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OPCW document: Syria had ricin program
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Syrian authorities have declared that they once had a program to produce the deadly toxin ricin, according to an official document of the global chemical weapons watchdog.... 9/19/2014 1:51 PM

8 gamblers caned in Indonesia's Aceh province
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian authorities caned eight convicted gamblers as about 1,000 people watched Friday inside a mosque compound in conservative Aceh province.... 9/19/2014 1:51 PM

Nigeria sent $9.3 million cash for arms in SAfrica
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A Nigerian watchdog group is demanding an international investigation into the Nigerian government for flying $9.3 million in cash to South Africa to buy weapons.... 9/19/2014 1:40 PM

Cambodian police bust Thais with $7M in fake bills
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Cambodian police have arrested three Thai men whom they accused of carrying counterfeit U.S. $100 bills with a face value of $7.16 million.... 9/19/2014 1:34 PM

Original Marquis de Sade manuscript on display
PARIS (AP) -- The original scroll upon which the Marquis de Sade penned his famed, often-banned tale of sexual extremism is going on public display.... 9/19/2014 1:27 PM

France strikes Islamic State group's depot in Iraq
PARIS (AP) -- Joining U.S. forces acting in Iraqi skies, French fighter jets struck Friday against the militant Islamic State group, destroying a logistics depot, Iraqi and French officials said.... 9/19/2014 1:25 PM

Philippine peacekeepers pull out early from Golan
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- More than 240 Filipino peacekeepers arrived in Manila on Friday after pulling out two weeks early from a U.N. mission in the Golan Heights because of escalating fighting in the border region, the Philippine military said Friday.... 9/19/2014 1:21 PM

Syrian Kurds fleeing IS group cross into Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A Turkish official says the country has opened its border with Syria to allow up to 4,000 people, mostly Kurds, to cross to safety as they flee militants from the Islamic State group.... 9/19/2014 1:19 PM

UK remains united after Scotland referendum
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- The United Kingdom will stay united. Voters in Scotland resoundingly rejected independence in a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.... 9/19/2014 1:07 PM

American performers get standing ovation in Iran
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Hundreds of Iranian art lovers gave a troupe of Chicago-based puppeteers flowers and a lengthy standing ovation at the Tehran City Theater at the end of their historic performance this week during a rare visit by American performers to the Islamic Republic.... 9/19/2014 1:06 PM

Iranian youth behind 'Happy' video sentenced
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A defense lawyer in Iran says six young Iranian men and women videotaped dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and the video's director have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and lashes.... 9/19/2014 12:52 PM

Car bomb attacks kill 20 people in Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A series of car bombings targeting a Shiite mosque and markets in the Iraqi capital killed at least 20 people Friday, officials said, in the second straight day of attacks in Baghdad blamed on Islamic militants who have seized large parts of the country.... 9/19/2014 12:41 PM

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 12:33 PM

Nepal clears Indian firm to build hydropower plant
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal's government signed an agreement Friday with Indian company GMR to build the Himalayan nation's largest hydroelectric plant in a small step toward easing chronic power shortages and attracting new investment.... 9/19/2014 12:31 PM

3 Eastern European countries form joint brigade
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania are forming a joint military unit that will be headquartered in Poland and will work to strengthen their military cooperation and will participate in peacekeeping missions.... 9/19/2014 12:28 PM

Scotland: Who won? Who lost?
LONDON (AP) -- Who won and who lost in Scotland's independence referendum?... 9/19/2014 12:24 PM

Bomb kills 2 Lebanese soldiers near Syria border
BEIRUT (AP) -- Attackers detonated a roadside bomb against a passing army truck near the Syrian border Friday, killing two soldiers and wounding three in the latest spillover from the civil war next door.... 9/19/2014 12:20 PM

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 12:19 PM

Spain's Telefonica buys Brazilian operator GVT
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish telecoms company Telefonica says it has reached a deal to buy Brazilian operator GVT from French media conglomerate Vivendi.... 9/19/2014 12:18 PM

US officials condemn Bosnia leaders over flood aid
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- U.S. diplomats say after May's devastating floods, international agencies have done more to help the recovery efforts than local leaders who have used this humanitarian tragedy for "cronyism, party advantage, backroom deals and blame shifting."... 9/19/2014 12:04 PM