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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 12:26 PM

West Bank settler group boasts rapid growth
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The main organization representing West Bank settlers says the population of Jewish Israelis living in the West Bank experienced strong growth during the first half of this year.... 9/16/2014 12:23 PM

Chinese president to launch port city in Sri Lanka
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping was stopping in Sri Lanka on Tuesday to help launch a new port city project funded by his government.... 9/16/2014 12:22 PM

Dutch ease off austerity, will spend on military
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- The Dutch government is presenting a budget for 2015 that for the first time in years will be focused less on financial austerity and more on security in light of international conflicts.... 9/16/2014 12:21 PM

Thai police search for clues after 2 Brits slain
BANGKOK (AP) -- Police on a scenic Thai resort island searched hotels and workers' residences Tuesday looking for clues into the slayings of two British tourists whose nearly naked, battered bodies were found on a beach a day earlier.... 9/16/2014 12:19 PM

Verdict postponed on Saudi Shiite cleric
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A Saudi Arabian court has postponed issuing a verdict in a sensitive case against a popular Shiite cleric who faces charges that carry the death sentence.... 9/16/2014 12:15 PM

Kremlin-friendly tycoon buys Russian social media
MOSCOW (AP) -- A media company owned by Kremlin-friendly oligarch Alisher Usmanov has paid $1.5 billion to gain full control of one of Russia's most popular social media websites, VKontakte.... 9/16/2014 12:12 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 12:11 PM

Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia
BRUSSELS (AP) -- A Belgian convicted of murder and rape who has been imprisoned for almost three decades has been granted the right to die after doctors agreed his psychological condition was incurable, an official said Tuesday.... 9/16/2014 11:54 AM

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 11:54 AM

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, where they are treating cases of diarrhea, skin allergies and fungus as they hope the stagnant waters do not create conditions for more serious disease outbreaks.... 9/16/2014 11:52 AM

Nobel laureates appeal to South Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A group of Nobel peace laureates has appealed to South Africa to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama, who abandoned an attempt to get permission to travel to Cape Town next month.... 9/16/2014 11:50 AM

Iraqi lawmakers reject picks for interior, defense
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi lawmakers have rejected the prime minister's nominees to fill the critical posts of defense and interior minister, extending the formation of a new government.... 9/16/2014 11:48 AM

Researchers explore shipwrecks near San Francisco
GULF OF THE FARALLONES NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY (AP) -- Federal researchers are exploring several underwater sites where ships sank while navigating in the treacherous waters west of San Francisco in the decades following the Gold Rush.... 9/16/2014 11:48 AM

Lava flows from Philippine volcano, thousands flee
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines' most active volcano belched out huge lava fragments that rolled about a kilometer (half a mile) down its slope in an ongoing gentle eruption, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said Tuesday.... 9/16/2014 11:41 AM

Ukraine parliament ratifies EU pact
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's parliament ratified an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the European Union on Tuesday, and passed legislation to grant autonomy to the rebellious east as part of a peace deal.... 9/16/2014 11:26 AM

Ukraine, Scotland dent German investor optimism
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- A key measure of German investor optimism fell in September for the ninth month in a row, dragged down by worries over the crisis in Ukraine, economic stagnation in Europe and the upcoming independence referendum in Scotland.... 9/16/2014 11:19 AM

Shots fired in Danish courthouse; 1 dead
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- A gunman opened fire Tuesday at a court building in Copenhagen, killing one man and seriously wounding another, authorities said.... 9/16/2014 11:16 AM

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 the Syrian President Bashar Assad's government has committed the bulk of atrocities in the civil war.... 9/16/2014 10:59 AM

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 10:58 AM