• Yamal, Russia's gas megaplan, becomes symbol of sanctions defiance

    By Katya Golubkova and Dmitry Zhdannikov MOSCOW (Reuters) - Dozens of Russian energy ventures are in jeopardy due to Western sanctions on technology and funding. Looming over them all, a giant project the Kremlin is bent on saving no matter what. The Yamal plan, a $27 billion investment to tap vast…

  • New Polish PM brings her rival into government

    By Pawel Sobczak and Christian Lowe WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's prime minister designate, Ewa Kopacz, brought party rival Grzegorz Schetyna into her new government as foreign minister on Friday to try to neutralise a potential challenge to her authority. Outgoing foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski,…

  • France's Sarkozy sets return to politics with "new project"

    PARIS (Reuters) - France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy announced his return to politics on Friday, declaring he would seek the leadership of the opposition UMP party in a move that would position him for a 2017 presidential bid. The announcement on his Facebook page ends months of local media…

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  • Europe hails Scottish vote as a victory for union more broadly

    The clear majority of Scots who voted to stay within the United Kingdom handed a resounding victory to integration that’s been hailed across Europe.

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  • Australia's PM decamps to Outback tent to promote Aboriginal rights

    Canberra’s marble-lined corridors of power became a grove of eucalyptus trees this week as Prime Minister Tony Abbott moved his office to a remote corner of the Outback.

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  • Pro-'Yes' Glasgow is introspective after Scotland opts to stay in UK

    Scotland has spoken. After two years of campaigning, thousands of debates and public meetings, and the biggest turnout since the introduction of universal suffrage, Scots voted Thursday to reject independence and remain part of the United Kingdom.

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  • 6 killed, 14 wounded in east Ukraine city

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in rebel-held Donetsk, the city council reported Monday — the worst violation yet of the cease-fire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops that took effect Sept. 5.

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  • Ebola lockdown brings Sierra Leone capital to a halt

    By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - 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. President Ernest Bai Koroma urged people to heed the emergency measures, and only…

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  • Scottish independence leader Alex Salmond to step down

    Edinburgh (AFP) - Scotland's pro-independence First Minister Alex Salmond said on Friday he will step down from his post and as leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) at its conference in November following a defeat for his separatist cause in a referendum on Thursday.

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  • Relief, not euphoria, for UK markets as Scots vote to stay

    By Jamie McGeever LONDON (Reuters) - British financial markets rose and a collective sigh of relief echoed across the investment and business community on Friday after a Scottish vote against independence averted the deep uncertainty a United Kingdom break-up would have unleashed. Bank shares drove…

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  • Scottish nationalist leader Salmond quits after losing independence vote

    EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scottish nationalist Alex Salmond resigned as leader of his party on Friday and will quit as First Minister of his country after losing an independence referendum. "For me as leader my time is nearly over but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream will never die,"…

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  • Cornet cruises into Guangzhou Open final

    GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — Alize Cornet of France will play for her second title of the year in the Guangzhou Open final after beating Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 6-1, 7-6 (5) on Friday.

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  • Scottish independence leader Alex Salmond announces his resignation as first minister

    LONDON (AP) — Scottish independence leader Alex Salmond announces his resignation as first minister.

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  • Case of American jailed in Cuba back in US court

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An attorney for an American who has spent over four years jailed in Cuba argued before a federal appeals court that his client should be allowed to sue the U.S. government over his imprisonment.

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  • Kenya: 1 year after attack, guards still unarmed

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — David Odhiambo was one of the blue-uniformed security guards tasked with protecting Nairobi's Westgate Mall one year ago when four heavily armed terrorists attacked. The work David was paid to do — search purses and bags, mostly — earned him two bullets in the head, injuries…

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  • Court again delays Kenya president's trial

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court has again delayed the trial of Kenya's president, after prosecutors said they did not have a strong enough case to convict him because Kenya was not cooperating in turning over potential evidence.

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  • South Africa's murder rate goes up

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa recorded about 17,000 murders in the year ending in March, reflecting a 5 percent increase over the previous year, police said Friday.

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