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

EDINBURGH - Scotland voted in a referendum on Thursday to choose whether to end the 307-year-old union with England and become an independent nation or stay within the United Kingdom - a decision which could have consequences across the globe. | Video

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Death toll in West Africa Ebola epidemic reaches 2,622: WHO

LONDON - At least 2,622 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola virus in history, which has so far infected at least 5,335 people in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

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China not warlike, says Xi, as border standoff dominates India trip

NEW DELHI - A standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers overshadowed a visit to New Delhi by Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, with a $20 billion investment pledge eclipsed by robust comments from India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the dispute.

China, United Nations 9:07am EDT

Islamic State seizes villages in Syria as drone scouts skies

BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters encircled a Kurdish city in northern Syria near the border with Turkey on Thursday after seizing 21 villages in a major assault that prompted a commander to appeal for military aid from other Kurds in the region.

Syria, Turkey 8:56am EDT

After Mahmoud Abbas, who will lead the Palestinians?

JERUSALEM/RAMALLAH West Bank - Most Palestinians have known only two leaders: Yasser Arafat, the stubble-chinned firebrand fond of chequered scarves and olive fatigues, and Mahmoud Abbas, a smooth-shaven father figure who favors Western suits and ties.

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West tells Iran it must address nuclear bomb fears

VIENNA - Western powers told Iran on Thursday it must step up cooperation with a U.N. watchdog investigation into suspected atomic bomb research if it wants to get a broader nuclear deal that would ease sanctions on the oil producer.

Davos 8:42am EDT

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