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  • France strikes Islamic State group's depot in Iraq

    PARIS (AP) — Joining U.S. forces acting in Iraqi skies, France conducted its first airstrikes Friday against the militant Islamic State group, destroying a logistics depot that it controlled, Iraqi and French officials said. Rafale fighter jets accompanied by support planes struck the depot in northern Iraq on Friday morning, and it was...

  • Scotland 'No' fails to stop Catalan secession push

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Scotland's decision to stay within the United Kingdom cost separatists across Europe political momentum they could have gained for their own independence ambitions. But the regional parliament in Spain's Catalonia was still expected Friday to grant its leader the power to call a secession referendum denounced as illegal...

  • PM says al-Qaida holds no appeal for India Muslims

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says al-Qaida is "delusional" if it believes it holds any appeal for India's large Muslim population. Earlier this month the head of the extremist group, Ayman al-Zawahiri, said it had created an Indian branch that would bring Islamic rule to the entire subcontinent. Modi told CNN that...

  • 2-time Grand Slam winner Li Na retires from tour

    BEIJING (AP) — Relying on fitness and a strong baseline game, Li Na reached the pinnacle of tennis and lifted the level of the sport in Asia to unprecedented heights. A sense of humor along the way certainly helped. The legs that carried Li to two Grand Slam titles ultimately couldn't get her through another season, with the 32-year-old...

  • Morocco expands laws against jihad seekers

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — With hundreds of Moroccans heading to Syria and Iraq to fight with extremists groups, Morocco has presented a new law criminalizing training with extremists or attempting to reach their camps. The new law, which will go before parliament in October, comes as Morocco is expressing increasing concern about the number of its...

  • Police: Ambush suspect probably hiding in woods

    SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police paused to pay tribute to their fallen comrade, then got back to work hunting for the man suspected as his killer — a self-taught survivalist they are trying to flush out of dense, swampy northeastern Pennsylvania woodland. Police say they are eliminating possible hiding places for the suspect,...

  • Fake tweets stir debate about parody, lawsuit

    CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Daniel was watching cartoons with one of his sons when he created a spoof Twitter account in the name of the Peoria mayor. Out of boredom, he said, he soon began sending profane messages about sex, drugs and alcohol. Daniel never intended for the fake account to be seen by anyone other than his friends, and it never...

  • World stocks rise as Scotland votes to stay in UK

    HONG KONG (AP) — World stocks rose and the British pound rallied briefly on Friday as Scotland voted to stay part of the United Kingdom, avoiding a messy breakup that could have roiled financial markets. Japanese shares surged to their highest since 2007 as the yen extended losses against the dollar. KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 advanced...

  • Floods shut down Philippine capital, 3 killed

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Torrential monsoon rains worsened by a tropical storm flooded large swathes of the Philippine capital and nearby provinces Friday, leaving at least three people dead and displacing tens of thousands just days after the region was drenched by a typhoon. Authorities said more than 470,000 residents of Metro Manila and...

  • Burger King Japan's latest meal is the new black

    TOKYO (AP) — The first Kuro, or black, burger had a signature black bun and sauce. Last year's edition, the Kuro Ninja, added a slice of (non-black) bacon to the signature black components. Now Burger King Japan is going black on black. The fast-food chain added black cheese and deepened the color of the other ingredients in the special burger...

  • Police: American suspect confesses in Bali killing

    BALI, Indonesia (AP) — An American man has confessed that he killed his girlfriend's mother in a luxury hotel on Indonesia's Bali island, and the girlfriend has acknowledged helping him stuff the body into a suitcase, police said Friday. Heather Mack, 19, and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, 21, both from Chicago, were arrested in Bali on Aug....

  • Scotland: Who won? Who lost?

    LONDON (AP) — Who won and who lost in Scotland's independence referendum? ___ WINNER: The No campaign. The multi-party effort, which started off with consistent support of 60 percent in opinion polls, staved off a late surge by independence campaigners and won with surprising ease. WINNERS: The 55.3 percent of Scottish voters who wanted to...

  • 3 French students struck by gunfire on school trip

    PARIS (AP) — French officials say a mentally ill man opened fire on a group of students with a hunting rifle during a high school trip, wounding three — one of them seriously. Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said all three students were hospitalized after Friday's shooting in the town of Vezelay, in the Burgundy region 230 kilometers...

  • China fines GlaxoSmithKline $492M for bribery

    BEIJING (AP) — Drug maker GlaxoSmithKline was fined $492 million on Friday for bribing doctors in China in the biggest such penalty ever imposed by a Chinese court. The court sentenced the company's former China manager, Briton Mark Reilly, and four Chinese co-defendants to prison but postponed the sentences for two to four years, suggesting...

  • Rocket kills 2 Lebanese soldiers near Syria border

    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security officials say attackers fired a rocket at an army patrol near the Syrian border, killing two soldiers and wounding three. The violence appeared to be the latest in tensions between Lebanese troops and Syrian Islamic extremist rebels crossing the border in a spillover of Syria's civil war. The rocket hit Friday...

  • UK to make changes after Scotland vote keeps union

    LONDON (AP) — Voters in Scotland have rejected independence, but leaders of Britain's three largest parties have promised Scots more autonomy than they have won so far. Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday he also wants to give England, Wales and Northern Ireland greater independence from central government. Here's a look at how things...

  • Car bomb attacks kill 17 people in Baghdad

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of car bombings targeting a Shiite mosque and markets in the Iraqi capital killed at least 17 people Friday, officials said, in the second straight day of attacks in Baghdad blamed on Islamic miltiants who have seized large parts of the country. In the deadliest attack, a parked, explosives-packed car detonated near the...

  • UN rights chief: Migrant deaths may be mass murder

    GENEVA (AP) — The deaths of up to 500 migrants and refugees in an intentional boat-ramming in the Mediterranean Sea last week could be an act of mass murder, the U.N. rights chief said Friday, calling for nations to properly investigate the incident. Up to 500 Syrians, Palestinians, Egyptians and Sudanese migrant workers and refugees were...

  • Investors breathe sigh of relief at Scottish vote

    LONDON (AP) — Scotland's decision to reject independence from the United Kingdom shored up British stocks on Friday but worries over future constitutional changes kept a lid on the relief rally. With all 32 Scottish councils having declared, the No campaign won 55.3 percent of the votes cast in Thursday's referendum against 44.7 percent who...

  • Dempsey lauds French airstrike against militants

    CAEN, France (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, says the U.S. appreciates France's airstrike against Islamic State militants. Dempsey, who was traveling in France, says the French hit a target north of Mosul, Iraq. He was not more specific. Dempsey says the strike happened while he was visiting the...

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