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France joins US against Islamic State over Iraq
PARIS (AP) -- France is back at America's side in conducting military strikes in Iraq....

Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone confined its 6 million people to their homes Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages....

After vote to stay in UK, Scots must heal divide
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- 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....

Fierce fighting in Yemeni capital kills 120
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Shiite rebels and Sunni militiamen battled in Sanaa for a second day Friday in battles that have killed at least 120 people and have shaken the Yemeni capital with thousands fleeing their homes. The violence raises fears that this chronically unstable country could be dragged into the sort of sectarian conflicts that have plagued other nations in the region....

Kenya: 1 year after attack, guards still unarmed
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- David Odhiambo was one of the blue-uniformed security guards tasked with protecting Nairobi's Westgate Mall one year ago when four heavily armed terrorists attacked. The work David was paid to do - search purses and bags, mostly - earned him two bullets in the head, injuries that cost him his job....

Artist says tax case shows China's dark side
BEIJING (AP) -- China's best-known dissident artist, Ai Weiwei, has accused his country's Communist government of losing its principles and using underhanded ploys to try to silence critics....

Scotland 'No' fails to stop Catalan secession push
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Despite Scotland's decision to reject independence, lawmakers in Spain's Catalonia region voted overwhelmingly Friday to give their leader the power to call a secession referendum that the central government in Madrid has denounced as illegal....

Britain plans political upheaval after Scot vote
LONDON (AP) -- The saga of Scottish independence is over, but a new journey of political upheaval is only beginning for the United Kingdom....

Syrian Kurds fleeing IS group cross into Turkey
BEIRUT (AP) -- Several thousand Syrians, most of them Kurds, crossed into Turkey on Friday to find refuge from Islamic State militants who have barreled through dozens of Kurdish villages in northern Syria in the past 48 hours....

Alibaba surges in its stock market debut
NEW YORK (AP) -- Alibaba's stock soared as the Chinese e-commerce powerhouse began its first day trading as a public company Friday....

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Africa
Kenya: 1 year after attack, guards still unarmed

Asia
Floods shut down Philippine capital, 3 killed

Europe
Germany, France to provide airlifts in Ebola fight

Latin America/Caribbean
Case of American jailed in Cuba back in US court

Middle East
Syrian Kurds fleeing IS group cross into Turkey


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