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Scots vote against independence in four small constituencies

EDINBURGH - Scotland voted against breaking apart the United Kingdom in four small constituencies, early referendum results showed on Friday, as Scots agonized over the fate of their country following a divisive independence campaign. | Video

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China separatism trial of Muslim scholar ends, verdict next week: lawyer

BEIJING - China's trial of a Uighur scholar on separatism charges completed its two days of evidence on Thursday, and his lawyer said a verdict in a case that has drawn international criticism might come next week.

China 11:18pm 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 on the northwestern outskirts on Thursday, security sources and residents said, causing further instability after weeks of fighting and protests.

United Nations, Yemen 6:09pm EDT

Russia's Putin says sanctions violate principles of WTO

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Western sanctions against Russia violated the principles of the World Trade Organization and the main way to combat them was to develop the domestic market. | Video

Russia 5:41pm EDT

Three car bombs, mortars kill 23 in Shi'ite Baghdad districts

BAGHDAD - Three car bombs were detonated in adjacent Shi'ite Baghdad neighbourhoods on Thursday followed by a dozen mortar rounds, killing at least 23 people and wounding more than 50, security and medical sources said.

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Maverick and web tycoon shape as key players in New Zealand election

WELLINGTON - A pugnacious political maverick who wants tighter controls on the economy, immigration and on foreigners buying land, is shaping up as the king maker in New Zealand elections on Saturday.

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