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Mali road bomb kills 4 U.N. troops

posted: 09/19/2014 4 a.m. Discuss

A roadside bomb in northern Mali killed four United Nations peacekeepers and wounded three Thursday, a spokesman said

Islamic State seizes 21 villages in northern Syria

posted: 09/18/2014 11:01 a.m. Discuss

BEIRUT — Islamic State fighters backed by tanks have captured 21 Kurdish villages over the past 24 hours in northern Syria near the Turkish border, prompting civilians to flee their homes amid fears of retribution by the extremists sweeping through the area, activists said.

Rob Ford to undergo 40 days of chemotherapy, doctor says

posted: 09/18/2014 9:23 a.m. Discuss

TORONTO — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will undergo 40 days of chemotherapy to treat a rare and difficult-to-beat cancer that forced him to do what months of scandals over drug and alcohol abuse could not — drop his bid for re-election.

Vote counting begins in Scotland on independence

updated: 09/18/2014 4:08 p.m. Comment 1

EDINBURGH, Scotland — Scots held the fate of the United Kingdom in their hands Thursday as they voted in a referendum on becoming an independent state, deciding whether to unravel a marriage with England that built an empire but has increasingly been felt by many Scots as stifling and one-sided.

India, China vow cooperation as troops face off

posted: 09/18/2014 7:09 a.m. Discuss

NEW DELHI — Indian and Chinese troops faced off along their Himalayan border Thursday as the countries' leaders held a rare meeting in New Delhi, promising to boost economic cooperation and substantially increase Chinese investment in India's infrastructure.

Australian police: Raids thwarted beheading plot

posted: 09/18/2014 7 a.m. Discuss

SYDNEY — Police on Thursday said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group. They detained 15 people and raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney, though nine of those brought in were freed before the day was over.

House gives Obama OK to train Syrians

posted: 09/18/2014 5:06 a.m. Comments 2

The Republican-controlled House voted to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria.

Passionate pleas mark eve of vote in Scotland

posted: 09/18/2014 5:01 a.m. Discuss

On the final day of campaigning over Scotland's future, independence supporters and opponents made emotional appeals to wavering voters to take their side.

Arizonans fortify buildings as deluge from Odile begins

posted: 09/18/2014 4:48 a.m. Discuss

People lined up in bumper-to-bumper traffic, and scooped sand into trash and canvas tote bags Wednesday as rain from a weakened Pacific storm began to fall on Arizona.

Senate: U.S. contractors hacked by China

posted: 09/18/2014 4:41 a.m. Discuss

China's military hacked into computer networks of civilian transportation companies hired by the Pentagon at least nine times, breaking into computers aboard a commercial ship, targeting logistics companies and uploading malicious software onto an airline's computers, Senate investigators said Wednesday.

15 arrests head off terror attack, Australians say

posted: 09/18/2014 4:39 a.m. Discuss

Australian police detained 15 people today in a major counterterrorism operation, saying intelligence indicated a random, violent attack was being planned on Australian soil.

Accused Chinese scholar denies urging separatism

posted: 09/18/2014 4:37 a.m. Discuss

A high-profile Muslim Uighur scholar and government critic denied he had encouraged separatism as he stood trial Wednesday in China's far western region of Xinjiang, where authorities say terrorists are seeking an independent state.

Stung, Japan seeks backing to resume whale hunting

posted: 09/18/2014 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Japan sought international backing Wednesday for its highly criticized plan to resume whale hunting in the Antarctic next year, despite a ruling against it by the top United Nations court.

Liberia chief: U.S. sets tone on Ebola aid

posted: 09/18/2014 4:28 a.m. Discuss

People critically ill with Ebola languish in an ambulance for hours as paramedics seek a place for them. Treatment centers fill up as soon as they are opened. The situation is so dire in Liberia that its president welcomed a U.S. pledge of troops and treatment centers, but said much more needs to be done.

Strikes killed 40 militants, Pakistan says

posted: 09/18/2014 4:26 a.m. Discuss

Pakistan's military launched airstrikes on five militant hideouts in a troubled tribal region near the border with Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing 40 suspected fighters as part of an operation that began this summer.

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