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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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Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  posted 14 minutes ago
The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians. But terrorism experts on Friday questioned whether the ruthless movement had the capacity or inclination to sustain a terror campaign so far from the Middle East.
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Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola

Clarence Roy-MacAulay, Associated Press  |  posted 34 minutes ago
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 warns of food shortages for Syrians

Trenton Daniel, Associated Press  |  posted 44 minutes ago
The United Nations on Thursday said that it is running out of money to pay for its food programs for almost 6 million Syrians who have been displaced by the country's civil war and that aid will be cut.
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Maduro says foreign media behind fears of epidemic

The Associated Press  |  posted 54 minutes ago
President Nicolas Maduro is accusing CNN and other international media of conspiring against Venezuela's government by publishing what he calls false reports of a mysterious illness.
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Witness: 21 killed by Mexico army had surrendered

Mark Stevenson, E. Eduardo Castillo, Associated Press  |  posted 54 minutes ago
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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Militant gains illustrate plight of Syrian Kurds

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 4:52pm
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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Mexico boosts Los Cabos security after looting

Ignacio Martinez De Jesus, Alba Mora Roca, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 4:52pm
Federal police on Thursday vowed to crack down on lawlessness and restore order in the hurricane-stricken resort area of Los Cabos after looting emptied store shelves and unnerved residents who worried their homes could be next.
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US: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 4:51pm
Moderate Syrian rebels, once they are made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday.
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Yemen's Shiite rebels attack state TV building

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 4:21pm
Yemen's state television said on Thursday that its headquarters in a northwestern suburb of the capital Sanaa has come under attack by Shiite rebels.
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AP PHOTOS: Hurricane Odile's devastation in Mexico

The Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 4:21pm
A highway bridge dangles into a raging river. The collapsed roof of an auto dealership lies on a half dozen cars. Inside a looted Wal-Mart superstore, there's nothing but puddles, trash and empty shelves.
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British hostage appears in new video

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 4:11pm
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

Baba Ahmed, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 4:01pm
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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7 killed while on Guinea Ebola education campaign

The Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 3:53pm
The prime minister of Guinea says seven bodies have been found in rural Guinea after a group of local residents attacked Guinean health workers carrying out Ebola awareness efforts in a rural area.
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Arrests in Chile bomb attack focus on anarchists

Luis Andres Henao, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 3:51pm
Chilean officials said Thursday they have arrested three members of an anarchist cell suspected in the country's worst bomb attack in more than two decades, focusing new attention on a loose-knit movement that has attracted thousands while alarming authorities.
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UN calls Ebola a threat to international peace

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 3:11pm
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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Greece: March to honor slain rapper turns violent

The Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 2:42pm
More than 50 people were detained by police Thursday after clashes broke out during a rally west of Athens to honor a rap singer stabbed to death a year ago.
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Rob Ford releases audio statement from hospital

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 2:41pm
Just hours before he begins aggressive chemotherapy for a rare and difficult-to-beat cancer, a rough-sounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford released an audio statement from his hospital room on Thursday urging people to vote for his brother for mayor.
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Mexico boosts Los Cabos security after looting

The Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 1:51pm
Mexican federal police are vowing to crack down on lawlessness in the resort area of Los Cabos.
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New center-left Slovenian govt voted into office

The Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 1:51pm
Slovenia's parliament has voted into office a new center-left government in the small eurozone nation that narrowly avoided bailout last year.
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Series of attacks kills at least 36 in Iraq

Sameer N. Yacoub, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 1:51pm
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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15 Syrian children die after getting vaccinations

Diaa Hadid, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 1:44pm
At least 15 children died after receiving vaccinations in rebel-held parts of northwestern Syria, while the death toll from two days of government airstrikes on a central city climbed to nearly 50, a heavy toll even by the vicious standards of the country's civil war, activists said.
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France to carry out airstrikes in Iraq

Greg Keller, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 1:41pm
France has agreed to carry out airstrikes requested by Iraq to bolster its fight against the Islamic State group's fighters who've captured swathes of the country, President Francois Hollande said Thursday.
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Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola

The Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 1:21pm
The Western African nation of Sierra Leone is taking drastic steps to try to slow the spread of the Ebola virus. Starting at midnight tonight, there will be a three-day nationwide shutdown. The nation's six million people will be confined to their homes while volunteers search house-to-house for Ebola victims in hiding. They'll also be handing out soap.
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