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Cameron's EU rival Juncker delivers another blow to PM

Prime Minister David Cameron has received another blow in his battle with Europe over immigration rules, this time from the man he attempted - in vain - to deny gaining power in the European Commission.

Incoming EC president Jean-Claude Juncker labelled Cameron's bid to change the rules on freedom of movement in Europe as "irresponsible", echoing the stance of his predecessor José Manuel Barroso.

Cameron will tomorrow meet with the leaders of the other 27 nations in the European Union but is expected to face near complete opposition to his proposals to change one of the union's founding principles.

Canadian PM: 'It's important for parliament to continue'

Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has voiced determination that the shooting in the capital would not deter the government and parliament.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is briefed by Royal Canadian Mounted Police commissioner Bob Paulson.

"While the prime minister stated that facts are still being gathered, he condemned this despicable attack," a statement from the prime minister's office said.

"The prime minister reiterated the importance of the continued functioning of the government and our parliament."


Police refuse to confirm if shooting suspect was known to them

Canadian police have refused to say if the shooting suspect was known to them.

Gilles Michaud of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police declined to confirm if the suspect was known, saying: "It's our responsibility to protect the public, if we would have known this was coming we would have been able to disrupt it."

Police cannot confirm if same person involved in both attacks

Police cannot confirm that the same person attacked both the War Memorial and parliament.

When asked if there was still a shooter at large Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said: "We're still investigating the active operation, we're in the process in clearing and securing Parliament Hill and that's a slow and methodical approach."

David Cameron 'appalled' by Ottawa attack

The Prime Minister has offered his full support to his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper after the shooting incident in Ottawa.


MPs 'scattered as rat-a-tat shots were heard' in parliament

An armed man burst into the parliament building and ran right by the door where Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was addressing a meeting of legislators, a cabinet minister told Reuters.

"PM was addressing caucus, then a huge boom, followed by rat-a-tat shots. We all scattered. It was clearly right outside our caucus door," Treasury Board Minister Tony Clement said.

The Conservative Party caucus room is shown shortly after shooting began on Parliament Hill. Credit: REUTERS/MP Nina Grewal/Handout

Eyewitnesses say police chased the man in the building and say at least 30 shots were fired. A few minutes earlier, a soldier had been shot at the nearby National War Memorial in Ottawa.

UK officers examine Thai probe of backpacker murders

Three British officers are in Thailand to begin a week's examination of the local police investigation into the murders of British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller, the Foreign Office has said.

The trio - a Metropolitan DCI from the homicide and major crime unit, a Metropolitan forensic ops coordinator and an experienced homicide detective from Norfolk Police - arrived in Bangkok yesterday and will travel to the island of Koh Tao in the coming days.

Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were discovered on a beach on Koh Tao last month.

The FCO officers' remit is to meet their Thai counterparts and gain a better understanding of the probe into the backpacker murders following claims the two Burmese bar workers accused of the killings have withdrawn their confessions.

A spokesperson said the British team, whose passage to Thailand was brokered by Prime Minister David Cameron after the country's military ruler dropped his objections, may offer additional assistance if is requested by the Thai authorities.

Police confirm one suspect dead and no one in custody

The police also updated the locations of today's attacks, saying they occurred at the National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill and not at Rideau Centre, as had been believed.

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