• Scots spurn independence in historic vote, devolution battle begins

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

    MINSK (Reuters) - 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. Violations of a Sept. 5 cease-fire between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists, whom Kiev…

  • Kurdish leader urges world to protect Syrian town from Islamic State

    By Seyhmus Cakan DIKMETAS Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani called on Friday for international intervention to protect a Kurdish town in neighboring Syria from Islamic State fighters who have forced many Syrian Kurds to flee across the border into Turkey. Thousands of Kurds…

  • Roger Goodell solution to NFL domestic violence: 'Everything is on the table'

    More than a week after a notable public silence from National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell, he spoke to reporters Friday afternoon to address the cases of domestic violence currently plaguing the NFL and ways the league is planning to improve the way it handles such cases. 

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  • Fighting Islamic State: Why US training of Iraqi forces will be harder this time

    The US military’s efforts to train Iraqi soldiers to take on jihadist insurgents is going to be harder than it was during the Iraq War, the nation’s top Army officer warned Friday.

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  • Joe Biden gaffe week: What did he say now?

    Geez, Joe Biden, it’s been kind of a rough week for him, hasn’t it? At least in terms of slips of the tongue.

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  • Governor Christie exonerated on 'Bridgegate?' We'll see

    Now that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been exonerated in the “Bridgegate” scandal, will he accelerate past the pack of other GOP hopefuls in the 2016 presidential race?

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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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  • Cambodian police bust Thais with $7M in fake bills

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Three Thai men arrested in Cambodia for allegedly carrying counterfeit U.S. $100 bills with a face value of more than $7 million planned to circulate the fakes in rural areas where they would be less likely to be detected, police said Saturday.

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba debuted as a publicly traded company Friday and swiftly climbed nearly 40 percent in a mammoth IPO that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited growth potential and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class. The sharp demand for shares sent the market value…

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  • IOC: Flexible rules could allow baseball's return

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says the adoption of a more flexible approach to the Olympic program could allow for the return of baseball and other sports.

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  • Meandering Hawaii lava flow menaces another Big Island community

    By Malia Mattoch McManus HONOLULU (Reuters) - A meandering volcanic lava flow that appeared to have spared one community on the Big Island of Hawaii was creeping in a slightly new direction on Friday as it headed straight for a nearby town to the northeast, local government officials said. The June…

  • Indonesia named host of 2018 Asian Games

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Indonesia has been formally named the host country for the 2018 Asian Games after stepping in at the last minute when Vietnam relinquished its hosting rights over financial concerns.

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  • Kiev, rebels ink deal creating buffer zone

    Minsk (AFP) - Kiev and pro-Russian separatists on Saturday signed a deal creating a demilitarised zone in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine after fresh talks aimed at ending a brutal five-month war.

  • Scottish leader quits, Queen urges unity

    Edinburgh (AFP) - Scottish leader Alex Salmond said he would resign after losing an independence referendum that left the United Kingdom intact, while Queen Elizabeth II called for "mutual respect" among Scots following a divisive campaign.

  • Chinese shooters win first gold at Asian Games

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — China pulled off a surprise victory to clinch the first gold decided at the Asian Games when its women's team won the 10-meter air pistol event on Saturday.

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  • UK intact but constitutional battles loom

    London (AFP) - Britain's press on Saturday heaved a sigh of relief over Scotland's decision to stay in the United Kingdom, but any thoughts of triumphalism were extinguished by concerns about the upcoming constitutional battle triggered by the campaign.