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Car bomb attacks kill 20 people in Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A series of car bombings targeting a Shiite mosque and markets in the Iraqi capital killed at least 20 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 12:41 PM

Burger King Japan's latest meal is the new black
TOKYO (AP) -- The first Kuro, or black, burger had a signature black bun and sauce. Last year's edition, the Kuro Ninja, added a slice of (non-black) bacon to the signature black components. Now Burger King Japan is going black on black.... 9/19/2014 12:33 PM

Nepal clears Indian firm to build hydropower plant
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal's government signed an agreement Friday with Indian company GMR to build the Himalayan nation's largest hydroelectric plant in a small step toward easing chronic power shortages and attracting new investment.... 9/19/2014 12:31 PM

3 Eastern European countries form joint brigade
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania are forming a joint military unit that will be headquartered in Poland and will work to strengthen their military cooperation and will participate in peacekeeping missions.... 9/19/2014 12:28 PM

France strikes Islamic State group's depot in Iraq
PARIS (AP) -- Joining U.S. forces acting in Iraqi skies, France conducted its first airstrikes Friday against the militant Islamic State group, destroying a logistics depot, Iraqi and French officials said.... 9/19/2014 12:27 PM

Scotland: Who won? Who lost?
LONDON (AP) -- Who won and who lost in Scotland's independence referendum?... 9/19/2014 12:24 PM

Bomb kills 2 Lebanese soldiers near Syria border
BEIRUT (AP) -- Attackers detonated a roadside bomb against a passing army truck near the Syrian border Friday, killing two soldiers and wounding three in the latest spillover from the civil war next door.... 9/19/2014 12:20 PM

Iranian youth behind 'Happy' video sentenced
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A defense lawyer in Iran says six young Iranian men and women videotaped dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and the video's director have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and lashes.... 9/19/2014 12:19 PM

Scotland 'No' fails to stop Catalan secession push
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Scotland's decision to stay within the United Kingdom cost separatists across Europe political momentum they could have gained for their own independence ambitions. But the regional parliament in Spain's Catalonia was still expected Friday to grant its leader the power to call a secession referendum denounced as illegal by the central government in Madrid.... 9/19/2014 12:19 PM

Spain's Telefonica buys Brazilian operator GVT
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish telecoms company Telefonica says it has reached a deal to buy Brazilian operator GVT from French media conglomerate Vivendi.... 9/19/2014 12:18 PM

Scotland votes to remain part of United Kingdom
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 12:16 PM

US officials condemn Bosnia leaders over flood aid
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- U.S. diplomats say after May's devastating floods, international agencies have done more to help the recovery efforts than local leaders who have used this humanitarian tragedy for "cronyism, party advantage, backroom deals and blame shifting."... 9/19/2014 12:04 PM

Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Thousands of health workers began knocking on doors across Sierra Leone on Friday in search of hidden Ebola cases as the entire West African nation was locked down in their homes in an unprecedented effort to combat the deadly disease.... 9/19/2014 12:01 PM

Germany charges 3 with supporting Islamic State
BERLIN (AP) -- German federal prosecutors say they've charged a man and two women with supporting the Islamic State extremist group.... 9/19/2014 12:01 PM

Fierce fighting in Yemeni capital kills 120
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Shiite rebels and Sunni militiamen battled in the streets of the Yemeni capital for a second day Friday in fighting that has killed at least 120 people, driven thousands from their homes and virtually shut down the country's main airport. The battles are raising fears of greater sectarian conflict, unseen for decades in Yemen.... 9/19/2014 11:57 AM

2-time Grand Slam winner Li Na retires from tour
BEIJING (AP) -- Relying on fitness and a strong baseline game, Li Na reached the pinnacle of tennis and lifted the level of the sport in Asia to unprecedented heights.... 9/19/2014 11:46 AM

PM says al-Qaida holds no appeal for India Muslims
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said al-Qaida is "delusional" if it believes it holds any appeal for India's large Muslim population.... 9/19/2014 11:44 AM

Morocco expands laws against jihad seekers
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- With hundreds of Moroccans heading to Syria and Iraq to fight with extremists groups, Morocco has presented a new law criminalizing training with extremists or attempting to reach their camps.... 9/19/2014 11:34 AM

World stocks rise as Scotland votes to stay in UK
HONG KONG (AP) -- World stocks rose and the British pound rallied briefly on 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 their highest since 2007 as the yen extended losses against the dollar.... 9/19/2014 11:23 AM

Floods shut down Philippine capital, 3 killed
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Torrential monsoon rains worsened by a tropical storm flooded large swathes of the Philippine capital and nearby provinces Friday, leaving at least three people dead and displacing tens of thousands just days after the region was drenched by a typhoon.... 9/19/2014 11:16 AM