Police said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group by detaining 15 people and raiding more than a dozen properties across Sydney on Thursday. The raids involving 800 federal and state police officers — the largest in the country's history — came in response to intelligence that an Islamic State group leader in the Middle East was calling on Australian supporters to kill, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said. [Full Story]
Scotland Votes on Independence as UK Hangs in the Balance
Voters in Scotland are deciding whether to seek independence from the U.K. in a ballot that could spell the end of a three-century-old union that once dominated the world from America to Australia and trigger a new era of self-determination across Europe. Polling stations...... [Full Story]
As Scottish voters weigh in on national independence, separatist groups [Full Story]
It is Christianity's turn to suffer religious persecution, Pope Francis [Full Story]
The campaign for Scottish independence is taking a cue from one of the [Full Story]
WHO: 700 More Ebola Cases Emerge in Only 1 Week
The World Health Organization says more than 700 more Ebola cases emerged [Full Story]
ISIS Posts Video of Captive British Journalist
The Islamic State group released a video Thursday of a British freelance [Full Story]
Rob Ford, the Toronto mayor whose drug use and antics made headlines last year, will undergo 40 days of chemotherapy to treat a rare form of cancer that doctors discovered last week. [Full Story]
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is counting on Scots to reject independence and hasn't made contingency plans for a U.K. split, underscoring a lack of preparedness across Europe before today's referendum. While Merkel has avoided weighing in on Scotland's... [Full Story]
China imposed a CNN blackout during a Monday night report about the Communist Party's ongoing persecution of Christians. [Full Story]
Islamic State fighters backed by tanks have captured 16 Kurdish villages over the past 24 hours in northern Syria near the Turkish border, prompting civilians to flee their homes amid fears of retribution by the extremists sweeping through the area, activists said.For more... [Full Story]
At least 2,630 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola virus in history, which has so far infected at least 5,357 people in West Africa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday. In an update on the epidemic, which is raging through Guinea, Sierra Leone... [Full Story]
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