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Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown

| |Friday, Sep. 19, 2014

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.

‘No’ vote wins in Scotland by comfortable margin, ending push for independence

| |Friday, Sep. 19, 2014

The United Kingdom survived the threat of being ripped apart through a Scottish independence referendum, with voters rejecting breaking a 307-year-old union with England by a comfortable margin.

British hostage appears in new video

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists.

Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians. But terrorism experts on Friday questioned whether the ruthless movement had the capacity or inclination to sustain a terror campaign so far from the Middle East.

High turnout seen in Scotland's independence vote

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment — and the rest of the United Kingdom held its breath — after voters turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum that could end Scotland's 307-year union with England.

Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

In a desperate bid to slow West Africa's accelerating Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million people confined to their homes for three days starting Friday while volunteers conduct a house-to-house search for victims in hiding.

Emotions mount on final day of Scottish campaign

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

For Scots, Wednesday was a day of excitement, apprehension, and a flood of final appeals before a big decision. In a matter of hours, they will determine whether Scotland leaves the United Kingdom and becomes an independent state.

UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

The number of Ebola cases could start doubling every three weeks in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that the outbreak will cost nearly $1 billion to contain so it does not turn into a "human catastrophe."

Mexico airlifts tourists after Hurricane Odile

| |Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

The Mexican government began airlifting the first of tens of thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort area of Los Cabos on Tuesday, as residents picked up the pieces of shattered, flooded homes.

Kerry: US open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

| |Monday, Sep. 15, 2014

As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington's earlier opposition to Tehran even attending the conference.