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1 hour ago Scottish village copes with heartbreak after defeat of independence referendum

EILEAN IARMAIN, ISLE OF SKYE, Scotland — The clouds settled low over the gold-green hills of this west coast isle for the first time in days on Friday, an apt metaphor for the glum mood weighing on many residents. 

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13 hours ago More Israeli female soldiers fought in Gaza than in past wars, but some say not enough

TZE’ELIM, Israel — After five days treating wounded Israeli soldiers on the battlefields of the Gaza Strip this summer, Staff Sgt. Noam Dan was taking a break with her unit when a commander from another army battalion walked past.

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13 hours ago Syrian Kurds, Arabs flee toward Turkey border as Islamic State advances

BEIRUT —Thousands of Syrian Kurds and Arabs pushed through the Turkish border Friday as they fled the Islamic State’s latest advance in Syria. By sundown, the militants had taken more than 60 villages in northern Syria, according to observers.

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13 hours ago WorldViews: A ‘gay-friendly’ mosque just opened in South Africa

On Friday in a suburb in Cape Town, South Africa, Muslim worshipers convened for the first time at a new prayer hall. Outside, a few protesters gathered against them. Inside, they were outnumbered by the news media crews sent to watch them.

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13 hours ago China's war on terror becomes all-out attack on Islam in Xinjiang

SHACHE COUNTY, China – The month of Ramadan should have been a time of fasting, charity and prayer in China’s Muslim west. But here, in many of the towns and villages of southern Xinjiang, it was a time of fear, repression, and violence.

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16 hours ago WorldViews: How Scotland’s ‘No’ vote will still change Britain

The "No" camp won Scotland's landmark independence vote; the British union is preserved. But the status quo is not.

In the run-up to the referendum, Britain's three main parties panicked as the "Yes" campaign surged in polls. The party leaders, including Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, all signed a pledge to Scottish voters, guaranteeing that if Scotland stayed in the union, Parliament in Westminster would grant Scots "extensive new powers" over their domestic governance.

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16 hours ago Iranian president offers no new details on detained Washington Post reporter

In a new interview with NBC’s Ann Curry, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declined to offer details on the condition of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who was detained about two months ago on unspecified charges.

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16 hours ago Syrian Kurds, Arabs flee toward Turkey border as Islamic State advances

BEIRUT —Thousands of Syrian Kurds and Arabs pushed through the Turkish border Friday as they fled the Islamic State’s latest advance in Syria. By sundown, the militants had taken more than 60 villages in northern Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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16 hours ago WorldViews: How Scotland’s ‘Yes’ campaign won even when it lost

Look past the noise that surrounded Scotland's independence referendum, which ended in a victory for those who favored remaining united with Britain. Push to a side the arguments over currency, the doubts over North Sea oil, the hand-wringing about underwater nukes and the fiddling with flags. Consider, instead, what was at the heart of the "Yes" campaign's message: a rejection of distant political elites in London whose interests seemed to diverge from those of Scots hundreds of miles north.

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16 hours ago Alex Salmond quits after dream of independence gets crushed

GLASGOW, Scotland — The leader of Scotland’s independence movement resigned as Scottish first minister Friday after voters decisively rejected breaking away from the United Kingdom.

Saying that Scotland would be better served under new leadership, an emotional Alex Salmond told a news conference in Edinburgh that he had brought the cause of independence to the “base camp,” but that it was now “time to give someone else a chance.” He said he made the decision Friday morning after it became clear that the majority of Scots voted to stay in the union.

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19 hours ago Alex Salmond resigns as Scottish first minister after voters reject independence

GLASGOW, Scotland — The leader of Scotland’s independence movement resigned as Scottish first minister Friday after voters decisively rejected breaking away from Britain.

Saying that Scotland would better be served under new leadership, an emotional Alex Salmond told a news conference in Edinburgh, “It’s time to give someone else a chance.” He said he made the decision Friday morning after it became clear that the majority of Scots voted to stay in the union.

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19 hours ago WorldViews: The Scot who kept the Kingdom united

When historians come to write their account of the Scottish independence referendum of 2014, they may well point to a single speech as a decisive moment in the "no" victory. That speech, given by a Scotsman on the eve of the vote, called on the "silent majority" of Scottish voters to reject independence.

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19 hours ago Scotland votes to save U.K. union, as devolution talk begins

EDINBURGH, Scotland — The decisive rejection of Scotland’s independence referendum set off an instant scramble Friday to fundamentally reorganize constitutional power in the United Kingdom, with Prime Minister David Cameron citing a chance “to change the way the British people are governed.”

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19 hours ago WorldViews: How Scotland’s ‘No’ vote will still change Britain

The "No" camp won Scotland's landmark independence vote; the British union is preserved. But the status quo is not.

In the run-up to the referendum, Britain's three main parties panicked as the "Yes" campaign surged in polls. The party leaders, including Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, all signed a pledge to Scottish voters, guaranteeing that if Scotland stayed in the union, Parliament in Westminster would grant Scots "extensive new powers" over their domestic governance.

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19 hours ago More Israeli female soldiers fought in Gaza than in past wars, but some say not enough

TZE’ELIM, Israel – After five days treating wounded Israeli soldiers on the battlefields of the Gaza Strip this summer, Staff Sgt. Noam Dan was taking a break with her unit when a commander from another army battalion walked past.

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19 hours ago Sierra Leone’s streets are deserted as three-day anti-Ebola lockdown begins

The streets of Sierra Leone’s capital city of Freetown were uncharacteristically empty Friday, as the government began a controversial lockdown in an effort to slow the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

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22 hours ago From humble Mexico City origins, boxing gloves of champions

MEXICO CITY — One day about 10 years ago, a package from China landed on Alberto Reyes’s desk. Inside was a knock-off pair of his company’s signature Cleto Reyes boxing gloves. The copies looked identical, but the Chinese factory offered to make them for Reyes for just $15 a pair, far less than what he spends on manufacturing in Mexico.

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22 hours ago WorldViews: The winners and losers of Scotland’s historic referendum

Well, the votes are in: Scotland isn't "divorcing" the United Kingdom, and the 300 plus year relationship will continue. Here's a look at the winners and losers after the Scotland referendum.

Some were pleased
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22 hours ago Japan’s Abe must deal with grim economic news and a muddled strategy

TOKYO — Soon after Shinzo Abe, who practiced archery in his college days, returned for his second stint as Japan’s prime minister in late 2012, he promised to unleash “three arrows” to fix the economy.

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22 hours ago WorldViews: Ukrainian rebel leader’s criticism of Scottish independence results mysteriously retract

The results of the Scottish independence referendum have shown a clear "no" majority, and Scotland will stay part of the United Kingdom. But at the other end of Europe, there were reports that a very different separatist movement was casting doubt on the validity of the Scottish vote.

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22 hours ago WorldViews: Crossword: What in the world, this week

Good morning, and welcome to this week's news crossword puzzle.

Many of you said last week's puzzle was absolutely easy, which probably means you've gotten better, or that we've decided to become a tad bit nicer.

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Yesterday In decisive vote, Scotland rejects independence, sticks with the U.K.

EDINBURGH, Scotland — Given a historic chance to go it alone as an independent nation, Scottish voters chose to stick with the United Kingdom following a campaign that was marked by extraordinary turnout and profound division.

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Yesterday Heartache for those dreaming of Scottish independence

GLASGOW, Scotland — Liz Quinn’s longtime dream of a fully independent Scotland was shattered early Friday after Scots voted overwhelmingly to stay within the United Kingdom.

“I am deeply disappointed, but you know, we’re still standing,” said Quinn, 75, a retired school principal who has spent decades campaigning for independence. “We will not get another bite at that cherry, not in my lifetime.”

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Yesterday French fighter jets strike Islamic State supply depot in northeastern Iraq

BAGHDAD — France conducted its first airstrike Friday against Islamic State targets in Iraq, the French president said, joining the United States as part of an emerging international military coalition against the militants.

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Yesterday WorldViews: Say what you want about Qatar. Just be careful about doing it on the Web.

The hyper-rich Persian Gulf state of Qatar likes to roll out a big welcome mat from time to time.

Georgetown University and the Brookings Institution have branches there. The various divisions of Al Jazeera draw in Arabic- and English-speaking journalists from around the world. Planners for the 2022 World Cup are promising air-conditioned comfort at outdoor venues.

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Yesterday Here’s one Iraqi town where the Islamic State has no friends

THULUYAH, Iraq — The metal-hulled boats carry out the wounded for treatment, as well as fruit to sell at market. In, they bring supplies of cooking gas, medicine and ammunition.

Cocooned in a bend in the Tigris River, this town shaded by orange trees and date palm groves has long relied on the waterway. But since Islamic State militants blew up the last bridge into Thuluyah last week, the river is the only way in or out – complicating efforts to resupply and reinforce beleaguered fighters here.

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Yesterday WorldViews: Don’t forget: Liberia, ravaged by the Ebola epidemic, was created by the U.S.

In the grips of history's worst ever Ebola outbreak, Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appealed to the international community on Wednesday. "This disease is not simply a Liberian or West African problem. The entire community of nations has a stake in ending this crisis," she said in a written statement read out by her information minister.

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Yesterday In decisive vote, Scotland rejects independence, sticks with the U.K.

EDINBURGH, Scotland — Given a historic chance to go it alone as an independent nation, Scottish voters chose to stick with the United Kingdom following a campaign that was marked by extraordinary turnout and profound division.

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Yesterday Heartache for those dreaming of Scottish independence

GLASGOW — Liz Quinn’s long-time dream of a fully independent Scotland was shattered early Friday as Scots voted overwhelmingly to stay within the United Kingdom.

“I am deeply disappointed, but you know, we’re still standing,” said Quinn, 75, a retired school principal who has spent decades campaigning for independence. “We will not get another bite at that cherry, not in my lifetime."

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Yesterday Scotland votes to remain part of United Kingdom

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND — Given a historic chance to go it alone as an independent nation, Scottish voters early Friday chose to stick with the United Kingdom following a campaign that was marked by extraordinary turnout and profound division.

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