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Scots spurn independence, vote to stay in the United Kingdom

Supporters from the "No" Campaign react to a declaration in their favour, in Glasgow, ScotlandBy Alistair Smout and Angus MacSwan EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland has chosen to stay in the United Kingdom, spurning independence in a historic referendum that had worried allies and investors, results showed on Friday with more than two thirds of the vote declared. Scotland's final verdict on the union should be clear within two hours. Supporters of the United Kingdom have won 54 percent of the vote, according to Reuters calculations, and that share could climb. The independence camp conceded that it had come up short. ...

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:02:26 -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. ...
Date Posted : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:38:13 -0400
Australian PM cites 'chatter' of attacks on government, parliament

Australia 's PM Abbott speaks to defence personnel at RAAF Base Williamtown, located north of Sydney, before they depart to join U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in IraqBy Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Intelligence "chatter" has revealed that militants plan to attack Australian politicians and government buildings, the prime minister said on Friday, a day after hundreds of police carried out a sweeping counter-terrorism operation. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he had ordered security boosted at Parliament House in Canberra, amid mounting concerns over the possibility of attacks by Australians radicalised in Iraq or Syria. ...

Date Posted : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:38:51 -0400
Obama not due to meet Iran's Rouhani but open to it: U.S. official
By Louis Charbonneau and Parisa Hafezi NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is not scheduled to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York during the United Nations General Assembly next week, though the U.S. leader remains open to such a meeting, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is likely to hold bilateral talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tehran's nuclear program and other issues on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at U.N. headquarters, the official said on condition of anonymity. ...
Date Posted : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:02:16 -0400
North Korea probe on Japan abductees in early stage: Japan government

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga smiles during a news conference at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in TokyoTOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea has told Japan it can only give a preliminary report on the status of its investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by Pyongyang decades ago and of other missing Japanese, the government spokesman in Tokyo said on Friday. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said resolving the emotive dispute over the abductees is a top priority for his administration. In 2002, North Korea admitted kidnapping 13 Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 1980s to help train spies. Five abductees and their families later returned to Japan. ...

Date Posted : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:50:00 -0400
Yamal, Russia's gas megaplan, becomes symbol of sanctions defiance
By Katya Golubkova and Dmitry Zhdannikov MOSCOW (Reuters) - Dozens of Russian energy ventures are in jeopardy due to Western sanctions on technology and funding. Looming over them all, a giant project the Kremlin is bent on saving no matter what. The Yamal plan, a $27 billion investment to tap vast natural gas reserves in northwest Siberia, aims to double Russia's stake in the fast-growing market for liquefied natural gas. If it stays on track, it will also show the West that the world's largest energy industry is not cracking under sanctions. ...
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:08:16 -0400
Scots reject independence in historic vote

An official reacts as counting continues in the Scottish Independence Referendum at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment - and the rest of the United Kingdom held its breath - after voters turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum that could end the country's 307-year union with England. (AP Photo/David Cheskin)EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Scottish voters have rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:29:05 -0400
Heavy rain floods Philippine capital; markets, schools shut

A girl cries next to other residents taking shelter at a basketball court after they were evacuated at the height of Typhoon Kalmaegi in MarikinaMANILA (Reuters) - Heavy rain in the Philippine capital, Manila, caused flooding in many areas on Friday, shutting schools, government offices and financial markets as a tropical storm made landfall to the north. Thousands of residents in low-lying areas were moved to higher ground, officials said, as flood waters rose quickly after the equivalent of half a month's usual rain fell in six hours. The Philippine Stock Exchange suspended trade after the government canceled work and classes in the capital. ...

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:28:46 -0400
Floods shut down Philippine capital
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Heavy rains from a storm and the seasonal monsoon caused widespread flooding Friday in the Philippine capital and nearby provinces, shutting down schools and government offices.
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:27:27 -0400
Pound rises as Scotland votes to stay in UK

Trader Patrick Forbes, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening higher a day after the Federal Reserve made clear it would keep interest rates at record lows for a while. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)HONG KONG (AP) — The British pound jumped as Scotland voted to stay part of the United Kingdom while Japanese shares surged as the yen extended losses against the dollar. Other Asian benchmarks were subdued for lack of major economic data.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:25:57 -0400
Philippine peacekeepers pull out early from Golan
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military says the bulk of Filipino peacekeepers of more than 240 soldiers have pulled out two weeks early from the U.N. mission in the Golan Heights due to escalating fighting in the region.
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:21:27 -0400
Scotland votes 'No' to independence

Edinburgh (AFP) - Scottish voters have rejected independence from the rest of the United Kingdom, official results showed on Friday, by a margin of almost 10 percentage points.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:19:50 -0400
Tropical storm flooding shuts down Philippine capital

A woman is escorted on a makeshift raft along a flooded street during heavy rains brought on by tropical Storm Fung-Wong in Manila on September 19, 2014Manila (AFP) - Heavy rains brought by the outer bands of Tropical Storm Fung-Wong shut down the Philippine capital Manila on Friday, stranding motorists and forcing tens of thousands to flee their flooded homes, officials said.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:16:33 -0400
Voters in Scotland reject independence in historic vote with unprecedented turnout
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Voters in Scotland reject independence in historic vote with unprecedented turnout.
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:14:22 -0400
Malaysian student sentenced to 1 year for sedition
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court sentenced a student democracy activist to a year in jail on Friday after finding him guilty of sedition, drawing immediate condemnation from human rights groups who accuse the government of using the colonial-era law to stifle freedom of expression.
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:13:33 -0400
Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians. But terrorism experts on Friday questioned whether the ruthless movement had the capacity or inclination to sustain a terror campaign so far from the Middle East.
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:06:00 -0400
Top Asian News at 5:00 a.m. GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba will say "open sesame" to the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, as its shares begin trading in a highly anticipated debut that could raise up to $25 billion. The company priced its initial public offering of stock Thursday evening at $68 per share, the top end of the expected price range, according to Alibaba. The shares will trade under the ticker "BABA" on the NYSE. The IPO values Alibaba at $167.62 billion. That's bigger than the current market value of companies such as Amazon, Cisco, and eBay.
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:04:13 -0400
Court dismisses team's application over doping
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia's Federal Court dismissed an application by the Essendon Bombers Australian Football League club on Friday relating to a supplements scandal that resulted in 34 current or former players being served with doping violations.
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:03:56 -0400
British markets breathe sigh of relief as Scots vote 'No'
LONDON (Reuters) - British stocks were set to open higher on Friday while previously inflated bets on high volatility in the currency market over the next week fell away as the "No" camp looked set for victory in Scotland's independence referendum. The deputy leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon, effectively conceded defeat in the vote after the bulk of results had leant towards "No". ...
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:03:02 -0400
British PM Cameron lauds Scottish anti-independence campaign head
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday congratulated Alistair Darling, the man who spearheaded the campaign against Scottish independence, as partial results indicated Scotland had voted to stay in the United Kingdom by a clear margin. "I've spoken to Alistair Darling and congratulated him on a well-fought campaign," Cameron, whose own job would have been on the line in the event of a "Yes" vote, wrote on his official Twitter feed. ...
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:02:06 -0400
Mexico sends troops to Los Cabos after looting, thousands stranded

Residents carry bottles of water in a school used as a shelter in Cabo San Lucas, after Hurricane Odile hit in Baja CaliforniaBy German Medrano SAN JOSE DEL CABO (Reuters) - Mexico sent in troops and police to safeguard thousands of tourists stranded in the storm-battered Mexican Pacific resort of Los Cabos on Thursday after widespread looting. Odile churned into the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula on Sunday as a Category 3 hurricane, wreaking havoc on a scenic area popular with U.S. sun seekers that has rarely witnessed such devastation. Two people died after trying to cross a flooded stream in the area of Santa Rosalia, officials said. ...

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:58:58 -0400
Results in Edinburgh push anti-independence side to edge of victory in Scotland
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Results in Edinburgh push anti-independence side to edge of victory in Scotland.
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:58:27 -0400
Russia says Ukraine gas talks preliminarily agreed for September 26
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Russia, Ukraine and the European Union had preliminarily agreed to hold new talks on resolving a gas-pricing dispute between Russia and Ukraine on Sept. 26, Russian news agencies reported on Friday. "We are preliminarily discussing three-party talks for Sept. 26," Novak told journalists in Sochi, Itar-Tass news agency reported. Novak said Russia, Ukraine and the European Union were happy with the date, according to Interfax. (Reporting by Alexander Winning, editing by Elizabeth Piper)
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:57:31 -0400
Scotland votes against independence: BBC forecast

Postal votes are sorted in the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 18, 2014Edinburgh (AFP) - Scotland has voted against independence in a historic referendum, the BBC forecast on Friday after preliminary results showed 54.3 percent voting "No" and 45.7 percent voting "Yes".

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:49:50 -0400
Roadside bombs kills 5 UN peacekeepers in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A roadside bomb in northern Mali killed five U.N. peacekeepers and wounded several others on Thursday, a spokesman said of the latest in a string of deadly attacks on the force.
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:48:35 -0400
North Korea struts in style on world sports stage
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is making a statement on the international sports stage — a fashion statement.
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:45:35 -0400
Australia puts armed police in parliament after more threats

Australian Federal Police officers detain a suspect in Sydney during the country's largest ever counter-terrorism raid on September 18, 2014Sydney (AFP) - Australia announced Friday the deployment of armed police inside parliament in the face of threats from extremists after foiling a plot by Islamic State jihadists for "demonstration executions" in the country.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:35:48 -0400
Factbox: Scotland's referendum - how the votes are adding up
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Votes are being counted from Scotland's independence referendum with most of the first tallies expected to come from the smaller councils. Announcements from the big cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen are expected only around 0400 GMT. The referendum will be decided by a simple majority, meaning the 'yes' and 'no' campaigns are seeking to get more than 50 percent of the votes cast. Below are details of counts which have been declared so far and the councils for which results have yet to be announced. ...
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:35:30 -0400
Asian Games prepares for opening ceremony
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Incheon, South Korea, is making final preparations for a lavish Asian Games opening ceremony featuring 10,000 athletes, a fireworks display and performances by "Gangnam Style" singer PSY and other Korean pop stars.
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:34:44 -0400
New round of Iran nuclear talks faces old hurdles
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Seven months and more than a half dozen rounds into talks on a substantive nuclear deal, Iran and six world powers gathering for another session appear no closer to an agreement.
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:30:36 -0400
Congress backs Obama on aid to Syrian rebels
WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation requested by President Barack Obama authorizing the military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East is headed for his signature after a sweeping Senate vote.
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:22:04 -0400
2-time Grand Slam winner Li Na retires from tour

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2014, file photo, Li Na, of China, walks around during the trophy presentation after defeating Dominika Cibulkova, of Slovakia, in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia. Li formally announced her retirement on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, File)BEIJING (AP) — Li Na, a two-time Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, has retired due to recurring knee injuries.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:13:46 -0400
Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial

Guzulnur, wife of Ilham Tohti arrives at Urumqi People's Intermediate Court to attend her husband's trial in Urumqi, China's northwestern region of Xinjiang Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. The defense in the separatism trial of Tohti, a Muslim Uighur scholar, sought to show Thursday that his classroom lectures and online commentary never amounted to a campaign to split his native region of Xinjiang away from China. (AP Photo/Jack Chang)URUMQI, China (AP) — A prominent Muslim Uighur scholar being tried on separatism charges told a court in far western China that he never advocated the overthrow of Chinese rule in his native Xinjiang, according to his lawyer.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:09:00 -0400
Pound hits two-year high against euro on Scotland results

The euro tumbled to 0.7809 pounds in early Tokyo trade, down from 0.7882 pounds and its lowest level since July 2012Tokyo (AFP) - The British pound surged to a more than two-year high against the euro Friday, while it also rallied against the dollar as early results suggested Scotland will vote against independence from the United Kingdom.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:05:23 -0400
Nepal clears Indian firm to build power plant
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's government has endorsed plans for Indian company GMR to build the Himalayan nation's largest hydro power plant in a small step toward easing chronic power shortages, officials said Friday.
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:05:12 -0400
Mexico rights body probes deadly army-gang faceoff

In this Sept. 15, 2014 photo, a woman who did not want to give her name for fear of reprisals, lays out the clothes of her late 15-year-old daughter Erika Gomez Gonzalez, on a bed at her home in Arcelia, Mexico. The woman says she witnessed her child's death when army soldiers fired first at an armed group at a grain warehouse on June 30 in the town of San Pedro Limon, Mexico. She said one man died in the initial shootout, when the rest of the gunmen surrendered on the promise they would not be hurt. She recalls that her daughter, who was face down in the ground with a bullet in her leg, was rolled over while she was still alive and shot more than half a dozen times in the chest. The mother said she arrived to the warehouse the day before the shooting, in an attempt to take her daughter home, but gang members wouldn't let her. (AP Photo/Eduardo Castillo)ARCELIA, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's Civil Rights Commission says it is investigating the circumstances of a June confrontation between the army and a suspected drug gang that left 22 people dead.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:03:54 -0400
Chinese tennis star Li Na retires over knee injuries

China's Li Na with her Australian Open trophy in Melbourne on January 25, 2014Beijing (AFP) - China's Li Na announced her retirement at the age of 32 Friday, saying knee injuries had forced her out of tennis just seven months after she won the Australian Open.

Date Posted : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:56:17 -0400
Olympic chief warns over sex harassment at Asian Games

Policemen keep watch at the Munhak Stadium ahead of a men's first round group H football match between Kyrgyzstan and Iran at the Asian Games in Incheon on September 18, 2014Incheon (South Korea) (AFP) - Asia's Olympics chief pleaded for good behaviour at the Asian Games Friday after an official was kicked out for sexual harassment and a footballer was accused of groping.

Date Posted : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:46:30 -0400
Scotland independence vote hangs in the balance

Votes are counted in the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 18, 2014Edinburgh (AFP) - Votes cast for and against Scotland's independence in a historic referendum were running virtually neck and neck, early results showed on Friday as the count continued, but leading "No" campaigners suggested that victory was in sight.

Date Posted : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:39:44 -0400
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