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Fed could hint on rate-hike plans as it prepares for policy turn

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday could offer fresh clues on when it plans to begin lifting interest rates and how quickly it will move, as it prepares for a momentous policy turn after years of aggressive monetary stimulus.

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Nearly 50 dead in Syria air strikes on central province: monitor

BEIRUT - At least 48 people including rebel fighters have been killed in Syrian government air bombardments around a town in the central province of Homs, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.

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Scots' support for independence lags on eve of referendum

EDINBURGH - On the eve of Scotland's historic referendum, opinion polls on Wednesday showed support for staying within the United Kingdom marginally stronger than backing for independence, but tens of thousands of undecided citizens agonized over which way to vote. | Video

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U.S. general says cannot rule out larger ground role in Iraq

WASHINGTON - The most senior U.S. military officer raised the possibility on Tuesday that American troops might need to take on a larger role in Iraq's ground war against Islamic State militants, but the White House stressed they would not deploy on a combat mission.

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Chinese envoy says North Korea's Kim Jong Un may visit Beijing: Yonhap

SEOUL - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could go to China on his first foreign trip since taking power, China's ambassador to South Korea said on Wednesday, according to a report from South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

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Wildfire rips through 150 homes in Northern California

LOS ANGELES - Fire crews in California battled on Tuesday to halt the advance of wildfire that has already destroyed about 150 homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages that left an evacuation shelter without electricity, authorities said.

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Xi sees factory China and back office India as global engine

AHMEDABAD India - A combination of the "world's factory" and the "world's back office" will drive global economic growth, Chinese President Xi Jinping said ahead of a rare visit to India on Wednesday, playing down mistrust that has kept the Asian giants apart. | Video