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Early results suggest Scots reject independence
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- Voters in Scotland turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum and early results suggested they were not in favor of ending Scotland's 307-year union with England.... 9/19/2014 4:22 AM

Pound rises as Scottish results favor union
HONG KONG (AP) -- The British pound jumped as investors bet that Scottish voters would reject independence based on results that cover more than half of Scotland. Japanese stocks rallied as the yen extended losses against the dollar while other Asian benchmarks were subdued for lack of major economic data.... 9/19/2014 4:16 AM

2-time Grand Slam winner Li Na retires from tour
BEIJING (AP) -- Li Na, a two-time Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, has retired due to recurring knee injuries.... 9/19/2014 4:13 AM

Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial
URUMQI, China (AP) -- A prominent Muslim Uighur scholar being tried on separatism charges told a court in far western China that he never advocated the overthrow of Chinese rule in his native Xinjiang, according to his lawyer.... 9/19/2014 4:08 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, officials said Friday.... 9/19/2014 4:04 AM

Malaysian activist jailed a year for sedition
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A Malaysian court has sentenced an activist to a year in jail for remarks made at a forum last year that the court said could have incited the public to overthrow the government through street protests.... 9/19/2014 4:02 AM

Mexico rights body probes deadly army-gang faceoff
ARCELIA, Mexico (AP) -- Mexico's Civil Rights Commission says it is investigating the circumstances of a June confrontation between the army and a suspected drug gang that left 22 people dead.... 9/19/2014 4:02 AM

Floods shut down Philippine capital
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Heavy rains due to a storm and the seasonal monsoon have caused widespread flooding in the Philippine capital and nearby provinces, shutting down schools and government offices.... 9/19/2014 3:43 AM

Hunt for missing Malaysia plane to resume
SYDNEY (AP) -- Crews will resume the underwater hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at the end of the month, and will begin the search in an area farther south than initially planned, a senior search official said Friday.... 9/19/2014 3:38 AM

Thai military ruler apologizes for bikini comment
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's military ruler apologized for suggesting that attractive foreign tourists might be unsafe on the country's world-famous beaches if they wear bikinis.... 9/19/2014 3:34 AM

Mexico boosts Los Cabos security after looting
LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) -- Federal police on Thursday vowed to 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.... 9/19/2014 2:42 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 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

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

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

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