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Scots vote in independence referendum to seal the United Kingdom's fate

EDINBURGH - Scots began voting in an independence referendum on Thursday that will decide the fate of the United Kingdom, after opinion polls showed hundreds of thousands of them were still agonizing over whether to stay with the 307-year union or back secession. | Video

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Islamic State campaign tests Obama's commitment to Mideast allies

WASHINGTON - After about 15 hours of flying and five hours of meetings, sleep finally caught up with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Baghdad. It was 6:04 p.m. 

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As growth stalls, G20 seeks closure on regulations

SYDNEY - G20 host Australia is leading a push to draw a line under the global financial crisis, urging the group of top economies to swiftly finalize regulations aimed at preventing a repeat of the crash and focus on measures to revive sputtering global growth.

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House votes to arm Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama's plan on Wednesday to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need to defeat Islamic State militants.

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China's house prices fall further, economic gloom deepens

BEIJING/SHANGHAI - Worries that China's economy may be slowing further intensified on Thursday as data showed home prices fell for the fourth straight month, adding to expectations that Beijing will need to do more to stimulate activity. | Video

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Wildfire in California's Sierra Nevada menaces 2,000 homes

LOS ANGELES - Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened at least 2,000 homes and has displaced hundreds of residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. | Video

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Australian PM says police raids follow IS linked beheading plot

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