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  • Britain pledges state funding to Scotland ahead of independence vote

    EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Britain promised to guarantee Scotland's high levels of state funding, granting Scots control over healthcare spending in a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the United Kingdom before Thursday's vote on independence. With polls showing the decision on the fate of the…

    Reuters
  • Iran supreme leader spurns U.S. overture to fight Islamic State

    By Jason Szep and Mehrdad Balali PARIS/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader said on Monday he had personally rejected an offer from the United States for talks to fight Islamic State, an apparent blow to Washington's efforts to build a military coalition to fight militants in both Iraq and…

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  • Quake strikes northeast of Tokyo, no reports of serious damage

    TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 5.6 shook buildings in eastern Japan, including the capital Tokyo, on Tuesday but there were no reports of serious damage. The earthquake was centred in Ibaraki Prefecture, just northeast of Tokyo, Japan's Meteorological Agency said. The…

    Reuters
  • Ray Rice case: Can NFL leadership weather media firestorm?

    A week after the Ray Rice video surfaced, the National Football League is still scrambling to douse the media firestorm over the league’s handling of domestic violence by its players.  Commissioner Roger Goodell has come in for heavy criticism over his handling of a domestic abuse case involving…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Income inequality: States struggle to balance budgets as rich-poor gap widens

    A widening gap in incomes between the rich and the middle class may be hitting US states where it hurts – making it harder for them to raise the tax revenue they need for balancing their budgets. In most states, tax revenue growth has not kept pace with growth of the overall economy since the…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Islamic State: Obama plan to cut pipeline for US terrorist recruits

    As terrorist organizations step up their efforts to recruit new fighters from the West, the Obama administration announced Monday it would begin partnering with community and religious leaders across the nation to help identify home-grown threats. Attorney General Eric Holder said that the US…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • New Hampshire Senate: Are Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen really tied?

    Is Republican Scott Brown tied with Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire? It’s got the Granite State Senate race all locked up, 48 percent to 48 percent, with the election only seven weeks away. Understandably, that’s made the Republican Party leadership pretty excited. Mr. Brown…

    Christian Science Monitor
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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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  • Van Basten steps down as Alkmaar head coach

    ALKMAAR, Netherlands (AP) — Marco van Basten has stepped down as AZ Alkmaar coach and will continue at the Eredivisie club as assistant to a new coach.

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  • Dirty water raising health risk in flooded Kashmir

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The floodwaters are finally receding in much of Kashmir, but health experts worry a crisis could be looming with countless bloated livestock floating across the waterlogged region and hundreds of thousands of people living in temporary shelters.

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  • Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — A typhoon struck China's southernmost island of Hainan on Tuesday, forcing the cancellation of dozens of flights as it headed northwest toward Vietnam. About 90,000 people in southern China were evacuated from high-risk areas ahead of Typhoon Kalmaegi, China's official Xinhua News…

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  • World Bank: Palestinian economy to shrink in 2014

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The World Bank says the Palestinian economy is expected to shrink by 4 percent in 2014 after seven years of largely aid-driven growth.

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  • FIFA audit panel member stood down from duty

    ZURICH (AP) — A member of FIFA's financial monitoring panel has been stood down from duty while implicated in financial corruption.

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  • Afridi is Pakistan T20 captain, Misbah ODI skipper

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Shahid Afridi will captain Pakistan in Twenty20s until 2016 while Misbah-ul-Haq will remain the skipper for the World Cup next year, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Tuesday.

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  • Turkey mulls 'buffer zone' against Jihadist group

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Turkey's military is working on plans to establish a "buffer zone" against Islamic militants, on the country's borders with Iraq and Syria, Turkish media reports said Tuesday.

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  • Syria aircraft crashes in city held by IS group

    BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say that a Syrian military aircraft has crashed in a city that is a main stronghold of the militant Islamic State group.

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  • Cibulkova advances at Pan Pacific Open

    TOKYO (AP) — Sixth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova beat Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the second round of the Pan Pacific Open on Tuesday.

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