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Scottish independence bid has British leaders on the line

The drive for independence has been fueled by extraordinary anger toward Britain’s political class.

Scottish vote: Stay in Britain or carve independent path

The referendum asks whether to keep a three-century-old union.

In fight against drug money, Mexican art galleries suffer

New money laundering laws spook art buyers who preferred to pay with cash, and a boom is cooling off.

Iraq fighting exposes cracks in Kurdish success story

The U.S. strategy to combat the Islamic State leans on the Kurds, but they have problems of their own.

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Yitzhak Hofi, Israeli spymaster of 1970s and ’80s, dies at 87

Yitzhak Hofi, Israeli spymaster of 1970s and ’80s, dies at 87

Mr. Hofi played planning roles in the raid on Entebbe and the normalization of relations with Egypt.

World Bank: ‘Fear factor’ drives Ebola’s economic impact

World Bank: ‘Fear factor’ drives Ebola’s economic impact

Economic losses could grow 8 fold; Doctors Without Borders reports its first infected foreign worker.

Thousands still undecided in Scottish independence vote

Thousands still undecided in Scottish independence vote

With polls opening Thursday morning, politicians on both sides make a final push to woo this group.

Ukraine’s leader to come to Washington to ask for aid

Ukraine’s leader to come to Washington to ask for aid

Poroshenko will meet with Obama and address Congress as he seeks military and economic assistance.

American man tries to swim to North Korea, gets arrested

American man tries to swim to North Korea, gets arrested

The man, found lying on the banks of a river, told South Korean officials that he wanted to meet the North’s leader.

China’s jihadist threat takes on global dimensions

China’s jihadist threat takes on global dimensions

As Beijing confronts Islamist threats from abroad, Washington seeks common ground in Iraq and Syria.

Moderate Uighur scholar faces Chinese show trial

Moderate Uighur scholar faces Chinese show trial

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

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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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Scots vote on independence from U.K.

Scots vote on independence from U.K.

Polls opened Thursday morning for a historic vote on Scottish independence from the United Kingdom, the country split over whether separation would be beneficial.
World watches as Scots prep for independence vote

World watches as Scots prep for independence vote

Ties that united Scotland to the rest of the United Kingdom for hundreds of years are being tested as Scots vote on independence Thursday. Polls suggest the outcome is too close to call, leading to last minute campaigning on both sides.
Iraqi PM says no to foreign ground troops

Iraqi PM says no to foreign ground troops

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in an interview on Wednesday that foreign ground troops are neither necessary nor wanted in his country's fight against the Islamic State.
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.

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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.

On Ebola’s front line

As the Ebola epidemic continues, a new treatment center in Liberia has started accepting patients.

Hurricane Odile batters Mexico’s Baja peninsula

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

Financial woes roil a part of Iraq used to stability

Oil-rich Kurdistan region is shaken by Islamic State threat and an economic crisis fueled by budget disputes and corruption.

Unrest resumes in Ukraine

Clashes with police erupted during rallies before and after adoption of a “lustration” law.

Public evenly divided on Scotland referendum

Both sides make a last push for supporters ahead of a vote on independence.

Day in photos

Wildfires in California, National Guardsmen return from Afghanistan, NASA’s Orion test and more.

Clashes over housing in Brazil

Riot police evicted activists occupying an abandoned hotel in Sao Paulo. Then violence broke out in the streets.

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.

Day in photos

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

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.

Photos of the day

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.