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  • Salmond says Scots 'tricked' out of independence

    MANCHESTER England (Reuters) - Alex Salmond, the defeated leader of Scotland's nationalists, on Sunday accused Prime Minister David Cameron and other London politicians of tricking Scottish voters out of independence by making a false "vow" about granting them new powers. Salmond, who is stepping down as leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) after spearheading a failed campaign for Scotland to leave the United Kingdom, said Britain's three main political parties had won last Thursday's referendum vote by 55-45 percent by deception. ...

  • Sierra Leone staggers in Ebola isolation effort
    Sierra Leone staggers in Ebola isolation effort

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Some in Sierra Leone ran away from their homes Saturday and others clashed with health workers trying to bury dead Ebola victims as the country struggled through the second day of an unprecedented lockdown to combat the deadly disease.

  • AP Interview: El-Sissi, Egypt and the terror fight
    AP Interview: El-Sissi, Egypt and the terror fight

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is feeling vindicated by the world's alarm over Islamic extremism that is fueling wars and bloodshed across the Middle East.

  • Duncan slams Jindal's Common Core lawsuit: 'Take politics out, take presidential ambitions out, do the …
    Duncan slams Jindal's Common Core lawsuit: 'Take politics out, take presidential ambitions out, do the …

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan has hit back at Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal for mounting a lawsuit over the Obama administration’s Common Core academic standards, implying that the Republican lawmaker’s opposition to the controversial policy has been driven by his desire to run for president.

  • Canada's largest Cold War-era fighting ships retiring
    Canada's largest Cold War-era fighting ships retiring

    Ottawa (AFP) - The largest fighting ships in Canada's fleet are being decommissioned, the navy announced Friday, leaving a hole in its maritime defenses as replacements won't be ready for at least five years.

  • Keith Urban Supports Nicole Kidman As Her Father Is Laid To Rest In Sydney
    Keith Urban Supports Nicole Kidman As Her Father Is Laid To Rest In Sydney

    Nicole Kidman laid her father, Antony, to rest at a funeral at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sydney, Australia on Friday. The actress' husband, Keith Urban, was by her side as she said her goodbyes, and also acted as a pallbearer. Nicole delivered an emotional eulogy about her dad, a psychologist, who passed away on September 12 after falling during a trip to Singapore.

  • Mayweather asked to appear before boxing officials
    Mayweather asked to appear before boxing officials

    Las Vegas (AFP) - Boxer-promoter Floyd Mayweather has been ordered to appear before Nevada boxing officials who want to question him about events in his gym that were aired recently on the Showtime sports network.

  • Exclusive: Hyundai directors kept in dark on size of $10 billion land bid - sources

    By Hyunjoo Jin SEOUL (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor and two listed affiliates did not seek board clearance for the size of their record $10 billion bid for a plot of land in Seoul, more than triple its appraised value, four board members of the companies told Reuters. Thursday's winning bid for the land sent shares in Hyundai Motor, Kia Motors and Hyundai Mobis plunging, wiping out $8 billion in shareholder value, and sparked howls of protest from investors, rekindling worries about corporate governance at South Korea's conglomerates, or chaebol. ...

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