6 Dead in Cartel-Style Killings in Western Mexico

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6 men dead in cartel-style killings in western Mexico

Car Bomb Attacks Kill 30 People in Iraq

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Iraqi officials say car bomb attacks near Shiite mosque, markets kills 30 people in Iraq

Scotland ‘No’ Fails to Stop Catalan Secession Push

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Spain’s Catalan separatists push for their own secession vote after Scots reject independence

Donetsk Cleans up From Shelling in Eastern Ukraine

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Rebel-held city of Donetsk holds clean-up day despite continued shelling in eastern Ukraine

GlaxoSmithKline Fined $488.8M for ‘Massive Bribery Network’

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China has fined the British pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) $488.8 million (3 billion Yuan) for a “massive bribery network” to get doctors and hospitals to use its products.

South Africa’s Murder Rate Goes Up

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South African police say murder rate has climbed 5 percent since last year

Guinea: 8 People Killed on Ebola Awareness Trip

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Guinean government: 8 people killed including 3 journalists on Ebola awareness trip

Cambodian Police Bust Thais With $7M in Fake Bills

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Cambodia police arrest 3 Thais accused of carrying $7.16 million in fake US currency

France Strikes Islamic State Group’s Depot in Iraq

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French president: First French airstrike destroys depot of Islamic State group in Iraq

Photos: Scotland Rejects Becoming Independent From the U.K.

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Scotland won’t be leaving the United Kingdom after all.

UK Leader Pledges to Honor Promises to Scotland

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UK Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to honor promise made to Scotland ahead of vote

Scotland Votes Against Leaving the United Kingdom

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Scotland won’t be leaving the United Kingdom after all.

Chief Vote Counting Officer Declares No Side the Winner in Scottish Independence Vote

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Chief vote counting officer declares No side the winner in Scottish independence vote

Artist Says Tax Case Shows China’s Dark Side

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AP Interview: Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei blasts government but is hopeful about youth

Floods Shut Down Philippine Capital

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Floods shut down Philippine capital and nearby provinces, thousands evacuated

Scotland Votes to Remain in the UK

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(EDINBURGH, Scotland) — The people of Scotland have voted to remain part of the United Kingdom.

Voters Thursday rejected a referendum that would’ve granted Scotland independence and separated it from the rest of Great Britain, which also includes England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  The vote was 55 percent to 45 percent against independence.

In Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, 62 percent of voters rejected the independence referendum compared to 38 percent who supported the measure.

Alistair Darling of the “No Campaign” addressed supporters Friday in Glasgow, saying, “We have chosen unity over division. A positive change, rather than needless separation.”

Darling declared, “By confirming our place within the union, we have reaffirmed all that we have in common and the bonds that tie us together. Let them never be broken.”

Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond, a Scottish Nationalist leader, conceded defeat Friday in Edinburgh. “I accept that verdict of the people, and I call on all of Scotland to follow suit in accepting the democratic verdict of the people of Scotland.”

Salmond praised his fellow Scots for turning out to vote. “A turnout of 86 percent is one of the highest in the democratic world for any election or any referendum in history. This has been a triumph,” Salmond said.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Releases Audio Statement from Hospital

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ABC/Randy Holmes(TORONTO) — Mayor Rob Ford released an audio statement on Thursday, hours before he began chemotherapy, to talk about his outlook after being diagnosed with cancer.

“In a few hours, I’ll begin my chemotherapy,” Ford said. “Then I will spend the next little while with my family, focused on getting better.” The may dropped his re-election bid following his diagnosis.

Still, Ford said in the recorded statement that he is, “determined to face this head on and return strong for my family and for my city.”

He also took the chance to express his concern for others fighting similar battles. “My heart goes out to anyone facing similar health battles and to your families who are standing strong behind you,” Ford said.

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Royal and Ancient Golf Club of Saint Andrews Votes to Admit Women Members

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Salvatore Conte/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(EDINBURGH, Scotland) — One of the oldest and most prestigious golf clubs in the world voted on Thursday to allow female members for the first time in its more than 200 year history.

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, which hosts professional golf’s The Open Championship — also known as the British Open — annually. For 260 years, the club has allowed women to play at the club, but only men were permitted to be members.

Peter Dawson, secretary of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, said in a statement on Thursday that more than 75 percent of the club’s membership voted and the proposal to allow women to become members had support from a “decisive” 85 percent of voters.

Dawson said that the vote will allow women to become members immediately, and a select number of women will be fast-tracked to membership in the coming months.

“This is a very important and positive day in the history of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club,” Dawson said. “The R&A has served the sport of gold well for 260 years and I am confident that the club will continue to do so in the future with the support of all its members, both women and men.”

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You Can Bid on Pope Francis’ Hat

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Italian TV show got the Pope to trade hats and they have put it up for auction.

Leading Bahrain Activist Released From Jail

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Leading Bahrain activist released from jail, but still faces travel ban

Popular Venezuelan Cartoonist Fired Over Drawing

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Popular Venezuelan cartoonist dismissed over critical drawing, raises press freedom concerns

France Dismisses Accusations It Pays Ransoms

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President dismisses accusations that France pays terrorists ransoms for hostages

AP Interview: Hamas No. 2 Says War a Lesser Option

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AP Interview: Hamas deputy chief says militant group does not want another war with Israel

Roadside Bombs Kills 4 UN Peacekeepers in Mali

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Roadside bomb kills 4 UN peacekeepers, wounds 3 in northern Mali, spokesman says

Witness: 21 Killed by Mexico Army Had Surrendered

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Witness: Mexican army killed 21 alleged gang members in ‘shootout’ after they surrendered

Thirteen-Word Paper Ballot Will Decide Scotland’s Future

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Courtesy Guy Dorey(NEW YORK) — The Scots wasted no words when they settled on language for the ballot used to determine whether they’ll break away from the United Kingdom: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

“Vote (X) only once,” the white-paper referendum reads. Yes or No. That’s it: 13 words in total.

Such simplicity belies the potentially complex future that awaits Scotland if a simple majority of its citizens decides they want to strike out on their own, which could be thousands of pen marks away from reality.

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This 13-Word Paper Ballot Will Decide Scotland’s Future

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The Scots wasted no words when they settled on language for the ballot used to determine whether they’ll break away from the United Kingdom: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

Missing British Hostage Surfaces Alive in New ISIS Video

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YouTube(LONDON) — A British citizen captured in Syria two years ago has resurfaced Thursday in a new ISIS propaganda video released on YouTube. But unlike the previous gruesome beheading videos of three westerners, journalist John Cantlie is seen alive, seated alone at a desk in a darkened room, delivering what he says is the first of a series of “messages” about ISIS.

Cantlie was abducted in November 2012 along with slain American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by his ISIS captors, according to a former law enforcement official and others familiar with the journalists’ kidnapping.

Until Thursday, Cantlie’s hostage status had been kept under a media blackout in the U.K. When Cantlie was seized with Foley, it was the second time he had been kidnapped in Syria, and just prior to his being called as a witness in a British terror trial whose defendants were dismissed when Cantlie disappeared.

Foley and Cantlie were working on a film about Cantlie’s dramatic escape from his first abduction when they were kidnapped.

Unlike the previous ISIS videos shot in outdoor locations, the dark indoor scene appears designed to prevent intelligence analysts and U.S. drones from gathering clues about where it may have been shot. U.S. intelligence analysts were studying previously released beheading videos for geographic clues that might lead to potential rescue operations.

In the video, Cantlie says that he’s going to appear in other videos that show the “truth behind what happened” in other kidnapping cases.

“Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, ‘He’s only doing this because he’s a prisoner. He’s got a gun to his head and he’s being forced to do this,’ Right? Well, it’s true. I am a prisoner. That I cannot deny,” Cantlie says. “But seeing as how I’ve been abandoned by my government and my fate now lies in the hands of the Islamic State [ISIS], I have nothing to lose. Maybe I will live and maybe I will die.”

Cantlie, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and seated at a table, appeared to be reading his message from a teleprompter in a slickly filmed, three-camera production. Unlike the previous videos, no members of ISIS are seen in the film.

Cantlie said there would be future messages from him that would show the “truth behind the systems and motivation of the Islamic State and how the Western media, the very organization I used to work for, can twist and manipulate that truth for the public back home.”

“The video is almost certainly scripted by Cantlie’s captors, and we shouldn’t take it at face value,” said J.M. Berger, terrorism expert and co-author of the forthcoming book ISIS: The State of Terror. “Ultimately they don’t expect ordinary people in the West to take the bait. They are trying to stir up trouble on the fringes and reassure their base…There is a clear effort to fuel political discontent over Western action against the Islamic State…”

The video release comes after ISIS threatened to kill another British citizen, Alan Henning, over the British government’s support for U.S. action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

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Belgium Arrests Liberian Ex-Rebel Commander

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Belgium arrests Liberian ex-rebel commander on war crimes charges

Attacks Kill 12, Wound Several in Iraq

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Iraqi officials say multiple bomb and mortar attacks kill 12 people in Baghdad area