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Turkey: 49 hostages have been freed
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by Islamic militants in Iraq three months ago were freed and safely returned to Turkey on Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, ending Turkey's most serious hostage crisis....

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....

Buffer zone agreed on in Ukrainian peace talks
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- Negotiators in Ukrainian peace talks agreed early Saturday to create a buffer zone between government troops and pro-Russian militants by halting their advances, pulling back heavy weapons and withdrawing foreign fighters in order to ensure a stable truce in eastern Ukraine....

Kurds head to Syria from Turkey to fight militants
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say hundreds of Kurdish fighters are crossing into Syria from Turkey to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants....

Brown credited with turning Scot independence tide
KIRKCALDY, Scotland (AP) -- Dour. Grim. Downright uninspiring. When Gordon Brown ended a disappointing three years as British prime minister in 2010, few would have credited him as the man most likely to swing a popular vote ever again....

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

CIA stops spying on friendly nations in W. Europe
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stung by the backlash over a German caught selling secrets to the U.S. and the revelations of surveillance by the National Security Agency, the CIA has stopped spying on friendly governments in Western Europe, according to current and former U.S. officials....

Obama faces questions on prospect of expanded war
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's military campaign against Islamic State group extremists has already crept beyond the narrow parameters he first outlined three months ago....

Kiribati leader visits Arctic on climate mission
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Fearing that his Pacific island nation could be swallowed by a rising ocean, the president of Kiribati says a visit to the melting Arctic has helped him appreciate the scale of the threat....

New Zealand prime minister wins 3rd term in office
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Prime Minister John Key won an emphatic victory Saturday in New Zealand's general election to return for a third term in office, a result that will be seen as an endorsement of the way Key's National Party has handled the economy....

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Europe
Brown credited with turning Scot independence tide

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Middle East
Kurds head to Syria from Turkey to fight militants