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Scots vote on independence, United Kingdom's fate on knife-edge
News ImageBy Guy Faulconbridge and Angus MacSwan EDINBURGH (Reuters - Scotland voted on Thursday on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or end the 307-year-old union with England and become an independent nation in a finely balanced referendum with far-reaching consequences. From remote highlands and islands to the tough city estates of Glasgow, people were almost equally divided over a vote watched closely by Britain's allies, investors and restive regions at home and abroad. Pre-voting opinion polls gave the "No" campaign - those in favor of remaining in the United Kingdom - a slight edge. ...
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:20:15 -0400
British journalist purportedly shown in IS propaganda video
By Alexander Dziadosz BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Thursday that they said shows British journalist John Cantlie in captivity saying he will soon reveal "facts" about the group to counter its portrayal in Western media. The Islamic State, which controls territory in Syria and Iraq, has already beheaded two American journalists and one British aid worker in recent weeks in what it said was reprisal for U.S. air strikes against it in Iraq. ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:38:13 -0400
Three car bombs, mortars kill 23 in Shi'ite Baghdad districts
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three car bombs were detonated in adjacent Shi'ite Baghdad neighbourhoods on Thursday followed by a dozen mortar rounds, killing at least 23 people and wounding more than 50, security and medical sources said. Two of the bombs hit Kadhimiya and one hit the adjacent district of Tobcha, the security sources said. A mortar landed near the site of a major Shi'ite shrine in Kadhimiya and gunfire was heard in the district, they said. Bombs hit the capital on a near-daily basis but coordinated attacks of this scale have been rare in the last several weeks. ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:29:52 -0400
UK Muslim leaders call for release of Briton held by Islamic State
News ImageBy Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Muslim groups across Britain called on Thursday for the release of British hostage Alan Henning, a volunteer aid worker captured in Syria whose life was threatened in a recent video released by Islamic State militants. Henning was part of an aid convoy taking medical supplies to a hospital in northwest Syria in December last year when it was stopped by gunmen and he was taken away. ...
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:10:58 -0400
Russia's Putin says sanctions violate principles of WTO
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the presidential council at the Kremlin in MoscowMOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Western sanctions against Russia violated the principles of the World Trade Organization and the main way to combat them was to develop the domestic market. At a meeting with senior officials, Putin said Russia had no intention of punishing the West for the sanctions, imposed over Moscow's role in Ukraine, and said instead they had challenged Russia to strengthen its economy, boost competition and spur lending. ...
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:42:58 -0400
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