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Australian police detain 15 to prevent attack plot
SYDNEY (AP) -- Counterterrorism raids in Sydney on Thursday were sparked by security intelligence that the Islamic State movement was planning a random, violent attack in Australia as a demonstration of its reach, the prime minister said.... 9/18/2014 8:20 AM

Alibaba symbol of China's new tech giants
BEIJING (AP) -- Alibaba Group's U.S. stock offering is a wakeup call about an emerging wave of technology giants in China's state-dominated economy.... 9/18/2014 8:17 AM

Polls open in historic Scottish independence vote
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- Polls have opened across Scotland in a referendum that will decide whether the country leaves its 307-year-old union with England and becomes an independent state.... 9/18/2014 8:16 AM

Int'l monitors endorse Fiji election as credible
SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- International observers endorsed the landmark Fiji election as credible on Thursday, although most smaller political parties said they would not accept what appeared to be a decisive win for the South Pacific country's military ruler.... 9/18/2014 8:08 AM

India, China leaders to discuss trade, investment
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to bring prosperity to Asia and create opportunities for the world as he and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi began talks Thursday to deepen cooperation through investment and trade.... 9/18/2014 7:52 AM

Nearly 3 million Syrian children not in school
BEIRUT (AP) -- Nearly three million Syrian children are not attending school due to the war raging in their country, an international charity group said Thursday.... 9/18/2014 7:49 AM

Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial
URUMQI, China (AP) -- A Muslim Uighur scholar accused of separatism sought to show Thursday that his writings and classroom lectures, including rhetoric saying Chinese are dragons and Uighurs are wolves, were not a campaign to split his native Xinjiang region from China.... 9/18/2014 7:46 AM

UN's flight marks new era on Israel-Syria front
CAMP ZIOUANI, Golan Heights (AP) -- For four decades, a multinational United Nations mission has quietly monitored the sleepy Golan Heights - providing a symbol of stability between bitter enemies as it enforced a truce between Israel and Syria.... 9/18/2014 7:31 AM

Even seemingly benign causes draw China crackdown
BEIJING (AP) -- More than 30 people had gathered at Beijing's most august Buddhist temple to remember the siblings, children and parents lost exactly six months earlier when a Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared. They found themselves encircled by shouting police blocking them from speaking to reporters or entering the temple as a group.... 9/18/2014 7:27 AM

A guide to Scotland as independence vote nears
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- The people of Scotland will decide on Thursday whether to end a partnership with the rest of the United Kingdom that has lasted more than 300 years. Here is a guide to Scotland as the historic vote nears.... 9/18/2014 6:44 AM

Alibaba post-IPO structure gives insiders control
BEIJING (AP) -- Control over Alibaba Group will stay in the hands of founder Jack Ma and other company veterans after the Chinese e-commerce giant goes public on the New York Stock Exchange in a record busting share sale.... 9/18/2014 6:26 AM

Asian stocks mostly down after Fed meeting
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stock markets mostly fell Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve increased its estimate for the level of the central bank's benchmark interest rate by the end of 2015, surprising investors who expected a slower pace of rate hikes.... 9/18/2014 5:41 AM

Hyundai Motor to pay $9.6 billion for Gangnam land
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A consortium led by Hyundai Motor Co. has offered 10 trillion won ($9.6 billion) for land in Seoul's tony Gangnam district where it will build a new headquarters.... 9/18/2014 5:37 AM

Scotland's independence vote puts UK union on edge
LONDON (AP) -- Breaking up is hard to do, especially after 307 years. The entire United Kingdom will find out just how hard if Scotland chooses independence in Thursday's vote.... 9/18/2014 5:08 AM

Bangladesh empowers parliament to impeach judges
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Bangladesh's parliament now has the authority to impeach Supreme Court judges after lawmakers late Wednesday voted to approve a much-debated amendment to the constitution.... 9/18/2014 4:15 AM

Doctor: Ford to undergo 40 days of chemotherapy
TORONTO (AP) -- Doctors say Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will undergo 40 days of chemotherapy to treat a rare and difficult-to-beat cancer that forced him to drop his bid for re-election.... 9/18/2014 4:06 AM

AP Interview: Silva seeks grassroots Brazil reform
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Front-running presidential candidate Marina Silva says the key to her support among millions of Brazilians who joined in anti-government protests last year is her understanding that reforming a broken political system will come from the ground up.... 9/18/2014 4:05 AM

Police step up security in Los Cabos after Odile
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (AP) -- Police stepped up patrolling overnight in the resort area of Los Cabos, where looters stripped many stores of goods and tens of thousands faced a fourth day without water or power Thursday in the aftermath of Hurricane Odile.... 9/18/2014 4:03 AM

AP PHOTOS: Survivor of Peru massacre guides team
PACCHA, Peru (AP) -- This remote hamlet on fertile Andean slopes beside the Apurimac river has been a ghost town for three decades, inhabited only by the buried bodies of villagers slain by security forces who considered them rebel sympathizers.... 9/18/2014 4:01 AM

Japan, neighbors agree to moves to protect eels
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan has agreed to cut purchases of eel fry from neighboring East Asian countries by 20 percent as part of moves to protect the endangered species.... 9/18/2014 3:32 AM