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Scots independence polls close, UK's future in the balance

EDINBURGH - Scotland has voted on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or declare independence to break the 307-year-old union in a finely balanced referendum with global consequences. | Video

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U.S. sanctions military officers on both sides of South Sudan conflict

WASHINGTON - The United States imposed sanctions on two military officers on opposite sides of the ethnic violence in South Sudan on Thursday in a demonstration of U.S. frustration that fighting has continued despite two ceasefires.

6:07pm EDT

UK Muslim leaders call for release of Briton held by Islamic State

LONDON - Muslim groups across Britain called on Thursday for the release of British hostage Alan Henning, a volunteer aid worker captured in Syria whose life was threatened in a recent video released by Islamic State militants.

Syria 1:28pm 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

Kurds issue call to arms as Islamic State gains in Syria

BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria on Thursday after seizing 21 villages in a major assault, prompting a call to arms from Kurds in neighboring Turkey who urged followers to go and help resist the group's advance.

Syria, Turkey 5:19pm EDT

Greek police, protesters clash during rally to mark rapper killing

ATHENS - Greek police fired teargas at protesters who hurled petrol bombs and stones in Athens on Thursday during a rally marking one year since the killing of an anti-fascism rapper by a far-right Golden Dawn supporter.

Greece 3:15pm EDT

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