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Alibaba boosts IPO as demand strengthens

HONG KONG/NEW YORK - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd [IPO-BABA.N] raised the price range on its initial public offering to $66 to $68 on Monday, reflecting strong demand from investors for the year's most anticipated debut and potentially the world's largest-ever IPO. | Video

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On last visit before vote, PM Cameron appeals to Scots to keep Britain intact

ABERDEEN/LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron used his last visit to Scotland before a historic independence referendum this week to implore Scots to remain part of the United Kingdom, warning on Monday that a breakaway vote would be irreversible. | Video

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Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders hit record 4 million on first day

- Apple Inc said many customers will need to wait until next month for their new iPhones after a record 4 million first-day pre-orders were logged, double the number for the iPhone 5 two years ago. | Video

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Western sanctions are testing Russia's strength: Medvedev

MOSCOW - Russia's strength is being tested by sanctions imposed by the West and the country must react in a level-headed way, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told members of the country's ruling party, United Russia, on Monday. | Video

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Forging coalition, Sweden's new left leader angers ally

STOCKHOLM - Sweden's center-left leader risked alienating a major ally on Monday as he tried to forge a minority government with his defeated center-right foes on Monday after an election that saw an anti-immigrant party surge.

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Crews battle 11 major California wildfires amid drought, heat wave

LOS ANGELES - Crews battled nearly a dozen major wildfires across California on Monday that have forced hundreds of people to flee, destroyed dozens of homes and structures and charred thousands of acres of forest land left bone dry by the state's record drought.The most destructive of the 11 blazes, the Courtney Fire, quickly blackened 320 acres east of Yosemite after it erupted on Sunday, burning several homes to the ground, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire

U.S. expands Iraq campaign with strike against Islamic State near Baghdad

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military struck an Islamic State target southwest of Baghdad, U.S. Central Command said on Monday, in an expansion of the Obama administration's campaign against the militant group that has seized large swaths of Iraq and neighboring Syria.