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Australian police: 15 detained as raids thwart Islamic State beheading plot

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Police on Thursday said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group. They detained 15 people and raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney, though nine of those brought in were freed before the day was over.

A guide to Scotland as it votes on independence

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The people of Scotland are deciding Thursday whether to end a partnership with the rest of the United Kingdom that has lasted more than 300 years. Here is a guide to Scotland as the historic vote nears.

Scots reject independence in historic vote

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EDINBURGH, Scotland — Scottish voters have rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core. The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to the British political establishment. Scots voted 55 percent to 45 percent Thursday against independence in a vote that saw an unprecedented turnout.

Scientists’ colossal squid exam a kraken good show

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It was a calm morning in Antarctica’s remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface.

King Richard III died painfully on battlefield

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The reviled king suffered nearly a dozen injuries on the battlefield, but the fatal blows were probably only sustained after he had to abandon his horse, according to a new paper.

World Health Organization: Nearly $1 billion needed to contain Ebola

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The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and it could cost nearly $1 billion to contain the crisis, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Timeline: Tracing the rise of Ebola in West Africa

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Since the Ebola outbreak first emerged in West Africa, The Associated Press has been reporting on it. A timeline compiled from AP dispatches since March shows the dreaded disease being identified in a remote part of Guinea and then spreading to another country and then two more nations with authorities being alternately alarmed or confident.

Hurricane Odile slams Baja California, destroying homes, hotels

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CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — Odile weakened to a tropical storm Monday night after blazing a trail of destruction through Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula that leveled everything from ramshackle homes to luxury hotels, and left entire neighborhoods as disaster zones.

Former Auschwitz guard, 93, charged with 300,000 counts

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A 93-year-old man has been charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an SS guard at the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp, prosecutors said Monday.

US man in North Korea given 6 years of hard labor

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PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor.

Video shows ISIS beheading British aid worker

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Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and late Saturday British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned his slaying as “an act of pure evil.”

Northern Ireland’s Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dead at 88

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For most of his half-century in Northern Ireland politics, Ian Paisley was synonymous with two words: “No” and “Never.” The Protestant minister who became the province’s most divisive politician used the slogan “Ulster Says No!” to oppose Anglo-Irish negotiations over the future of Northern Ireland. Mr. Paisley died Friday at age 88, his wife said.

Pistorius, guilty of ‘culpable homicide,’ faces up to 15 years

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A judge has found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide — but not guilty of murder — in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Though disappointed, prosecutors will wait until sentencing to decide whether to appeal.

Pistorius can’t be found guilty of murder: judge

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The judge in Oscar Pistorius’ trial said Thursday he can’t be found guilty of murder but that he was negligent in the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, raising the possibility that the double-amputee Olympian will be convicted of culpable homicide.

British royal couple expecting second child

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LONDON — British royal couple the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are expecting their second child, royal officials said Monday. The duchess is also being treated for severe morning sickness

The couple’s Clarence House office said they and their families were “delighted” with the …