Ryan Randall plays the bagpipes outside a polling station in Edinburgh, Scotland September 18, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

'No' votes cling to slight lead in Scotland's referendum

EDINBURGH - Scots began voting in an referendum that will decide the fate of the United Kingdom, with five polls showing a slight lead for those opposing independence.  Live Coverage | Full Article 

Islamic State releases video it says shows British journalist John Cantlie 11:47am EDT

BEIRUT - Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Thursday that they said shows British journalist John Cantlie in captivity saying he will soon reveal "facts" about the group to counter its portrayal in Western media.

A member of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) forensic unit inspects a garage at a house that was involved in pre-dawn raids in the western Sydney suburb of Guilford September 18, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray

Australia foils Islamic State plot: Prime Minister

SYDNEY - Militants connected with radical group Islamic State were planning to behead a member of the public in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said, after hundreds of police raided homes in a sweeping counter-terrorism operation.  Full Article 

Alibaba founder Jack Ma gives a thumbs-up as he arrives to speak to investors at an initial public offering roadshow in Singapore September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Alibaba set to price IPO shares amid frenzy

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is set to sell some $22 billion of shares, capping a two-week road show that drew frenzied interest from investors worldwide.  Full Article 

New Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Tablets are displayed during a launch event in New York September 17, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Amazon expands Kindle lineup

NEW YORK - Amazon.com ramped up its push into hardware with the debut of six new or upgraded devices, including a high-end $199 e-reader called the Kindle Voyage and its cheapest-ever touch-screen tablet.  Full Article 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas waves to the media as he arrives for an Arab League Foreign Ministers emergency meeting at the league's headquarters in Cairo September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

After Abbas, who will lead the Palestinians?

JERUSALEM/RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will not stand in future elections. The lack of an obvious successor could throw the Palestinian cause into turmoil.  Full Article 

Firefighters battle the King Fire in Fresh Pond, California September 17, 2014. REUTERS/Noah Berger

Wildfire in California menaces 2,000 homes

LOS ANGELES - Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand against a blaze that threatened at least 2,000 homes and has displaced hundreds of residents.  Full Article 

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Iranian FM says U.S. allies providing support to Islamic State

Without naming them, Iran's Foreign Minister accuses U.S. allies in the Mideast of providing support to Islamic State and calls the recent IS Paris conference a "coalition of repenters". Rough Cut (no reporter narration).