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Top News: World

Man kills six grandchildren in US shooting

Miami - A man killed his daughter and six grandchildren, the youngest just three months old, in a mass shooting at a house in the US state of Florida.

Timetable for the Scottish Independence Referendum results

Edinburgh - In just under an hour's time, voting in Scotland’s Independence Referendum comes to an end when polling stations close at 10 p.m. local time (5 p.m. EDT).

Sierra Leone launches controversial Ebola shutdown

Freetown - Sierra Leone launched on Friday a controversial three-day shutdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus, as the UN Security Council declared the deadly outbreak a threat to world peace.

Nervy wait for Scots as early referendum results trickle in

Aberdeen - In counting centres, jam-packed pubs and living rooms across Scotland, voters were nervously waiting early Friday for the results of their historic vote on whether or not to leave the United Kingdom.

Hollande goes on offensive with Iraq air strike decision

Paris - President Francois Hollande kicked off a rare news conference Thursday with the dramatic announcement that France would conduct air strikes in Iraq, as he sought to wrest back the initiative after a catastrophic few weeks at home.

Argentine leader seeks pope's backing for debt battle

Buenos Aires - Argentine President Cristina Kirchner will visit her compatriot Pope Francis Saturday, seeking to enlist his support for her fight against hedge fund creditors before taking her pitch to the UN.

Iran, six powers set for 'very tough' nuclear talks

New York - Iran and six world powers return to the negotiating table on Friday with only two months left to reach a deal on ensuring Tehran's nuclear program poses no military threat.

Residents grab guns to deter looters in Mexico resort

Cabo San Lucas - Residents of Mexico's Los Cabos resort armed themselves with guns and machetes in hurricane-battered neighborhoods to defend their homes from looters, as troops were deployed.

Scotland independence vote hangs in the balance

Edinburgh - Votes cast for and against Scotland's independence in a historic referendum were running virtually neck and neck, early results showed on Friday as the count continued, but leading "No" campaigners suggested that victory was in sight.

Obama anti-IS coalition takes shape as France joins war

Washington - President Barack Obama hailed Congress for backing his plan to arm moderate Syrian rebels and France for signing off on air strikes in Iraq, victories for his campaign to destroy the Islamic State group.

Op-Ed: Obama's bombing of IS in Syria likely violates international law

Washington - The Obama administration has explained why it thinks it has the legal authority to bomb IS in Iraq and Syria although many doubt whether the justifications are sound. No justification has yet been been given for the attacks under international law,.

Nigeria preacher says cooperating after fatal building collapse

Lagos - Nigerian preacher TB Joshua on Thursday broke his silence over a building collapse that killed 80 at his Lagos megachurch but denied lack of cooperation and stuck to his theory of possible aerial sabotage.

10,000 mark neo-Nazi killing of Greek rapper

Athens - Around 10,000 people protested in Greece on Thursday to mark a year since the killing of an anti-fascist rapper by neo-Nazi Golden Dawn militants, which sparked a crackdown on the party.

Three suspects arrested in Chile subway bombing

Santiago - Two men and a woman were arrested early Thursday on suspicion of involvement in a recent bombing in a subway station in the Chilean capital, police said.

Counting begins in Scotland's historic independence vote

Edinburgh - Vote counting began late Thursday in an epic independence referendum that could break up the centuries-old United Kingdom and create Europe's newest state since the collapse of Yugoslavia.

US welcomes Poroshenko for symbolic visit

Washington - The United States welcomed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Thursday on a visit ringing with symbolism, which nevertheless underlined the limits of Western support for Kiev in its showdown with Russia.

US strikes jihadist training camp as France to join air war

Baghdad - US warplanes hit an Islamic State group training camp in Iraq Thursday in their first strike not directly supporting Iraqi or Kurdish forces as France announced it will join the air war.

IS group posts video of captive British journalist

Beirut - The Islamic State group released a video Thursday of a British freelance photojournalist, John Cantlie, in which he says he is being held captive.

Australia puts armed police in parliament after more threats

Sydney - Australia announced Friday the deployment of armed police inside parliament in the face of threats from extremists after foiling a plot by Islamic State jihadists for "demonstration executions" in the country.
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