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Scots vote in record numbers, await independence verdict

EDINBURGH - Scots agonized over the fate of their country on Friday after record numbers voted in a divisive independence referendum that could break apart the United Kingdom. | Video

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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

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.

3:29pm EDT

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.

9:16pm 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

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