Guinea say they’re now treating eight cases of Ebola in the capital.

Dr. Sakoba Keita, a spokesman for the health ministry, announced on national television the virus had reached the city of 3 million.

Keita said Friday at least 70 people have died in the country’s south since the Ebola outbreak began last week.

The highly infectious virus causes hemorrhagic fever in its victims, with a fatality rate of up to 90 percent.

Keita said the new cases involved patients who had been in contact with the body of one of the earlier victims. He said health officials were seeking to quarantine anyone who took part in the burials.

Authorities in neighboring Liberia are also investigating several suspected cases.


Tourists among sheep at farmers’ protest

PARIS (AP) – It’s not every day that you can stand in line at the Louvre Museum next to a flock of live sheep.

But that’s what happened to tourists Friday caught up in a protest by small farmers beneath the glass pyramid of the Paris museum.

Louvre officials said there were no arrests or damage in the protest, and it didn’t disrupt operations at one of the world’s most-visited tourist sites

The few dozen protesters, from the Peasants’ Confederation, are angry at proposed subsidy cuts that they say unfairly punish small farms and favor big agribusiness. The cuts are part of a broader reform of European Union agricultural policy.