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Scots spurn independence in historic vote, devolution battle begins


EDINBURGH - Scotland spurned independence and saved a union dating back 300 years in a historic referendum but its defeated leader said it would hold London to last minute offers of more power that could radically reshape the United Kingdom. | Video

Scots vote shows pitfalls, opportunities for EU referendum

PARIS/BRUSSELS - Scotland's vote against independence offers lessons for British politicians and their European partners faced with a referendum on whether to stay in the EU which Prime Minister David Cameron has promised for 2017.

19 Sep 2014

Alibaba surges 38 percent on massive demand in market debut

NEW YORK - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's shares soared 38 percent in their first day of trading on Friday as investors jumped at the chance for a piece of what is likely to rank as the largest IPO in history, in a massive bet on China's burgeoning middle class. | Video

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Kiev, rebels agree to extra measures to ensure Ukraine cease-fire

MINSK - Pro-Russian separatists and representatives from Kiev and Moscow agreed on Saturday on further measures to ensure a cease-fire between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists.

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French jets strike in Iraq, expanding U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State

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

World, Iraq, Middle East 1:41am BST

Ebola lockdown brings Sierra Leone capital to a halt

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.

Africa, World 19 Sep 2014

Insight - Campaign donations highlight winners, losers in Brazil election

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO - Brazil's financial markets have rallied on the prospect of environmentalist Marina Silva unseating President Dilma Rousseff in next month's election, but political donations show plenty of companies may be wary of a new administration.

19 Sep 2014

Kurdish leader urges world to protect Syrian town from Islamic State

DIKMETAS Turkey - Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani called on Friday for international intervention to protect a Kurdish town in neighbouring Syria from Islamic State fighters who have forced many Syrian Kurds to flee across the border into Turkey. | Video

World, Syria, Middle East, Iraq 19 Sep 2014

North Korea says imprisoned American tried to become 'second Snowden'

SEOUL - An American recently sentenced to six years hard labour by a North Korean court pretended to have secret U.S. information and was deliberately arrested in a bid to become famous and meet U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae in a North Korean prison, state media said on Saturday.

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Sarkozy returns to politics, offers France new start

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.

19 Sep 2014
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