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Scots spurn independence in historic vote, nationalist leader resigns

EDINBURGH - Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain’s remaining global clout. | Video

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U.S. won't stand in way of Venezuela's U.N. Security Council bid

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON - The United States will not stand in the way of Venezuela securing a temporary seat on the U.N. Security Council in 2015-16 after Latin American and Caribbean states unanimously endorsed its bid, U.N. diplomats and U.S. sources say.

Sarkozy returns to politics, offers France new start

PARIS - Nicolas Sarkozy announced his political comeback on Friday, saying he would seek the leadership of France's main rightist party, opening the way for a possible return to the Elysee Palace in 2017 elections.

France 1:34pm EDT

Bahrain says national dialogue parties find common ground

MANAMA - Bahrain's Crown Prince said on Friday political parties had identified five areas of "common ground" including potential parliamentary and judicial reforms, a move which could address opposition Shi'ite grievances in the U.S.-allied Gulf kingdom.

Davos, Bahrain 1:42pm EDT

Kenya detains two Iranians on suspicion of planning attacks

NAIROBI - Kenyan anti-terror police have detained two Iranian men using forged Israeli passports to enter the East African country, on suspicion that they may have been involved in a plan to carry out an attack there, officials said on Friday.

Israel, Africa 1:39pm EDT

Russia fails to remove Syria nuclear probe from IAEA agenda

VIENNA - Western states defeated a Russian proposal on Friday to remove Syria's alleged past nuclear activities from the agenda of meetings of the U.N. atomic agency, diplomats said.

Russia, Syria 1:26pm EDT

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