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Silvio Berlusconi's political career was declared all but over earlier this year as legal woes and poor voting figures took their toll, but the media magnate continues to haunt Italy's corridors of power thanks to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Yemen Shiite rebels agree to stop fighting in Sanaa

Yemeni Shiite rebels agreed Friday to stop fighting Islamists and troops north of Sanaa which has killed dozens this week, in their campaign for a new government and greater political clout.

EU, Ukraine, Russia to hold gas talks next week

The European Union will hold fresh talks with Russia and Ukraine next week to settle their ongoing dispute over gas deliveries, an EU official said on Friday.

Kremlin to 'protect Russian cyberspace from unpredictable West'

Russia is considering measures to protect its cyberspace from the "unpredictable" West, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said on Friday after a newspaper said Moscow was contemplating unplugging the Internet during protests or war.

Spain hails Scots' 'No' but Catalans defiant

The Spanish government on Friday welcomed Scotland's "No" vote on independence, but Catalans set on breaking away from Spain pushed ahead defiantly for their own ballot on self-rule.

French Air Force locate, destroy ISIS weapons depot

While conducting its first airstrikes of Islamic State targets in Iraq, the French government has announced it has hit and destroyed a weapons logistics depot belonging to the terrorist organization.

France carries out first air strike in Iraq: Hollande

French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq Friday, successfully destroying their target, President Francois Hollande announced, vowing that more operations would follow.

New Ukraine peace talks after Obama rebuffs Poroshenko pleas

Warring parties in Ukraine meet on Friday to try to find a lasting solution to a brutal conflict that has killed around 3,000 people and stoked Western alarm about Russia's territorial ambitions.

Election-eve polls point to New Zealand cliffhanger

New Zealand political leaders made their final pitch to voters on Friday as election-eve polls pointed to Prime Minister John Key scraping a win.

Tears and fears as Scottish independence bid defeated

Supporters of Scottish independence reacted with bitter disappointment on Friday as their hopes of breaking away from Britain were dashed, with some breaking down in tears in the streets of Edinburgh.

Terrier found nearly 3,000 miles from home is homeward bound

After traveling thousands of miles on a journey that resembles something out of a Walt Disney movie, a Pennsylvania dog is finally headed home to be reunited with her owner.

China troops withdraw from India border as Xi visit ends

Chinese troops have begun pulling back from the disputed border with India, sources said Friday, as President Xi Jinping wrapped up a rare visit to New Delhi overshadowed by the stand-off at the remote frontier.

S. Korea fires warning shots after N. Korea incursion

The South Korean navy fired warning shots Friday to end a brief incursion by a North Korean patrol boat across the sensitive maritime border, Seoul's defence ministry said.

Scotland rejects independence in historic referendum

Scotland rejected independence on Friday in a referendum that left the centuries-old United Kingdom intact but paved the way for a major transfer of powers away from London.

Scotland's next step? No independence but more powers

Scotland may have rejected independence but will now be handed new powers by Britain which could amount to effective home rule -- though experts warn that agreeing these could be messy.

One dead as tropical storm flooding paralyses Philippine capital

Tens of thousands of people fled roof-high floods and one girl drowned in the Philippine capital on Friday as another vicious storm swept across the disaster-plagued country.

China's Xi meets Modi in trip to India

Chinese President Xi Jinping began his 3-day visit to India on September 17, as India and China, the two most populous countries in the world, look to boost economic ties and investment opportunities, and resolve border problems.

BBC: Scotland votes NO to independence

Scotland will say NO to independence, preserving the 307-year-union with England to form the four-country United Kingdom. BBC predicts a 55-45 win for the campaign committed to keeping Scotland part of the UK.

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

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.

Man kills six grandchildren in US shooting

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.

Sierra Leone launches controversial Ebola shutdown

Sierra Leone launched a nationwide three-day shutdown on Friday to contain the deadly spread of an Ebola epidemic described by the UN Security Council as a threat to world peace.

Nervy wait for Scots as early referendum results trickle in

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.

Residents grab guns to deter looters in Mexico resort

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

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.

France begins strikes in Iraq as anti-jihadist drive widens

France carried out its first air strike against the Islamic State group in Iraq Friday, boosting US-led efforts to unite the world against the growing threat posed by the jihadists.

Australia terror crackdown sees armed police in parliament

Australia deployed armed police inside parliament on Friday in the face of extremist threats, ramping up an anti-terror crackdown after foiling a plot by Islamic State jihadists to carry out gruesome "demonstration executions" in the country.

Argentine leader seeks pope's backing for debt battle

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.

Residents grab guns to deter looters in Mexico resort

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

Tight EU borders fuel deadly smuggling business: Amnesty

Tight EU border controls are fuelling the business of smugglers who allegedly sank a boat in the Mediterranean last week, killing 500 migrants on board, Amnesty International said Thursday.

Russia evicts Crimean Tatars from assembly

Russian authorities have ordered Crimean Tatars to leave their assembly building, in a move that the leader of the ethnic minority -- which opposed Russia's annexing of Crimea from Ukraine -- called a return to Soviet oppression.

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

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,.

World population may hit 11 billion by 2100

The world population may grow larger than previously estimated, reaching 11 billion people by century's end, according to a UN-led analysis published Thursday.

Who's who in coalition to defeat Islamist extremists

The United States is taking the lead in an international coalition aimed at repelling and defeating the Islamist extremists marauding across parts of Iraq and Syria.

10,000 mark neo-Nazi killing of Greek rapper

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

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.

Breivik's father says he is partially responsible for murders

The father of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik said on Thursday he felt partially responsible and regretted not having been there for his son before he killed 77 people in 2011.

Timetable for the Scottish Independence Referendum results

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).

Counting begins in Scotland's historic independence vote

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

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

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.

Hollande goes on offensive with Iraq air strike decision

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.

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