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Police Fire Tear Gas at Migrants Trying to Storm French Port

Police in France's northern port of Calais fired tear gas on Wednesday on migrants trying to force their way onto trucks in a desperate bid to get to Britain after they threw stones at security forces.

The incident is the latest in a series of confrontations between asylum seekers and authorities in the port, which trucks go through to board ferries bound for Britain.

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Syria Opposition to Probe Measles Vaccine Deaths

Syria's opposition said Wednesday it had launched an investigation into the deaths of 15 children inoculated against measles in the northwestern province of Idlib.

The vaccination program was carried out in areas under rebel control near the Turkish border but halted on Tuesday after reports of the deaths. 

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Brown Appeals to Scots' Patriotism for Vote against Split

Former British prime minister Gordon Brown appealed to wartime patriotism at a rally in Glasgow on Wednesday, calling on Scots to reject independence in a momentous referendum less than a day away.

"We'll win," said Brown, a Scottish ex-leader of the Labor party who has given new drive to the flagging "No" campaign in recent weeks.

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Families Divided as Scotland Votes on Independence

Few places are as important in Scottish history as Scone, where no less than 42 of the country's kings were crowned. But like the rest of Scotland, this quiet corner of rural Perthshire, north of Edinburgh, is split down the middle on Thursday's independence vote.

Before the rampaging English king Edward II -- the "Hammer of the Scots" -- stole their Stone of Destiny in 1296, all Scottish kings were once crowned in Scone on the block of red sandstone.

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Poles Bring Lessons from History to Scottish Referendum

Scotland may historically have been a nation of emigration but a wave of recent Polish immigrants will vote in Thursday's independence referendum, with lessons from their home countries shaping their decision.

As in much of the rest of Britain, Poles make up the biggest group of immigrants in Scotland. Of the seven percent of people in Scotland born abroad, 15 percent or 55,000 are from Poland.

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5 Tripoli Men Joined IS in Arsal Plains, 2 Involved in Troops Beheading

Five Lebanese citizens have joined the extremist Islamic State group in the outskirts of the Bekaa border town of Arsal and two of them played a role in the recent decapitation of two captive Lebanese troops, a media report said on Wednesday.

“Five individuals who hail from (the northern city of) Tripoli have joined the IS group in Arsal's outskirts,” LBCI television reported.

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Egypt Blames Organized Crime after Migrant Shipwreck Deaths

Egypt on Wednesday blamed organized criminal gangs of people traffickers operating on its territory after a boat carrying 500 illegal migrants was intentionally capsized off Malta.

The migrants, including up to 100 children, drowned after smugglers sank their ship when the passengers refused to change to a smaller vessel, survivors said.

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Iran's Rouhani to Attend U.N. Assembly, No Obama Meet Set

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will address the U.N. General Assembly in New York next week but is not scheduled to meet Barack Obama, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.

Rouhani's first major foreign visit as president was to last year's General Assembly, where he held a historic telephone call with Obama on the sidelines, the highest level contact between the two countries since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution.

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Tunisia Troops Kill Two Gunmen as Alert Level Raised

Tunisian troops killed two suspected foreign militants in an overnight firefight, the government said on Wednesday, after it raised its alert level nationwide in the run-up to a general election.

Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, who has warned of a "serious terrorist threat" as the October 26 election nears, asked the army to be ready to intervene in towns and cities as he raised the alert level on Tuesday evening.

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Berri: No 'Under the Table' Deal on Parliament Extension

Speaker Nabih Berri stressed on Wednesday that there are no “under the table” deals regarding the controversial issue of extending the parliament’s term.

“We only work above the table,” said Berri during his weekly meeting with lawmakers.

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