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Scots spurn independence in historic vote, devolution battle begins

EDINBURGH - Scotland spurned independence and saved a union dating back 300 years in a historic referendum but its defeated leader said it would hold London to last minute offers of more power that could radically reshape the United Kingdom. | Video

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Russia critical of MH17 inquiry, wants bigger U.N. role

UNITED NATIONS - Russia on Friday criticized an international investigation into the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine, saying it can be transparent only with more U.N. involvement, even though the world body found the inquiry met international standards.

Russia, United Nations 3:12pm EDT

Chad accuses U.N. of neglecting its peacekeepers in Mali

N'DJAMENA - Chad's government accused the United Nations' peacekeeping mission in Mali on Friday of failing to relieve its contingent in the country's volatile north and neglecting to support it, a day after five Chadian soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb.

Africa, Mali, United Nations 5:20pm EDT

Exxon winds down drilling as U.S. sanctions hit Russia

WASHINGTON - Exxon Mobil said on Friday it will wind down drilling in Russia's Arctic in the face of U.S. sanctions targeting Western cooperation with Moscow's oil sector, after the Obama administration granted a brief extension to safely mothball its operations.

Russia 5:08pm EDT

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.

1:20pm EDT

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

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