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Scottish referendum today

Scottish referendum today

The campaign for Scotland's independence referendum went down to the wire yesterday ahead of a knife-edge vote that will either see Scotland break away from the United Kingdom or gain sweeping new powers. The "Yes" and "No" camps mobilised thousands of volunteers to take to the streets across Scotland in a final push to...

Fight against Islamic State

Jihadists threaten to target White House

Islamic State (IS) militants have threatened to target the White House and kill US troops in a new slickly made video response to Barack Obama's campaign to "degrade and destroy" the organisation. The video, in the style of a blockbuster movie trailer for what is "coming soon", depicts a masked man apparently about to shoot kneeling prisoners in the head. Towards the end of the clip there is shaky footage of the White House filmed from a moving vehicle, suggesting...

China Leader's India Tour

Xi seeks to reset ties

Xi seeks to reset ties

India's new prime minister rolled out the red carpet for Xi Jinping in his hometown yesterday, as the Chinese president began a maiden visit with Asia's rival superpowers seeking to reset relations. Narendra Modi pulled out all the stops for Xi, organising an intimate riverside dinner in Ahmedabad, the main city in his home...

Deadly gunbattles erupt in Ukraine

Fierce gunbattles erupted around the Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk yesterday, with two civilians killed just a day after lawmakers in Kiev held out an offer of self-rule to the pro-Russian separatists. Heavy shelling has been reported around the flashpoint eastern industrial hub almost daily despite the warring sides signing up to a ceasefire deal almost two weeks ago. Almost 2,900 people have been killed and at least 600,000 forced from their homes across the war-battered east since the crisis erupted,...

Protesters throw Ukraine MP in trash

Protesters throw Ukraine MP in trash

Dozens of angry protesters near the Ukrainian parliament seized a prominent opposition deputy on Tuesday and dumped him in a trash container, accusing him of failing to back laws to end the turbulence in the country. The incident involved Vitaly Zhuravsky, a former member of ousted President Viktor Yanukovich's party. It was unclear why...

Unique tax protest

A disgruntled taxpayer in southern France paid her annual bill using 30 kilogrammes (66 pounds) of small change in protest at the way taxes are collected. The unemployed 28-year-old woman, who gave her name only as Audrey D., had to pay 1,107 euros in tax on her 2013 salary, which was on average 1,400 euros. Income tax in France is levied once a year in September on the salary earned the previous year. Initially, she went to the tax office to pay...

Fresh murder charges against Pak PM

Anti-government protesters in Pakistan have pressed fresh murder charges against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, police confirmed yesterday, as demonstrations that rocked the capital last month appear to lose steam. The case relates to the deaths of three people in clashes with police that took place on the night of August 30 after the protesters attempted to storm the prime minister's official residence and used cranes to remove barricades. Two victims died from rubber bullet injuries while a third had a heart...

IMF, WB warn of new Gaza violence

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday that insufficient funding and political efforts to rebuild Gaza would make economic recovery almost impossible and lead to further violence. The warnings came three weeks after Israel and Hamas signed a ceasefire to end 50 days of conflict. "Without immediate action by the Palestinian Authority, donors and the government of Israel to revitalise the economy and improve the business climate, a return to violence as we have seen in recent years will...

News in Brief

Pak air strikes kill 40 militants Afp, Islamabad Pakistan's military yesterday said it killed 40 insurgents and destroyed five of their hideouts in fresh air attacks as part of a major offensive against the Taliban in the northwest. Pakistan began the long-awaited push to clear the bases from North Waziristan district, on the Afghan border, in June. Uighur professor put on trial for separatism Afp, Urumqi Chinese authorities put a prominent scholar from the mostly-Muslim Uighur minority on trial for separatism yesterday as critics...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
Ukraine ratifies EU pact

Ukraine ratifies EU pact

Ukrainian lawmakers ratified a landmark EU pact yesterday that steers the ex-Soviet state closer to the West, and pledged autonomy for pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmakers ratified a landmark EU pact yesterday that steers the ex-Soviet state closer to the West, and pledged autonomy for pro-Russian rebels waging war in the east. But Russia signalled it had no intention of backing down in the most serious East-West standoff since the Cold war, with the announcement it plans to boost its troop presence in annexed Crimea. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said it was a "priority" to send reinforcements to the Black Sea peninsula because of what he described as the escalating Ukraine crisis and the...