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Virus toll nears 500,000 in Dominican Republic
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Health authorities in the Dominican Republic say a mosquito-borne virus has now sickened nearly 500,000 people in the country, which is among the hardest hit by the outbreak in the Caribbean.... 9/19/2014 8:34 PM

Lawyer: EU court agrees to hear Berlusconi appeal
ROME (AP) -- A lawyer for ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi said Friday the European Court for Human Rights has agreed to take up one point of an appeal related to a tax fraud conviction that cost him his Senate seat.... 9/19/2014 8:25 PM

Paraguay: 3 guerrillas die in clash with troops
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) -- Paraguay's government says three members of a recently formed guerrilla group have died in a clash with security forces in the South American country.... 9/19/2014 8:16 PM

Brown credited with turning Scot independence tide
KIRKCALDY, Scotland (AP) -- Dour. Grim. Downright uninspiring. When Gordon Brown ended a disappointing three years as British prime minister in 2010, few would have credited him as the man most likely to swing a popular vote ever again.... 9/19/2014 8:12 PM

2 Iranians arrested in Kenya with forged passports
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A Kenyan official says two Iranians carrying forged Israeli passports have been arrested in Nairobi.... 9/19/2014 8:09 PM

After vote to stay in UK, Scots must heal divide
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- Following a long night that brought floods of relief for some and bitter disappointment for others, Scotland awoke with a hangover Friday after voting to reject independence.... 9/19/2014 7:56 PM

France joins US against Islamic State over Iraq
PARIS (AP) -- France is back at America's side in conducting military strikes in Iraq.... 9/19/2014 7:55 PM

UN urges global support for Iraq to fight terror
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council urged the international community Friday to expand support for the Iraqi government as it fights the Islamic State group and its supporters.... 9/19/2014 7:54 PM

Germany, France to provide airlifts in Ebola fight
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany says it plans to work with France to establish airlifts to Ebola-affected countries.... 9/19/2014 7:39 PM

France: Sarkozy announces political comeback
PARIS (AP) -- Nicolas Sarkozy may want his old job back.... 9/19/2014 7:32 PM

Air France pilots extend strike to Sept. 26
PARIS (AP) -- Air France pilots are prolonging a walkout that has grounded more than half the airline's flights all week.... 9/19/2014 7:08 PM

Syrian Kurds fleeing IS group cross into Turkey
BEIRUT (AP) -- Several thousand Syrians, most of them Kurds, crossed into Turkey on Friday to find refuge from Islamic State militants who have barreled through dozens of Kurdish villages in northern Syria in the past 48 hours.... 9/19/2014 7:02 PM

UN reaffirms support for force in Golan Heights
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council is reaffirming its "unconditional support" for maintaining the U.N. peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights that has been caught up in Syria's civil war.... 9/19/2014 6:57 PM

Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone confined its 6 million people to their homes Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages.... 9/19/2014 6:27 PM

Scotland 'No' fails to stop Catalan secession push
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Despite Scotland's decision to reject independence, lawmakers in Spain's Catalonia region voted overwhelmingly Friday to give their leader the power to call a secession referendum that the central government in Madrid has denounced as illegal.... 9/19/2014 6:23 PM

Bahrain: Protesters dismiss government plans
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Thousands of opposition supporters rallied in the tiny island nation of Bahrain on Friday to protest a proposal by the country's leadership for legislative, security and judicial reforms.... 9/19/2014 6:14 PM

Sweden: Russian military jets violate air space
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Sweden says it has summoned the Russian ambassador over an air space violation by two Russian military aircraft.... 9/19/2014 5:46 PM

Iran, 6 powers seek to unblock nuclear talks
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- With little more than two months to deadline, Iran and six world powers on Friday launched a fresh effort at narrowing stubborn differences on what nuclear concessions Tehran must agree to in exchange for full sanctions relief.... 9/19/2014 5:31 PM

Bomb attacks kill at least 31 people in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A series of vehicle bombings in Iraq killed at least 31 people Friday, officials said, in the second straight day of attacks in Baghdad blamed on Islamic militants who have seized large parts of the country.... 9/19/2014 5:07 PM

New round of Iran nuclear talks faces old hurdles
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Seven months and more than a half dozen rounds into talks on a substantive nuclear deal, Iran and six world powers gathering for another session appear no closer to an agreement.... 9/19/2014 5:03 PM