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Voters leave after casting their ballots at Ritchie Hall in Strichen, Scotland, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Polls opened across Scotland in a referendum that will decide whether the country leaves its 307-year-old union with England and becomes an independent state. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Polls have opened across Scotland in a referendum that will decide whether the country leaves its 307-year-old union with England and becomes an independent state.


2014-09-18 01:19:25 -0600

President Barack Obama gestures during remarks for a picnic held for members of Congress and their families on the South Lawn of the White House, on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a symbolic show of support for Ukraine's fledgling government, President Barack Obama is meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office on Thursday after the leader of the former Soviet republic speaks to a rare joint session of Congress.


2014-09-18 01:17:15 -0600

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a joint news conference with his Iraqi counterpart in Baghdad. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, Zarif ruled out cooperating with the United States in helping Iraq fight Islamic State militants and warned that the terrorist group poses a much broader global threat that needs new thinking to eradicate. (AP Photo/Ahmed Saad, Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — Iran's foreign minister on Wednesday ruled out cooperating with the United States in helping Iraq fight Islamic State militants and warned that the terrorist group poses a much broader global threat that needs new thinking to eradicate.


2014-09-17 21:38:23 -0600