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A new dawn for some, a hangover for others in wake of Scotland’s vote to stay in UK

Following a long night that brought floods of relief for some and bitter disappointment for others, Scotland awoke with a hangover Friday after voting to reject independence. READ

France becomes 1st country to join US airstrikes on Islamic State group in Iraq

France is back at America’s side in conducting military strikes in Iraq. READ

Sierra Leone and Liberia, hardest hit by Ebola, brace and prepare for new cases

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Two of the West African nations hardest hit by Ebola were bracing for new caseloads on Monday after trying to outflank the outbreak with a nationwide checkup and a large new clinic. Sierra Leone was expected to announce a sharp increase in Ebola patients Tuesday following a nationwide effort to identify new cases, while Liberia opened its largest treatment centre yet. READ

U.S. newlyweds who admitted to killing man in Craigslist ploy draw life sentences

A newlywed couple whose Craigslist ad lured a stranger to his death were sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole by a judge who said their “permanent removal” from society is appropriate. READ

Islamic State fighters capture 21 Kurdish villages in northern Syria near Turkish border

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. READ

Excitement vies with apprehension as Scots decide on future

Excitement vied with apprehension as Scottish voters went to the polls Thursday in a referendum on becoming an independent state, deciding whether to dissolve a union with England that brought great prosperity but has increasingly been felt by many Scots as stifling. READ

Thai police say no DNA match yet for slain British tourists

Police in Thailand said Wednesday that DNA samples from the bodies of two British tourists found bludgeoned on a resort island did not match any collected from 12 people who were among those in the area. READ

Americans want to die at home, free from pain, but often the opposite happens, report finds

Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by “perverse incentives” for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday. READ

Excitement, anxiety mount a day before Scotland votes on independence

For Scots, Wednesday was a day of excitement, apprehension, and a flood of final appeals before a big decision. In a matter of hours, they will determine whether Scotland leaves the United Kingdom and becomes an independent state. READ

Lava flows from Philippine volcano; thousands flee amid fears of violent burst

The Philippines’ most active volcano belched out huge lava fragments that rolled about a kilometre (half a mile) down its slope in an ongoing gentle eruption, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said Tuesday. READ

UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola; cases could double every 3 weeks

The number of Ebola cases could start doubling every three weeks in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that the outbreak will cost nearly $1 billion to contain so it does not turn into a “human catastrophe.” READ

Ukraine lawmakers approve landmark deal with Europe, give greater autonomy for rebellious east

Ukraine moved to resolve months of crisis Tuesday by strengthening ties to Europe and loosening some controls over the country’s rebellious eastern regions where it has been fighting Russian-backed separatists. READ

Ugandan authorities arrest 19 terror suspects, seize explosives in raid on al-Shabab cell

Ugandan authorities are holding 19 suspects arrested over an apparent terror plot, officials said Monday as the security agencies continued an operation to dismantle what they said was an al-Shabab cell plotting attacks in this East African country. READ

Kerry: US won’t rule out working with Iran against Islamic State

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he won’t shut the door on the possibility of working with Iran against a common enemy in the Islamic State militant group, but the two nations won’t co-ordinate on military action. READ

6 killed, 15 wounded in worst fighting since Ukraine cease-fire began

Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, the city council said Monday — the worst reported violence since a cease-fire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops took effect on Sept. 5. READ

U.S. government, WHO seek ways to expand production of Ebola drugs, vaccines

High level efforts are underway to find ways to substantially ramp up production of experimental Ebola vaccines and drugs, officials at the World Health Organization and within the U.S. government say. READ

Harper says no root cause for rise of ’vile’ ISIL, as Baird attends Paris talks

Prime Minister Stephen Harper denounced Monday the widely held view that fearsome new militants in Iraq and Syria have a “root cause” — a stark characterization that questions the reason for his foreign minister’s recent trip to Iraq. READ

Australia says threat of terrorism is at 2nd-highest level due to Islamic State movement

The Australian government on Friday raised its terrorism threat level to the second-highest warning in response to the domestic threat posed by Islamic State movement supporters. READ

Dutch prosecutor: Shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 ’most likely’ scenario

The possibility that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down from the ground is the “most likely” scenario being probed by dozens of detectives, the chief Dutch prosecutor overseeing the criminal investigation into the downing of the jet said Friday. READ

Oscar Pistorius is convicted of culpable homicide in girlfriend’s killing

A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder. Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether to appeal only after sentencing. READ

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