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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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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.

4:57pm EDT

Australian 'counter-terrorism' raids foil beheading plot: media

SYDNEY - Australian police will allege that members of a group targeted in a sweeping counter-terrorism operation on Thursday planned to behead a random member of the public after draping the victim in the flag of Islamic State militants, Australia media reported.

Australia, Tony Abbott 10:07pm 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 11:05pm EDT

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford diagnosed with rare cancer

- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has a very rare and aggressive type of cancerous tumor in his abdomen, his doctor said on Wednesday, and the controversial municipal leader will start chemotherapy treatment within days.

8:09pm EDT

Afghan election crisis talks stall over release of vote results

KABUL - Talks between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates have stalled again, in part over when and how to release the final results of an election that both say was rigged by the other side, officials said on Wednesday.

Afghanistan 5:08pm EDT

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