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Vote counting begins in Scotland on independence
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 the country'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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Witness: 21 killed by Mexico army had surrendered
ARCELIA, Mexico (AP) -- A woman says she saw Mexican soldiers shoot and kill her 15-year-old daughter after a confrontation with a suspected drug gang even though the teenager was lying wounded on the ground. Twenty others also were shot and killed in rural southern Mexico after they surrendered and were disarmed, the mother told The Associated Press....
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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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Series of attacks kills at least 36 in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A series of bomb and mortar shell attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 36 people, Iraqi officials said Thursday, in an assault that underscored the threat posed to the Iraqi capital by marauding Islamic militants that have seized large parts of country....
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