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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 9:46 AM

France strikes Islamic State group's depot in Iraq
PARIS (AP) -- France announced Friday it had conducted its first airstrike in Iraq and had destroyed a logistics depot held by the Islamic State group.... 9/19/2014 9:46 AM

Indian state TV sacks anchor over China blunder
NEW DELHI (AP) -- A news anchor for India's state TV channel has been fired after she referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as "Eleven" Jingping - apparently mistaking his name for a Roman numeral, a top official at the station said Friday.... 9/19/2014 9:45 AM

Russian PM: Moscow ready to cooperate with West
MOSCOW (AP) -- Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Russia is ready to cooperate with the West despite efforts to isolate Moscow with economic sanctions.... 9/19/2014 9:38 AM

Donetsk cleans up from shelling in eastern Ukraine
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- The rebel-held city of Donetsk is holding a city-wide clean-up day after months of shelling in eastern Ukraine, sending prisoners out to help remove the debris.... 9/19/2014 9:35 AM

Car bomb attack kills 8 people in Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi authorities say a car bomb blast near a Shiite mosque has killed eight people in Baghdad.... 9/19/2014 9:32 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 9:32 AM

China fines GSK $492 million for bribery
BEIJING (AP) -- A former executive of drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline and four Chinese co-defendants have been sentenced to prison in a bribery case but may never have to serve that time.... 9/19/2014 9:31 AM

Uganda's president fires top challenger for power
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has fired his prime minister, a former ally who is widely expected to seek the presidency in elections in 2016.... 9/19/2014 9:30 AM

New Zealand's election-day gag: no public politics
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A heated campaign has been running for weeks in New Zealand, but when people go to the polls Saturday, there will be no discussion of the election in the newspapers, on Twitter or even in song.... 9/19/2014 9:27 AM


PARIS (AP) -- French president: First French airstrike destroys depot of Islamic State group in Iraq.... 9/19/2014 9:23 AM

Investors breathe sigh of relief at Scottish vote
LONDON (AP) -- Scotland's decision to reject independence from the United Kingdom shored up British stocks on Friday but worries over future constitutional changes kept a lid on the relief rally.... 9/19/2014 9:22 AM

Poland picks new foreign minister in reshuffle
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's prime minister-designate on Friday named a new foreign minister to replace Radek Sikorski, who has been a forceful voice internationally on the conflict in Ukraine.... 9/19/2014 9:17 AM

UK to make changes after Scotland vote keeps union
LONDON (AP) -- Voters in Scotland have rejected independence, but leaders of Britain's three largest parties have promised Scots more autonomy than they have won so far. Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday he also wants to give England, Wales and Northern Ireland greater independence from central government. Here's a look at how things might change.... 9/19/2014 9:12 AM

Pound, stocks rise as Scotland votes to stay in UK
HONG KONG (AP) -- The British pound jumped and world stocks 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 their highest since 2007 as the yen extended losses against the dollar.... 9/19/2014 9:08 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 9:04 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

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

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

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