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CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — Roadblocks have been removed outside the northeastern Pennsylvania community where police have been searching for the suspect in last week's deadly police barracks ambush. State police say they've still had no contact with Eric Frein (freen). They are urging residents to take "extreme caution" in the Pocono Mountains area where the 31-year-old lived with his parents.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's former finance minister has been named the country's next president. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (ahsh-RAHF' gah-NEE' ah-mahd-ZEYE') also has signed a power sharing agreement with his opponent in the presidential election. Abdullah Abdullah will fill the newly created position of chief executive. The Obama administration is applauding the deal saying it will restore "confidence in the way forward" in Afghanistan.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States' ambassador to the United Nations says more than 40 countries are pledging support for the fight against Islamic State group militants. But Ambassador Samantha Power is not naming them, saying they will announce their own plans in their own time. Meanwhile, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey says Arab countries need to take a more direct role before the mission can be credible and sustainable.

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's parliament speaker says the U.S. should work with Damascus in assembling a coalition to battle the Islamic State extremist group rather than allying with nations that support terrorism. The comment in a parliament session today was an apparent reference to Saudi Arabia and other countries that back rebels trying to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad.

LONDON (AP) — Scotland's independence leader says voters were "tricked" into rejecting Scottish independence in Thursday's vote by a last-minute vow. All three of Britain's main parties signed a pact to pass laws to transfer key decision-making powers from London to Edinburgh. But Alex Salmond, who will step down as Scotland's first minister in November, is accusing Britain's politicians of reneging on their promises. British Prime Minister David Cameron says the changes should be linked to constitutional reform in England.

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