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Britain might learn from split of Czechoslovakia
PRAGUE (AP) -- If Scotland says yes to independence in Thursday's referendum, there might be a lesson to learn from the amicable split of Czechoslovakia on Jan. 1, 1993. Known as a "velvet divorce," the breakup was nothing like the secessionist wars that raged in Yugoslavia. It was as peaceful and smooth as the 1989 Velvet Revolution that threw off oppressive communist rule in Czechoslovakia, and is considered a success even by its opponents.... 9/17/2014 1:43 PM

Liberia hopes US Ebola aid pushes world to do more
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia's president is welcoming promised U.S. military aid to fight Ebola and says she hopes it spurs the international community into further action.... 9/17/2014 1:42 PM

Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial
URUMQI, China (AP) -- A high-profile Muslim Uighur scholar and government critic denied that he engaged in separatism as he stood trial Wednesday in China's far western region of Xinjiang, where authorities say terrorists are seeking an independent state.... 9/17/2014 1:36 PM

AP NewsAlert
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi prime minister: Iran's absence from Paris meeting on fighting IS group `puzzling'... 9/17/2014 1:34 PM

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberian president says she hopes promised US anti-Ebola aid spurs world into further action.... 9/17/2014 1:29 PM

Emotions mount on final day of Scottish campaign
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- Will the ayes have it, or will Scotland say naw thanks?... 9/17/2014 1:28 PM

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 1:25 PM

Finland: 4 charged with funding Somali militants
HELSINKI (AP) -- Prosecutors in Finland have charged four people with financing terrorism for allegedly collecting money for an al-Qaida linked militant group in Somalia.... 9/17/2014 1:06 PM

Milestones of Scots' journey to independence vote
DUBLIN (AP) -- These are the milestones of Scotland's journey from Great Britain to the United Kingdom and, following Thursday's vote, a possible return to independence.... 9/17/2014 1:02 PM

Syria: 15 children die after getting vaccinations
BEIRUT (AP) -- At least 15 children died after receiving vaccinations in rebel-held parts of Syria, and activists said Wednesday that the death toll from two days of government airstrikes in the central city of Talbiseh climbed to nearly 50, a heavy toll even by the vicious standards of the country's civil war.... 9/17/2014 1:01 PM

Trade, investment hopes as China's Xi visits India
AHMEDABAD, India (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in the Indian prime minister's home state of Gujarat on Wednesday for a three-day visit expected to focus on India's need to improve worn out infrastructure and reduce its trade deficit.... 9/17/2014 12:59 PM

Bangladesh court reduces sentence of Islamist
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Bangladesh's Supreme Court commuted on Wednesday the death sentence of an Islamist political leader whose conviction last year for war crimes during the nation's 1971 war for independence sparked deadly protests.... 9/17/2014 12:56 PM

Qatar emir: No support for extremists
BERLIN (AP) -- The emir of Qatar says his oil-rich Gulf nation has provided no support for the Islamic State extremist group.... 9/17/2014 12:54 PM

New IS video warns US over Iraq deployment
BEIRUT (AP) -- The militant Islamic State group released a video warning the United States that its fighters are waiting for it in Iraq if President Barack Obama sends troops there, as his top general said may happen if the current strategy of airstrikes fails.... 9/17/2014 12:52 PM

Gunmen capture Lebanese soldier in border town
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's state news agency and a military official say gunmen have crossed the border from Syria and captured a Lebanese soldier from a border town.... 9/17/2014 12:51 PM

Japan wants North Korea abductions report soon
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese Cabinet minister on Wednesday urged North Korea to quickly release the results of a new investigation into the fate of dozens, possibly hundreds, of Japanese believed to have been abducted by the North's agents in the 1970s and `80s.... 9/17/2014 12:51 PM

North Korea powerful temptation for some Americans
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- One shouted about God's love as he crossed a frozen river, clutching a Bible. Another swam, drunk and naked. Several U.S. soldiers dashed around land mines.... 9/17/2014 12:46 PM

Weakened Odile heads toward US; tourists evacuated
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's government airlifted thousands of stranded foreign tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort of Los Cabos, as a weakened Odile headed over the Gulf of California Wednesday on a path toward Arizona and a new storm loomed to the south.... 9/17/2014 12:14 PM

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 12:08 PM

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 they could be rejuvenated if Scotland breaks away from the United Kingdom.... 9/17/2014 12:02 PM