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Divided, Scots prepare to vote on fate of the United Kingdom

EDINBURGH - Just hours before Scotland's independence referendum, the fate of the United Kingdom rests on hundreds of thousands of wavering Scottish voters, as opinion polls showed supporters of the 307-year union just a whisker ahead of secessionists. | Video

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Islamic State campaign tests Obama's commitment to Mideast allies

WASHINGTON - After about 15 hours of flying and five hours of meetings, sleep finally caught up with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Baghdad. It was 6:04 p.m. 

Politics, 17 Sep 2014

Ukraine PM tells army to be on full battle alert despite ceasefire

KIEV - Ukraine's prime minister told government forces to remain on full battle alert on Wednesday as fighting in the rebel-held eastern city of Donetsk killed at least two civilians and further strained a ceasefire with Russian-backed separatists.

17 Sep 2014

Unborn baby of U.S. suspect in Bali suitcase murder gets a lawyer

DENPASAR Indonesia - An U.S. woman detained on the Indonesian resort island of Bali in connection with the murder of her mother has retained legal representation for her unborn child, the suspect's legal team said.

Indonesia 1:25am EDT

Polo becomes hurricane off Mexico's Pacific Coast

MEXICO CITY - Tropical storm Polo became a hurricane off Mexico's Pacific coast on Wednesday night, the U.S. National Hurricane Centre said, with maximum sustained winds of almost 75 miles per hour (120 kph) expected to strengthen.

Environment 12:55am EDT

Former Mexico official pleads guilty in corruption probe

SAN ANTONIO - A former top official in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, whose case became a symbol of Mexican government corruption, has pleaded guilty in Texas to federal money laundering charges, according to court documents.

Mexico 17 Sep 2014

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