From the News Desk: 23-10-2014

The Source’s round up of the top news stories this week.

  • Ottawa shootings: Gunman killed after attack on Canadian parliament
  • Ebola outbreak escalated last week
  • Australian teenager Abdullah Elmir threatened PM Tony Abbot in IS video
  • Microsoft intends to name smartphones Lumia instead of Nokia
  • Brisbane preparing a three-week cultural celebration for G20

Ottawa shootings: Gunman killed after attack on Canadian parliament

The gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. Photo: Twitter CBC Ottawa

A gunman was killed after he shot and murdered a 24-year-old soldier at a war memorial in Ottawa.

Security forces have been on alert across Canada, with no confirmation the attack was linked to IS or the new military campaign.

The University of Ottawa, local police building and US embassy were placed on lockdown after the event.

(More at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-29733735)

Ebola outbreak escalated last week 

Ebola virus. Photo: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Nigeria Ebola free after six weeks with no new cases.

WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz said it was a spectacular success story.

Ebola affected Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Spain and rumoured to have hit the United States of America.

Nossal Institute for Global Health’s Professor Barbara McPake said Ebola is likely to hit Australia in the coming months, but transmission and fatality rates will not be high.

(More at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28754546)

 

Australian teenager Abdullah Elmir threatened PM Tony Abbot in IS video

Australian teenager Abdullah Elmir. Photo: ABC News

A 17-year-old Australian Islamic State member appeared in a propaganda video telling Prime Minister Tony Abbott the terrorist group will never stop fighting.

Elmir went missing from his home in Sydney’s west at the end of June along with another 16-year-old Australian boy who was later intercepted by his father and returned to Australia.

Director at the Global Terrorism Research Centre Greg Barton said the video is obviously a recruitment pitch.

(More at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-21/australian-is-fighter-threatens-tony-abbott-in-video/5830040)

Microsoft intends to name smartphones Lumia instead of Nokia

 

A Windows Nokia Phone on display at Microsoft’s annual shareholder meeting. Photo: Reuters/Jason Redmond

Microsoft will change the Nokia name for its Lumia range of smartphones just months after buying Nokia’s handset business with $7.2 billion.

Finland’s Nokia will focus on networks, mapping and technology licensing in the feature.

Microsoft said they planned to use Nokia’s name for its lower-end mobile phones for 10 years, but only a “limited” time for their smartphones.

(More at: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/22/us-microsoft-nokia-idUSKCN0IB2AY20141022)

Brisbane preparing a three-week cultural celebration for G20

Brisbane sign at South Bank.    Photo: G20 Cultural Celebrations official website

The 23-day program from the 24th October to the 16th November will show Brisbane’s culture to the world through music, dance and light shows.

A special opening night of the G20 Cultural Celebrations will be held tomorrow at Cultural Forecourt outside South Bank.

Brisbane is the first host city to run ‘G20 Cultural Celebrations’ whilst welcoming the leaders to the summit.

(More at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-22/g20-brisbane-music-light-and-colour-set-to-welcome-world/5832340)

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