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At England-Scotland border, a rock-hard message of love

With the Scottish independence vote in a dead heat, Britons gathered stones to show support for the union.

Afghan official says government is nearly broke

Without an infusion of $537 million, the country might not be able to pay its bills, a finance official said.

Moderate Uighur scholar faces Chinese show trial

Human rights groups call the case a “travesty of justice” that will fuel extremism in Xinjiang.

Ukraine ratifies pact with E.U., gives concessions to rebels

The Ukrainian parliament approved an association accord with the E.U. over Moscow’s objections.

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Lava flows from Philippine volcano, thousands flee

Lava flows from Philippine volcano, thousands flee

The Philippines’ most active volcano belched out huge lava fragments, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers.

Four coalition soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Four coalition soldiers killed in Afghanistan

A suicide attack in Kabul killed three troops; a fourth was fatally shot by an Afghan soldier.

Rent prices skyrocket in devastated Gaza Strip

Rent prices skyrocket in devastated Gaza Strip

There is not enough housing for all, and when and how post-war rebuilding will happen is still unclear.

Yoshiko ‘Shirley’ Yamaguchi, actress, dies at 94

Yoshiko ‘Shirley’ Yamaguchi, actress, dies at 94

She posed as a Chinese actress in Japanese wartime propaganda films and later came to Hollywood.

UN takes over C. African Republic peacekeeping

The United Nations is taking over from an African peacekeeping mission trying to stabilize Central African Republic.

Iran turns down U.S. request to team up against militants

Iran turns down U.S. request to team up against militants

The country’s supreme leader called the offer of cooperation “hollow,” but Iran is still a foe of the Islamic State.

Ukraine leader offers rebels major concessions to end war

Ukraine leader offers rebels major concessions to end war

The proposal by Petro Poroshenko includes amnesty for rebels and self-governance within Ukraine.

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Himalayan death tolls

Since 1950, around 25,000 summit climbs have been attempted on peaks in the Himalayas with more than 900 people dying in the attempt.

2009: A Rwanda homecoming

Former rebels and their families return after 15 years in Congo.

Refuge: Stories from the Syrian exodus

Refugees from Syria’s civil war are remaking the political, economic and religious landscape in the Mideast.

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Suicide bomb kills three foreign soldiers in Kabul

Suicide bomb kills three foreign soldiers in Kabul

The Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed three coalitions soldiers in Afghanistan. Officials say five service members and more than a dozen Afghans were wounded.
As Scotland eyes independence, U.K. gets nervous

As Scotland eyes independence, U.K. gets nervous

With polls tightening on Scottish independence, the rest of the United Kingdom worries about the economic risks of breakaway in the Sept. 18 vote.
Scots campaign ahead of independence vote

Scots campaign ahead of independence vote

Thursday's referendum will determine whether Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom or becomes an independent country in 18 months.
British PM: No re-runs in Scot independence vote

British PM: No re-runs in Scot independence vote

British Prime Minister David Cameron, in his last speech before voters decide Thursday on Scottish independence, is appealing for Scots not to turn their backs on the best family of nations in the world.
Former British PM argues against Scottish independence

Former British PM argues against Scottish independence

With just two days to go until a referendum on Scotland's independence, former British prime minister Gordon Brown warned that a vote for independence could send the economy into a tailspin.
Diplomats vow to fight Islamic State by any means necessary

Diplomats vow to fight Islamic State by any means necessary

No country is offering ground troops, and the United States so far has been alone in carrying out airstrikes -- but diplomats from 24 countries pledged Monday to fight Islamic State militants "by any means necessary," including militarily.
‘‘Viva, Mexico’: Bright lights, music for Independence Day

‘‘Viva, Mexico’: Bright lights, music for Independence Day

Huge crowds packed Mexico City's Zocalo Square for celebrations marking the day in 1810 when the fight began for Mexico’s liberation from Spain.
Hurricane Odile whips up winds and waves in Mexico

Hurricane Odile whips up winds and waves in Mexico

The powerful Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern end of Mexico's Baja California peninsula near Cabo San Lucas Sunday night. Earlier video showed trees swaying in the storm's powerful winds.
U.K.’s Cameron: ‘We will hunt down those responsible’

U.K.’s Cameron: ‘We will hunt down those responsible’

British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the killing of the British aid worker David Haines on Sunday and vowed to destroy the Islamic State.
Scots hold Highland Games ahead of vote

Scots hold Highland Games ahead of vote

Scottish athletes are showcasing their unique sporting culture at the Highland Games. The competition comes just ahead of Thursday's vote on Scottish independence from the U.K.
Kerry seeks Egypt's help combating Islamic State

Kerry seeks Egypt's help combating Islamic State

Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Egypt has a "critical role to play" in beating back the extremist Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.
British PM on Islamic State beheading: ‘They are not Muslims, they are monsters’

British PM on Islamic State beheading: ‘They are not Muslims, they are monsters’

David Haines, a British aid worker who was kidnapped in Syria last year, became the third Westerner beheaded by the Islamic State group in recent weeks.
Rescuers save over 100 on board sunken ferry in the Philippines

Rescuers save over 100 on board sunken ferry in the Philippines

A rescue team worked overnight to recover two bodies and save about 100 people on board a ferry that sank after encountering steering trouble in the central Philippines.
Monsoon floods kill hundreds in India, Pakistan

Monsoon floods kill hundreds in India, Pakistan

Heavy monsoon rains and flash floods in India and Pakistan have killed nearly 300 people. The death toll is likely to grow as forecasters predict more rain in the coming days.
U.S., E.U. implement new sanctions on Russia

U.S., E.U. implement new sanctions on Russia

The United States and the European Union have imposed a new round of economic sanctions on Russia. Officials say the penalties are aimed at punishing Russia for deepening its provocations in Ukraine.
Reported Russian aid arrives in Ukraine

Reported Russian aid arrives in Ukraine

A convoy of trucks filled with almost 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid, rolled across the Russian border and into Ukraine on Saturday morning, according to Russian media.

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Israel mourns three teens at public funeral

The students who went missing in the West Bank in June were laid to rest in the city of Modiin.

Churches step in to help with Ebola prevention

In Ebola-ravaged Liberia, churches serve as a last gathering place.

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Fun and fascinating creatures around the world.

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West Coast wildfires, goldfish surgery, a giant squid, Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano and more.

Public evenly divided on Scotland referendum

Thousands march in Edinburgh against; a different story in Glasgow.

Aboard the USS America

On its maiden voyage, the Navy’s newest warship is sailing around South America to its home port in San Diego.

Fighting resumes in Ukraine over weekend

Novosvitlivka was severely damaged during fighting between government troops and separatist rebels.

Hurricane Odile batters Mexico’s Baja peninsula

Heavy wind and rain cause damage, and displace residents and tourists.

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A mud race for charity, the Miss America pageant, the unveiling of a memorial to Amy Winehouse and more top news photos.

Pushing back Islamic State

Government forces and Shiite militias launch counterattack to reclaim territories taken by the militants.

Cease-fire between Ukraine, Russia holds

Ukraine’s military said the truce, which took effect Sept. 5, was generally holding.

Catalans protest for independence

Activists gather in Barcelona to show support for a vote on secession from Spain.

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At the seaside near Gaza, flooding in India, confronting the Islamic State and more of the top news photos this week.

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Van Gogh exhibit in Russia, 9/11 remembered, solar storms, filming of a “Point Break” remake in Tahiti and more.

World Nomad Games

More than 350 participants from 17 countries are joining in the showcase of sports of nomadic peoples.

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Nomad games, brain wave flight control research, a supernova remnant, the Tribute in Light and more.