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Scots spurn independence in historic vote, devolution battle begins

Supporters from the "No" Campaign celebrate in Edinburgh, ScotlandBy Alistair Smout and Guy Faulconbridge EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland spurned independence and saved a union dating back 300 years in a historic referendum but its defeated leader said it would hold London to last minute offers of more power that could radically reshape the United Kingdom. A vote for the union is a relief for millions of Britons including Prime Minister David Cameron, whose job was on the line, as well as allies across the world who were horrified at the prospect of the United Kingdom breaking up. ...

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:51:34 -0400
U.S. aims to keep Iran atomic talks separate from Islamic State conflict

Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif attends a bilateral meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Kerry in ViennaBy Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials hope to prevent two diplomatic challenges with Iran from colliding next week: the Iranian nuclear program and the threat posed by the Islamic State militant group. Their basic dilemma is how to keep Iran from hardening its stance in the nuclear talks out of a belief, which U.S. officials say would be misguided, that Washington might make nuclear concessions in exchange for help against IS. ...

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:50:11 -0400
French jets strike in Iraq, expanding U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State

French President Hollande listens to a question during a news conference at the Elysee Palace in ParisBy Oliver Holmes and Alexandria Sage BAGHDAD/PARIS (Reuters) - French jets struck a suspected Islamic State target in Iraq for the first time on Friday, expanding a U.S.-led military campaign against militants who have seized a third of the country and also control large parts of neighboring Syria. President Francois Hollande said Rafale jets hit "a logistics depot of the terrorists" near the city of Mosul, which has been held by Islamic State for more than three months. It promised more operations in coming days. The French military action, which follows U.S. ...

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:10:33 -0400
Kurdish leader urges world to protect Syrian town from Islamic State

Turkish security forces stand guard as Syrians wait behind the border fences near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa provinceBy Seyhmus Cakan DIKMETAS Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani called on Friday for international intervention to protect a Kurdish town in neighboring Syria from Islamic State fighters who have forced many Syrian Kurds to flee across the border into Turkey. Thousands of Kurds crossed the frontier on Friday, fearing an imminent attack on the border town of Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish, as Islamic State (IS) fighters advanced after seizing dozens of nearby villages over the past two days. ...

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:42:23 -0400
Campaign donations highlight winners, losers in Brazil election

Presidential candidate Marina Silva of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) attends a campaign rally in Sao Bernardo do CampoBy Silvio Cascione and Brad Haynes BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's financial markets have rallied on the prospect of environmentalist Marina Silva unseating President Dilma Rousseff in next month's election, but political donations show plenty of companies may be wary of a new administration. Silva's market-friendly proposals promise relief for oil giant Petrobras, ethanol mills and private banks. The money pouring into Brazil's stock market has gone in the opposite direction, driving up shares of companies that would benefit from a Silva presidency and lifting the Bovespa index as much as 11 percent when she first surged in polls. "Right now in the investor community we're focused on just getting Dilma Rousseff out of office, but once Silva is in power it's a different ball game," said Aryam Vazquez, a senior economist with the Oxford Economics investment consulting firm.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:02:38 -0400
Syria militants kill captive Lebanese soldier, bomb kills two

An ambulance, believed to be carrying Lebanese Army casualties of a roadside bombing, returns from ArsalBEIRUT (Reuters) - The Nusra Front, al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, killed one of the Lebanese soldiers it had been holding in captivity, Lebanese security sources and a Twitter statement said on Friday. The Sunni militants and other rebels in Syria regularly accuse the Lebanese army of working with Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shi'ite movement which has sent fighters to help the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. ...

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:43:12 -0400
Iran, six powers head into 'very tough' nuclear talks

(L-R) Helga Maria Schmid, Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs of European External Action Service , EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Iran's FM Mohammad Javad Zarif at the UN in New York on September 19, 2014United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Iran and six powers returned to the negotiating table on Friday with only two months left to overcome hurdles in the way of a deal on curbing Tehran's nuclear program.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:23:47 -0400
Day 3: Milan designers suggest more reveal

A model wears a creation for Versace women's spring-summer 2015 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)MILAN (AP) — Milan designers are working with the negative space in their looks for next season, suggesting more than revealing. Lace in all of its forms is making a comeback, creating feminine peek-a-boo looks. And light, airy, diaphanous fabrics are swathing frames in alluring ways, replacing bare skin on some runways.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:21:35 -0400
United States says role for Iran in tackling Islamic State
By Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that Iran had a role to play in a global coalition to tackle Islamic State militants who have seized swaths of Iraq and Syria and proclaimed a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East. "The coalition required to eliminate ISIL (Islamic State) is not only, or even primarily, military in nature," Kerry told a United Nations Security Council meeting on Iraq. "It must be comprehensive and include close collaboration across multiple lines of effort. ...
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:20:09 -0400
U.S. won't telegraph when Syria strikes will begin: Rice
By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ten days after President Barack Obama said he had authorized U.S. air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, the White House gave no sign on Friday that attacks were imminent as he prepared to meet world leaders at the United Nations. At a White House briefing, national security adviser Susan Rice was vague as to when the new air campaign might begin in Syria, and whether Obama would in fact sign off on any final attack plan developed by the Pentagon. ...
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:20:09 -0400
Tropical storm Polo threatens battered Mexican resort of Los Cabos

People wait in line to buy bottles of water in San Jose del CaboSAN JOSE DEL CABO (Reuters) - Tropical storm Polo barreled nearer on Friday to the Mexican Pacific resort of Los Cabos where thousands of troops were restoring order following widespread chaos caused by Hurricane Odile at the start of the week. Odile plowed into the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula on Sunday as a category 3 hurricane, causing major damage to beach resorts and sparking widespread looting. The U.S. ...

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:20:07 -0400
Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown

An empty local market area is seen, as Sierra Leone government enforces a three day lock-down on movement of all people in a attempt to fight the Ebola virus, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Thousands of health workers began knocking on doors across Sierra Leone on Friday in search of hidden Ebola cases with the entire West African nation locked down in their homes for three days in an unprecedented effort to combat the deadly disease. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone confined its 6 million people to their homes Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:16:32 -0400
Top Asian News at 11:00 p.m. GMT
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. Police said they thwarted such a plot by detaining suspects and raiding more than a dozen properties across Sydney on Thursday.
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:02:26 -0400
Chile playmaker Valdivia faces 12-game suspension
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's sports tribunal says Chile playmaker Jorge Valdivia will get a 12-match suspension for stepping on an opponent in a Brazilian league match.
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:59:21 -0400
U.S. information chief joins response to Ebola outbreak
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. government technology expert who helped Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates launch the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will join the Obama administration's battle against Ebola in West Africa, administration officials said on Friday. Steve VanRoekel is stepping down as chief information officer at the White House to join the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which is overseeing the Obama administration's response to the outbreak, officials said. VanRoekel's task as USAID's chief innovation officer will be to coordinate a U.S. ...
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:56:20 -0400
Voters go to the polls in New Zealand election
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Voters in New Zealand have begun casting their ballots in a general election that has Prime Minister John Key seeking a third term in office.
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:46:43 -0400
Platini criticizes FIFA over luxury watch probe

UEFA-President Michel Platini shows the name of London, host of the final, during the UEFA Euro 2020 Hosts Announcement Ceremony at the Espace Hippomene in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, September 19, 2014. The UEFA Euro 2020 tournament will be held in thirteen cities in thirteen different European countries. (AP Photo/KEYSTONE/Laurent Gillieron)GENEVA (AP) — UEFA President Michel Platini denounced FIFA's handling over a luxury gifts controversy on Friday and world football's governing body then disclosed it spent at least $140,000 on watches for officials at the World Cup.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:32:42 -0400
Alibaba stock soars in jubilant trading debut

Jack Ma, center, founder of Alibaba, raises a ceremonial mallet before striking a bell during the company's IPO at the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 in New York. The stock is to start trading Friday under the ticker "BABA." (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba debuted as a publicly traded company Friday and swiftly climbed nearly 40 percent in a mammoth IPO that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited growth potential and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:29:25 -0400
Ebola lockdown brings Sierra Leone capital to a halt

An empty street is seen at the start of a three-day national lockdown in FreetownBy Umaru Fofana and Josephus Olu-Mammah FREETOWN (Reuters) - Streets in the capital of Sierra Leone were deserted on Friday as the West African state began a contested, three-day lockdown in a bid to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record. President Ernest Bai Koroma urged people to heed the emergency measures as health workers, some clad in protective biohazard suits, went house to house, checking on residents and marking each doorway they visited with chalk. Radio stations played Ebola awareness jingles on repeat and encouraged residents to stay indoors. ...

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:26:07 -0400
Ex-Salvador leader sent to prison to await trial

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2004 file photo, former President of El Salvador Francisco Flores makes an announcement at the Casa Presidencial in San Salvador, El Salvador. The ex-president, who was under house arrest awaiting his trial, was removed from his home in San Salvador, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, and taken to jail where he will remain until the start of his trial. Flores is facing embezzlement and illicit enrichment charges. (AP Photo/Luis Romero, File)SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A special police unit in El Salvador has moved a former president to prison to await trial on charges of embezzlement and illicit enrichment.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:25:57 -0400
Canada's largest Cold War-era fighting ships retiring

The HMCS Algonquin and the HMAS Darwin on June 29, 2012 in Pearl Harbor, HawaiiOttawa (AFP) - The largest fighting ships in Canada's fleet are being decommissioned, the navy announced Friday, leaving a hole in its maritime defenses as replacements won't be ready for at least five years.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:24:19 -0400
Jury selected in 'Canadian Psycho' murder trial

This handout picture released on June 5, 2012 by the Police in Montreal shows Luka Rocco Magnotta, a porn actor dubbed the "Canadian Psycho" for allegedly killing and chopping up another manMontreal (AFP) - The murder trial of a former Canadian porn actor accused of killing and dismembering a Chinese student will start on September 29, a judge announced Friday after a jury was selected.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:17:53 -0400
Brown credited with turning Scot independence tide

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and NO campaigner in Scotland's Independence Referendum meets pupils at Kelty Primary school in Kelty Scotland Friday Sept. 19, 2014. Voters in Scotland resoundingly rejected independence in a historic referendum that shook the country to its core. But No does not mean a return to the status quo. The referendum led to promises of further powers for each of the four nations in the United Kingdom _ a pledge that will change the country forever. (AP Photo/Garry F McHarg/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUTKIRKCALDY, 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.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:08:08 -0400
France joins US against Islamic State over Iraq
PARIS (AP) — France is back at America's side in conducting military strikes in Iraq.
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:07:10 -0400
Virus tally nears 500,000 in Dominican Republic
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya has sickened nearly 500,000 people in the Dominican Republic, including 109 newborn babies, an official with the Caribbean country's health ministry said Friday.
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:07:06 -0400
London to host Euro 2020 final and semi-finals

London will host the final and semi-finals of the 2020 European football championship, says UEFA boss Michel Platini, pictured on Friday at UEFA headquarters in GenevaGeneva (AFP) - London will host the final and semi-finals of the 2020 European football championship, which will exceptionally be held in 13 different countries, UEFA boss Michel Platini announced Friday.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:03:54 -0400
Iran, 6 powers seek to unblock nuclear talks

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a joint news conference with his Iraqi counterpart in Baghdad. With little more than two months to deadline, Iran and six world powers on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, launched a fresh effort at narrowing stubborn differences on what nuclear concessions Tehran must agree to in exchange for full sanctions relief. (AP Photo/Ahmed Saad, Pool)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With little more than two months to deadline, Iran and six world powers on Friday launched a fresh effort at narrowing stubborn differences on what nuclear concessions Tehran must agree to in exchange for full sanctions relief.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:02:43 -0400
Anti-Islamic ads coming to New York transit system
NEW YORK (AP) — Anti-Islamic ads will begin appearing on 100 New York City buses and two subway entrances next week, but transit officials have rejected an ad from the same group that includes the phrase "Killing Jews."
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:55:46 -0400
Mexico agency hears witness of army-gang faceoff

In this Sept. 15, 2014 photo, a woman who did not want to give her name for fear of reprisals, holds up a photograph of her late 15-year-old daughter Erika Gomez Gonzalez, 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 said Friday it has talked to a witness who claims soldiers killed 20 men and one woman after they surrendered following a June confrontation in rural southern town.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:54:46 -0400
Israel-Palestinian 'solution' to be put to UN Security Council

Masked Palestinian demonstrators take cover during clashes with Israeli security forces following a protest on September 19, 2014, in the West Bank village of SilwadParis (AFP) - A "solution to the conflict" between the Israelis and Palestinians will be put to the UN Security Council, French President Francois Hollande said Friday after meeting Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in Paris.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:50:26 -0400
Eibar beats Elche 2-0 in Spanish league
ELCHE, Spain (AP) — Goals by Dani Garcia and Raul Albentosa gave Eibar its second win of the season as it defeated Elche 2-0 in the Spanish league on Friday.
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:49:24 -0400
Russia: info 'war' in Malaysian plane disaster

30 MILLION DOLLAR REWARD TO SOLVE MH17 MYSTERYRussia's U.N. ambassador cast doubt on the Netherlands-led investigation into the downing of a Malaysian Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine's rebel territory and called Friday for a new probe assisted by the United Nations.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:49:02 -0400
Queen urges unity after Scotland rejects independence

A 'no' vote supporter holds a sticker depicting an image of Queen Elizabeth II in Edinburgh, on September 13, 2014Edinburgh (AFP) - Scottish leader Alex Salmond said Friday he would resign after losing an independence referendum that left the United Kingdom intact, while Queen Elizabeth II called for "mutual respect" among Scots following a divisive campaign.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:47:11 -0400
FIFA ethics event puts WCup bid probe in spotlight

FILE - In this Friday, July 27, 2012 file photo, Chairmen of the two chambers of the new FIFA Ethics Committee Michael Garcia, left, from the US and Joachim Eckert, right, from Germany attend a press conference, at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert is unlikely to reach final decisions in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding corruption probe until early next year. The German judge also suggested on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, it was not his job to remove Russia or Qatar as hosts or order a re-vote based on FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia's investigation. (AP Photo/Keystone, Walter Bieri, File)ZURICH (AP) — Corruption, secrecy, and a soccer world seeming awash with gifts of watches: there is no shortage of issues to discuss when FIFA decides to talk about ethics.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:47:11 -0400
Two Iranians held in Kenya amid terror alert

Two men believed to be Iranian nationals were detained at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, but that it was not yet established if the pair should be treated as terrorism suspects or illegal migrantsNairobi (AFP) - Authorities in Kenya said Friday they have arrested two men believed to be Iranian nationals transiting through the east African nation on fake passports.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:39:52 -0400
Moody's confirms Britain's 'Aa1' rating

People read the voting figures for each region at the Royal Highland Centre counting hall in Edinburgh, on September 19, 2014Washington (AFP) - Ratings agency Moody's confirmed Britain's credit rating at "Aa1" on Friday, saying that Scotland's rejection of independence has preserved the strengths of the country's institutions and financial system.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:39:30 -0400
Moody's backs UK bond rating after Scotland vote
NEW YORK (AP) — Moody's Investors Services maintained its rating on United Kingdom government-backed bonds Friday, a day after voters in Scotland decided against national independence.
Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:32:52 -0400
Kenyatta summoned to ICC over claims of 'non-cooperation'

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta faces five counts at the ICC over his alleged role in masterminding election-related violence in 2007-2008The Hague (AFP) - The International Criminal Court said Friday it had summoned Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to appear before the tribunal over charges his government has withheld documents requested by prosecutors preparing his crimes against humanity trial.

Date Posted : Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:32:17 -0400
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