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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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EU 'disappointed' at little progress by Iran on nuclear issue

VIENNA - The European Union said on Thursday it was disappointed with a lack of progress by Iran in addressing concerns about its suspected atomic bomb research, pressuring Tehran to cooperate with a long-stalled U.N. watchdog inquiry.

6:45am EDT

Egypt targets last bastion of Muslim Brotherhood dissent

CAIRO - Egypt has moved to close down one of the last bastions of Muslim Brotherhood dissent with sweeping new rules to curtail violent protest at Al Azhar University, among the world's most venerable centers of Islamic learning.

Egypt 7:41am EDT

Armed Shi'ite rebels push into Yemen's capital

SANAA - Armed Shi'ite rebels pushed into Yemen's capital Sanaa after clashing with the army in the city's northwest outskirts on Thursday, security sources and residents said, in an escalation of weeks of fighting and protests.

United Nations, Yemen 6:53am EDT

Islamic State seizes villages in Syria as drone scouts skies

BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters captured villages and besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria near the border with Turkey on Thursday in a major assault that prompted a commander to appeal for military aid from other Kurds in the region.

Syria, Turkey 7:14am EDT

Libya's elected parliament rejects PM's new cabinet: parliamentary spokesman

BENGHAZI Libya - Libya's elected parliament has rejected the new cabinet of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni, a parliamentary spokesman said on Thursday.

Libya 6:18am EDT

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