Salmond resigns as Scots spurn independence

Nationalist leader Alex Salmond says he is to resign after Scots spurn independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain’s remaining global clout.  Full Article | Video 

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French jets strike in Iraq, expanding U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State 9:10pm BST

BAGHDAD/PARIS - French jets struck a suspected Islamic State target in Iraq for the first time on Friday, expanding a U.S.-led military campaign against militants who have seized a third of the country and also control large parts of neighbouring Syria. | Video

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Bank of England says its bond-buying failed to boost bank lending

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LONDON - The Bank of England's 375 billion pounds of stimulus pumped into Britain's financial system did not boost bank lending, research from the central bank showed on Friday, although it helped turn the economy round in other ways.

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Ebola lockdown brings Sierra Leone capital to a halt

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FREETOWN - Streets in the capital of Sierra Leone were deserted on Friday as the West African state began a contested, three-day lockdown in a bid to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record.

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Sarkozy returns to politics, offers France new start

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PARIS - Nicolas Sarkozy announced his political comeback on Friday, saying he would seek the leadership of France's main rightist party, opening the way for a possible return to the Elysee Palace in 2017 elections.

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Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania form joint military unit

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WARSAW - Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania launched a joint military force on Friday that Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said could start its first exercises in the tense region in the next year.

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Egyptian to plead guilty over U.S. embassy bombings

An Egyptian man said on Friday he would plead guilty in New York to charges connected with the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Nathan Frandino reports.