Cheers, tears from winners, losers in Scotland referendum

EDINBURGH — People reacted with relief and joy on one side and disappointment laced with bitterness on the other on Friday after Scotland decided to stay part of the United Kingdom in a referendum on independence.

Many people stayed u [...]

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Scots vote in independence referendum to seal the United Kingdom’s fate

EDINBURGH — Scots began voting in an independence referendum on Thursday that will decide the fate of the United Kingdom, after opinion polls showed hundreds of thousands of them were still agonizing over whether to stay with the 307-year un [...]

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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.

After sinking into his seat at the center of the cavernous interior o [...]

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Grassley encourages Obama to ‘be strong’ in response to Islamic State

CEDAR RAPIDS — Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley believes President Barack Obama has the authority to take military action to protect Americans from the threat of the Islamic State.

“This is not the time to be cautious,” Gr [...]

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U.S. confirms death of al-Shabaab leader in Somalia air strike

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon confirmed on Friday that Ahmed Godane, a founder of the al-Shabaab Islamist group, was killed in a U.S. air strike in Somalia this week, calling it a “major symbolic and operational loss” for the al Q [...]

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Obama says U.S. will ‘take out’ Islamic State leaders

NEWPORT, Wales — U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday the United States would hunt down Islamic State militants in Iraq and “take out” their leaders with the goal of dismantling the organization as it had done with al-Qa [...]

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Ukraine, Russia agree to peace moves, but fighting rages on

KIEV/ULAN BATOR — Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday a deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine could be reached this week, a clear attempt to show the West he was trying to de-escalate the conflict despite renewed shelling.< [...]

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Obama says U.S. will ‘degrade and destroy’ Islamic State

TALLINN — The United States plans to fight Islamic State until it is no longer a force in the Middle East and will seek justice for the killing of American journalist Steven Sotloff, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.

He added [...]

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Same-sex marriage cases await early decision by U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for the state of Utah believe they have the perfect case for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide once and for all the hotly-contested legal rights issue of whether states can ban same-sex marriage.

But so do lawyers [...]

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Islamic state video purports to show beheading of another U.S. hostage

DUBAI — The Islamic State militant group released a video purporting to show the beheading of U.S. hostage Steven Sotloff, the SITE monitoring service reported on Tuesday.

A masked figure in the video also issued a threat against a Br [...]

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United States’ CDC says Ebola threatens stability of stricken countries

CHICAGO — The world’s worst Ebola outbreak is threatening the stability of affected and neighboring countries in West Africa and a “massive” response is needed to bring it under control, the head of the U.S. Centers for [...]

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Ukraine rebels seek ‘special status’

MINSK — Pro-Russia separatists sat down for preliminary Ukraine peace talks on Monday due to resume later this week in the Belarusian capital Minsk, saying they would be prepared to stay part of Ukraine if they were granted “special st [...]

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U.N. urges U.S. to stop police brutality after Missouri shooting

GENEVA — The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Mo.

Minorities, [...]

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Britain raises its terrorism threat level over Syria, Iraq

LONDON — Britain raised its international terrorism threat level to the second highest level of “severe” on Friday in response to possible attacks being planned in Syria and Iraq, Home Secretary Theresa May said.

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Released U.S. hostage says he’s overwhelmed by welcome home

WASHINGTON — An American writer released this week after nearly two years of captivity in Syria said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of attention he received after returning home, he told reporters on Wednesday.

Peter Theo Curtis [...]

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