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Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial
URUMQI, China (AP) -- A prominent Muslim Uighur scholar being tried on separatism charges told a court in far western China that he never advocated the overthrow of Chinese rule in his native Xinjiang, according to his lawyer....
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High turnout seen in Scotland's independence vote
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment - and the rest of the United Kingdom held its breath - after voters turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum that could end Scotland's 307-year union with England....
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Militant gains illustrate plight of Syrian Kurds
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State militiamen backed by tanks defiantly advanced Thursday in Syria, capturing more than 20 Kurdish villages as the international community strains to assemble a coalition that might destroy them....
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Strong Senate vote for Obama on Syria rebel aid
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants Thursday night, reluctant ratification of a new strategy that President Barack Obama outlined scarcely a week ago....
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British hostage appears in new video
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists....
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Roadside bombs kills 5 UN peacekeepers in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A roadside bomb in northern Mali killed five U.N. peacekeepers and wounded several others on Thursday, a spokesman said of the latest in a string of deadly attacks on the force....
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Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- In a desperate bid to slow West Africa's accelerating Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million people confined to their homes for three days starting Friday while volunteers conduct a house-to-house search for victims in hiding....
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UN calls Ebola a threat to international peace
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council called the Ebola outbreak in Africa "a threat to international peace and security" Thursday and urged the world to provide health experts, field hospitals and medical supplies to combat the rapidly accelerating and deadly virus....
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Mexico rights body probes deadly army-gang faceoff
ARCELIA, Mexico (AP) -- Mexico's Civil Rights Commission says it is investigating the circumstances of a June confrontation between the army and a suspected drug gang that left 22 people dead....
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French president quizzed over domestic failures
PARIS (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande sought Thursday to stake out a forceful position on international affairs, even as his failures on the domestic stage continue to mount....
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