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Next title: Elizabeth, Queen of Scots?
LONDON (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth II can keep her magnificent Scottish castle at Balmoral should Scots vote for independence - and chances are she will be able to keep her role as well.... 9/16/2014 3:33 PM

Ukraine legislators ratify landmark EU deal
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's parliament ratified a landmark association agreement with the European Union on Tuesday, firmly pivoting the country toward the West and drawing a line under the issue that last year sparked massive protests and led to the ex-president's ouster.... 9/16/2014 3:31 PM

World Bank: Palestinian economy to shrink in 2014
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- The Palestinian economy is expected to contract for the first time in seven years in 2014, the result of the recent Gaza war, continued Israeli and Egyptian restrictions on Palestinian trade and a drop in foreign aid, the World Bank said Tuesday.... 9/16/2014 3:28 PM

Sides in Scottish referendum make final push
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- The two sides in Scotland's independence debate scrambled Tuesday to convert undecided voters, with just two days to go until a referendum on separation.... 9/16/2014 3:25 PM

Scotland took long road to independence vote
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- On Calton Hill, overlooking Edinburgh, stands Scotland's National Monument. A colonnade of classical stone pillars modeled on the Parthenon in Athens, it's grand, inspiring - and unfinished, ever since the money to build it ran out two centuries ago.... 9/16/2014 3:24 PM

Iraqi lawmakers reject picks for interior, defense
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's parliament rejected defense and interior nominees on Tuesday, leaving the crucial ministerial posts unfilled as a U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic extremists who have seized a third of the country.... 9/16/2014 3:21 PM

Belfast officer who oversaw Adams arrest promoted
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- Rival factions in Northern Ireland's unity government are accusing each other of bias after a policeman who oversaw the arrest of Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams was promoted to the force's second-highest post.... 9/16/2014 3:12 PM

1 dead, 1 injured in Danish courthouse shooting
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- A 67-year-old gunman opened fire in a Copenhagen courthouse Tuesday, killing a lawyer and seriously wounding the father of his 3-year-old grandchild in connection with a custody dispute, authorities said.... 9/16/2014 3:02 PM

Afghan suicide bomber kills 3 foreign troops
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy on Tuesday, killing three members of the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said.... 9/16/2014 2:58 PM

Kurds in Europe take up arms against IS group
KOEGE, Denmark (AP) -- Shaho Pirani says he's just a phone call away from leaving his quiet life in Denmark and joining Kurdish forces battling against Islamic State militants in Iraq.... 9/16/2014 2:53 PM

Stagnant floodwater raising health risk in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Health workers were scrambling Tuesday to manage a mounting health crisis nearly two weeks after massive flooding engulfed much of Kashmir, and were treating cases of diarrhea, skin allergies and fungus while hoping the stagnant waters do not create conditions for more serious disease outbreaks.... 9/16/2014 2:53 PM

Fijians go to polls after 8 years of military rule
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Thousands of Fijians are awaiting their first chance to vote in eight years Wednesday in an election that promises to finally restore democracy to the South Pacific nation of 900,000.... 9/16/2014 2:50 PM

UN panel emphasizes Assad role in Syria war crimes
GENEVA (AP) -- As nations mount an offensive against the Islamic State militants that have gained a stronghold in Iraq and Syria, a U.N. human rights commission emphasized Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad's government has committed the bulk of atrocities in the civil war.... 9/16/2014 2:50 PM

Scientists' colossal squid exam a kraken good show
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- It was a calm morning in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface.... 9/16/2014 2:49 PM

South Africa sends murder suspect to Botswana
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Human rights lawyers on Tuesday pressed South Africa to explain why a murder suspect from Botswana was illegally deported to his country, where he could be executed if convicted.... 9/16/2014 2:42 PM

Pope to focus on grandparents after newlyweds
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- First, Pope Francis married 20 couples to highlight the role of families as the heart of the Catholic Church. Next up is a special Mass for grandparents.... 9/16/2014 2:35 PM

Syrian aircraft crashes in city held by IS group
BEIRUT (AP) -- A Syrian military plane crashed into the de facto capital of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, killing at least eight people, as thousands of its residents fled to nearby villages in anticipation of expected U.S. airstrikes against the militants, activists said... 9/16/2014 2:35 PM

AP names Maya Alleruzzo Mideast photo editor
CAIRO (AP) -- Maya Alleruzzo, a photographer who has covered wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during a 12-year stint in the region, has been named regional photo editor for the Middle East by The Associated Press.... 9/16/2014 2:24 PM

AP names Lynne O'Donnell Kabul bureau chief
CAIRO (AP) -- Lynne O'Donnell, a foreign correspondent who has covered major stories throughout the Middle East and Asia for two decades, has been named Kabul bureau chief for The Associated Press, leading the agency's coverage of Afghanistan at a time of transition and turmoil.... 9/16/2014 2:24 PM

Verdict postponed on Saudi Shiite cleric
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A court in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday postponed issuing its verdict in a sensitive case against a popular Shiite cleric who faces charges that carry the death sentence.... 9/16/2014 2:16 PM