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China fines GSK $492M, jails managers for bribery
BEIJING (AP) -- A court fined British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline 3 billion yuan ($492 million) and sentenced its British former country manager and others to prison on Friday for bribing doctors and hospitals to use its products, a state news agency reported.... 9/19/2014 8:43 AM

Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- 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.... 9/19/2014 8:34 AM

Scots reject independence in historic vote
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- Scottish voters have resoundingly rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.... 9/19/2014 8:31 AM

Spain's Catalonia to take step for secession vote
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- A day after Scotland rejected breaking away from Britain, the regional parliament in Spain's Catalonia is expected to grant its leader the power to call a secession referendum that the central government in Madrid says would be illegal.... 9/19/2014 8:29 AM

Radek Sikorski replaced as Polish foreign minister
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's prime minister-designate has named a new foreign minister to replace Radek Sikorski, who has been a forceful voice internationally on the conflict in Ukraine.... 9/19/2014 8:18 AM

Nigeria: Church obstructed rescue, lives lost
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Nigeria's emergency agency says lives were lost as church officials prevented workers from rescuing victims at the scene of a collapsed building in Lagos.... 9/19/2014 8:18 AM

Floods shut down Philippine capital
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Heavy rains from a storm and the seasonal monsoon caused widespread flooding Friday in the Philippine capital and nearby provinces, shutting down schools and government offices.... 9/19/2014 8:09 AM

Investors breathe sigh of relief at Scottish vote
LONDON (AP) -- Scotland's decision to reject independence from the United Kingdom helped shore up British markets Friday but worries over future constitutional changes kept a lid on the relief rally.... 9/19/2014 8:06 AM

Pound, stocks rise as Scotland votes to stay in UK
HONG KONG (AP) -- The British pound jumped and world stock benchmarks rose Friday as Scotland voted to stay part of the United Kingdom, avoiding a messy breakup that could have roiled financial markets. Japanese shares surged to a level not seen since before the global financial crisis the as the yen extended losses against the dollar.... 9/19/2014 7:53 AM

Nepal clears Indian firm to build power plant
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal's government has endorsed plans for Indian company GMR to build the Himalayan nation's largest hydro power plant in a small step toward easing chronic power shortages and attracting new investment, officials said Friday.... 9/19/2014 7:45 AM

Artist says tax case shows China's dark side
BEIJING (AP) -- China's best-known artist dissident Ai Weiwei blasted his country's Communist government for losing its principles and using underhanded ploys to try to silence critics.... 9/19/2014 7:29 AM

Airlines halt flights to Yemen amid fighting
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Foreign airlines halted flights to the main international airport in the Sanaa because of heavy fighting between Shiite rebels and Sunni militias in the Yemeni capital, the state civil aviation authority said Friday.... 9/19/2014 7:29 AM

Militants threaten ancient sites in Iraq, Syria
BAGHDAD (AP) -- For more than 5,000 years, numerous civilizations have left their mark on upper Mesopotamia - from Assyrians and Akkadians to Babylonians and Romans. Their ancient, buried cities, palaces and temples packed with monumental art are scattered across what is now northern Iraq and eastern Syria.... 9/19/2014 7:14 AM

Philippine peacekeepers pull out early from Golan
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The bulk of Filipino peacekeepers of more than 240 soldiers have pulled out two weeks early from the U.N. mission in the Golan Heights due to escalating fighting in the border region, the Philippine military said Friday.... 9/19/2014 7:12 AM

AP Photos: Scenes from Iraq's Mosul then and now
CAIRO (AP) -- Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, is locked under the rule of extremists from the Islamic State group trying to purge it of everything they see as contradicting their stark vision of Islam.... 9/19/2014 7:08 AM

Alibaba mega IPO caps founder Jack Ma success tale
HONG KONG (AP) -- When Jack Ma founded Alibaba 15 years ago he insisted the e-commerce venture should see itself as competing against Silicon Valley, not other Chinese companies. That bold ambition from a time when China was still a corporate backwater has been vindicated this week by Alibaba completing a mammoth sale of shares to investors in the U.S. and elsewhere.... 9/19/2014 6:50 AM

North Korea struts in style on world sports stage
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea is making a statement on the international sports stage - a fashion statement.... 9/19/2014 6:48 AM

UK leader pledges to honor promises to Scotland
LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to live up to commitments to Scotland made ahead of the independence vote, including plans for new powers on tax, spending and welfare.... 9/19/2014 6:33 AM

2-time Grand Slam winner Li Na retires from tour
BEIJING (AP) -- Li Na, a two-time Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, has retired due to recurring knee injuries.... 9/19/2014 5:39 AM

Malaysian student sentenced to 1 year for sedition
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A Malaysian court sentenced a student democracy activist to a year in jail on Friday after finding him guilty of sedition, drawing immediate condemnation from human rights groups who accuse the government of using the colonial-era law to stifle freedom of expression.... 9/19/2014 5:13 AM