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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 break the 307-year-old union in a finely balanced independence referendum with global consequences. | Video

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U.N. says five peacekeepers killed, three wounded in Mali blast

DAKAR - The United Nations mission in Mali said five of its Chadian peacekeepers were killed and another three wounded when their vehicle was hit by an explosive device in the north of the country on Thursday.

United Nations, Africa, Mali 3:04pm 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

Moroccan government proposes penalties for nationals fighting in Syria, Iraq

RABAT - Morocco's government proposed legislation on Thursday which would make it a crime to join an armed group or undertake training in conflict zones, in a move aimed at some 2,000 Moroccan Islamists it believes are fighting in Syria and Iraq.

Syria, Iraq 4:58pm 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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