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Scots vote on independence, United Kingdom's fate on knife-edge

EDINBURGH (Reuters - Scotland voted on Thursday on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or end the 307-year-old union with England and become an independent nation in a finely balanced referendum with far-reaching 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

U.N. to deploy Ebola mission as death toll reaches 2,630

PARIS/CONAKRY - The United Nations unveiled plans on Thursday for a special mission to combat the worst Ebola epidemic on record in West Africa, as the death toll hit 2,630 and France became the latest Western nation to step up its support. | Video

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

New Slovenia government wins parliament approval, aims to cut deficit

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's parliament on Thursday approved the new centre-left coalition government of Prime Minister Miro Cerar, which will aim to cut public spending and improve tax collection to help reduce the budget deficit to within EU limits.

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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 2:33pm EDT

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