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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

PM says al-Qaida holds no appeal for India Muslims
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says al-Qaida is "delusional" if it believes it holds any appeal for India's large Muslim population.... 9/19/2014 11:30 AM

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 11:29 AM

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 that it controlled, Iraqi and French officials said.... 9/19/2014 11:28 AM

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 11:23 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

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 11:10 AM

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 with the entire West African nation locked down in their homes for three days in an unprecedented effort to combat the deadly disease.... 9/19/2014 11:06 AM

China fines GlaxoSmithKline $492M for bribery
BEIJING (AP) -- Drug maker GlaxoSmithKline was fined $492 million on Friday for bribing doctors in China in the biggest such penalty ever imposed by a Chinese court.... 9/19/2014 11:03 AM

Police: American suspect confesses in Bali killing
BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- An American man has confessed that he killed his girlfriend's mother in a luxury hotel on Indonesia's Bali island, and the girlfriend has acknowledged helping him stuff the body into a suitcase, police said Friday.... 9/19/2014 11:01 AM

Scotland: Who won? Who lost?
LONDON (AP) -- Who won and who lost in Scotland's independence referendum?... 9/19/2014 11:00 AM

3 French students struck by gunfire on school trip
PARIS (AP) -- French officials say a mentally ill man opened fire on a group of students with a hunting rifle during a high school trip, wounding three - one of them seriously.... 9/19/2014 11:00 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 vocal internationally on the conflict in Ukraine.... 9/19/2014 10:46 AM

Dempsey lauds French airstrike against militants
CAEN, France (AP) -- The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, says the U.S. appreciates France's airstrike against Islamic State militants.... 9/19/2014 10:37 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 10:36 AM

UN rights chief: Migrant deaths may be mass murder
GENEVA (AP) -- The deaths of up to 500 migrants and refugees in an intentional boat-ramming in the Mediterranean Sea last week could be an act of mass murder, the U.N. rights chief said Friday, calling for nations to properly investigate the incident.... 9/19/2014 10:34 AM

Car bomb attacks kill 17 people in Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A series of car bombings targeting a Shiite mosque and markets in the Iraqi capital killed at least 17 people Friday, officials said, in the second straight day of attacks in Baghdad blamed on Islamic miltiants who have seized large parts of the country.... 9/19/2014 10:28 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 10:19 AM

Rocket kills 2 Lebanese soldiers near Syria border
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanese security officials say attackers fired a rocket at an army patrol near the Syrian border, killing two soldiers and wounding three.... 9/19/2014 10:15 AM