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A guide to Scotland as independence vote nears
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- The people of Scotland will decide on Thursday whether to end a partnership with the rest of the United Kingdom that has lasted more than 300 years. Here is a guide to Scotland as the historic vote nears.... 9/17/2014 8:04 AM

Airstrikes on central Syrian city kill some 50
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government airstrikes killed some 50 people in an opposition-held city this week in bombing that apparently sought to target a rebel commander, activists said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 8:01 AM

China leader inaugurates Sri Lankan port project
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday inaugurated a $1.4 billion port city being built in Sri Lanka with loans from Chinese banks, underlining his country's growing role in the region ahead of a state visit to India.... 9/17/2014 7:54 AM

US man held for alleged attempt to swim to N Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across a river into rival North Korea, a South Korean defense official said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 7:47 AM

Taliban kill 6 Afghan policemen in ambush
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A provincial security official says that Taliban fighters killed six Afghan policemen in an ambush in western Afghanistan.... 9/17/2014 7:46 AM

Israel official: plea bargain for celebrity rabbi
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli official says a multimillionaire celebrity rabbi with a following in the U.S. has accepted a plea bargain in a high-profile bribery case and could face a year in prison.... 9/17/2014 7:41 AM

Sony forecasts $2 billion loss, cites weak mobile
TOKYO (AP) -- Sony expects its annual loss to swell to more than $2 billion after writing down the value of its troubled mobile business as phone sales sagged amid brutal competition.... 9/17/2014 7:26 AM

Doctors to provide update on Toronto mayor
TORONTO (AP) -- A doctor will provide a medical update on controversial Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's tumor on Wednesday, Ford's brother said.... 9/17/2014 6:50 AM

Alibaba post-IPO structure gives insiders control
BEIJING (AP) -- Control over Alibaba Group will stay in the hands of founder Jack Ma and other company veterans after the Chinese e-commerce giant goes public on the New York Stock Exchange in a record busting share sale.... 9/17/2014 6:50 AM

Billionaire's house arrest sends stocks crashing
MOSCOW (AP) -- The arrest of a Russian billionaire has sent shares in his holding company into a tailspin.... 9/17/2014 6:49 AM

Chinese minority scholar on trial for separatism
URUMQI, China (AP) -- A scholar from China's Muslim Uighur minority community who often criticized the country's ethnic policies went on trial Wednesday on separatism charges in the far western region of Xinjiang.... 9/17/2014 6:30 AM

Bangladesh court reduces sentence of Islamist
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Bangladesh's Supreme Court commuted the death sentence of an Islamist political leader Tuesday whose conviction last year for war crimes during the nation's 1971 war for independence sparked deadly protests.... 9/17/2014 6:22 AM

Tycoon buys 30 Rolls-Royces for Macau hotel
HONG KONG (AP) -- A Hong Kong tycoon has placed the biggest ever order for Rolls-Royce cars, agreeing to buy 30 Phantoms to chauffeur guests at a luxury resort he's building in the global gambling capital of Macau.... 9/17/2014 6:22 AM

Gaza widow offers insight into world of spies
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The 48-year-old Palestinian woman's husband was shot to death in 2012 by militants in the Gaza Strip for spying for Israel. A mother of seven, she herself was jailed by Gaza's Hamas rulers for aiding and abetting a spy - her husband.... 9/17/2014 5:41 AM

Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as US partners
PARIS (AP) -- About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S. training and additional equipment, the top U.S. military officer said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 5:30 AM

Fijians go to polls after 8 years of military rule
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Thousands of Fijians got 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.... 9/17/2014 5:27 AM

Landslides triggered by storm kill 7 in Vietnam
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Landslides triggered by heavy rains from a tropical storm have killed at least seven people in northern Vietnam.... 9/17/2014 5:21 AM

Separatists in Quebec, Scotland share lessons
MONTREAL (AP) -- Quebec's separatists are watching closely this week to see if the Scottish independence movement has learned from their failed attempts to break away from Canada. And it could be rejuvenated if Scotland breaks away from the United Kingdom.... 9/17/2014 5:20 AM

Lava flows from Philippine volcano; thousands flee
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines' most active volcano has sent more huge lava fragments rolling down its slopes in an ongoing gentle eruption that has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 4:47 AM

Asian stocks higher on China stimulus reports
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday, buoyed by reports that China is providing liquidity to major banks and hopes that the Federal Reserve will not speed up plans to raise interest rates.... 9/17/2014 4:30 AM