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Scots spurn independence in historic vote, nationalist leader resigns

EDINBURGH - Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum on Thursday, saving a union dating back over 300 years but ushering in a period of intense bargaining over Prime Minister David Cameron's pre-vote pledges to give Scots more say over their own affairs. | Video

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Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania form joint military unit

WARSAW - Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania launched a joint military force on Friday that Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said could start its first exercises in the tense region in the next year.

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Mexican kingpin's brother among seven slain men in western state

MEXICO CITY - The brother of one of Mexico's most wanted drug lords was among seven dead men found on Friday in a violent western state that has been one of the biggest security headaches for President Enrique Pena Nieto.

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Ebola lockdown brings Sierra Leone capital to a halt

FREETOWN - Streets in the capital of Sierra Leone were deserted on Friday as the West African state began a contested, three-day lockdown in a bid to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record. | Video

Bahrain says parties find common ground but Shi'ites say demands not met

MANAMA - Bahrain's Crown Prince said on Friday political parties had identified five areas of "common ground" including potential parliamentary and judicial reforms, in a bid to end years of instability in the U.S.-allied Gulf Arab island state.

Davos, Bahrain 3:04pm EDT

Three years after Somali famine, new hunger crisis looms

MOGADISHU - When African peacekeepers and Somali troops launched an offensive against Islamist militants in Somalia's small seaside town of Marka, Rukia Nur and her 10 children joined the stream of thousands who have fled to the capital in past months.

United Nations, Africa 3:08pm EDT

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