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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 12:53 AM

Maduro says foreign media behind fears of epidemic
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Nicolas Maduro accused CNN and other international media on Thursday of conspiring against his government by publishing what he called false reports of a mysterious illness.... 9/19/2014 12:12 AM

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.... 9/18/2014 11:50 PM

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.... 9/18/2014 11:19 PM

UN warns of food shortages for Syrians
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- 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.... 9/18/2014 11:07 PM

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.... 9/18/2014 10:59 PM

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.... 9/18/2014 10:51 PM

Mexico boosts Los Cabos security after looting
LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) -- 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.... 9/18/2014 10:51 PM

US: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months
PARIS (AP) -- 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.... 9/18/2014 10:50 PM

Argentina approves law for controlling prices
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's congress on Thursday approved a law that lets the government intervene in setting prices and profits in an attempt to tackle one of the hemisphere's worst inflation rates.... 9/18/2014 10:45 PM

Cardinals debate marriage before crucial meeting
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The battle lines are being drawn before a major church meeting on family issues that represents a key test for Pope Francis.... 9/18/2014 10:33 PM

Boyfriend jeans a hit on the Milan runway
MILAN (AP) -- Hey girlfriend, baggy boyfriend jeans are all the rage on the Milan runway this season.... 9/18/2014 10:31 PM

AP PHOTOS: Hurricane Odile's devastation in Mexico
LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) -- 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.... 9/18/2014 10:29 PM

Yemen's Shiite rebels attack state TV building
Sanaa, Yemen (AP) -- 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.... 9/18/2014 10:17 PM

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.... 9/18/2014 10:04 PM

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.... 9/18/2014 9:59 PM

Arrests in Chile bomb attack focus on anarchists
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- 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.... 9/18/2014 9:42 PM

7 killed while on Guinea Ebola education campaign
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- 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.... 9/18/2014 9:40 PM

NY developer to invest $108 million in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's government on Thursday announced the construction of a $108 million real estate project as the island tries to emerge from a nearly decade-long economic slump with help from U.S. investors.... 9/18/2014 9:30 PM

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.... 9/18/2014 9:03 PM