[Newsmaker] What if? Scotland's steps to independence

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[Newsmaker] What if? Scotland's steps to independence

With polls showing Scotland's upcoming independence referendum too close to call, the rest of the United Kingdom is starting to consider seriously the implications of a "Yes" victory.A pro-independenc...

Updated : 2014.09.16 21:50

U.S. bombs IS near Baghdad

PARIS (AFP) ― U.S. warplanes carried out their first air strike on the Islamic State near Baghdad, as world diplomats pledged Monday to support Iraq in its fight against the militants.The United States early last month began air strikes against IS positions in northern Iraq, but Monday’s...

Updated : 2014.09.16 21:38

U.N. pulls troops from Golan Heights

UNITED NATIONS (AP) ― The United Nations said Monday it has withdrawn its peacekeepers from many positions on the Golan Heights because of escalating fighting in the war between Syrian government for...

Updated : 2014.09.16 21:32

Parties in final push before Scottish vote

ABERDEEN, Scotland (AFP) ― The leaders of the three main British parties on Tuesday issued a joint pledge to give the Scottish parliament more powers if voters reject independence, in a final drive t...

Updated : 2014.09.16 21:31

Philippines evacuates thousands near volcano

LEGAZPI, Philippines (AFP) ―Thousands of people living near the Philippines’ most active volcano began leaving their homes on Tuesday as lava trickled down its slopes and authorities warned of a dangerous eruption.Mayon, a volcano famed in equal parts for its near-perfect cone and brutal...

Updated : 2014.09.16 21:31

Xi to launch $1.4b port city development in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO (AFP) ― Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Sri Lanka on Tuesday to launch construction of a Beijing-funded $1.4 billion port city and seek closer defense ties that could provoke unease in India.China is increasingly asserting its influence in the Indian Ocean, with Sri Lanka ...

Updated : 2014.09.16 21:31

Snowden, Assange join Dotcom to accuse New Zealand of ‘spying’

WELLINGTON (AFP) ― Former U.S. intelligence operative Edward Snowden and fellow fugitive and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange joined forces Monday to attack the New Zealand government, accusing it of mass surveillance on its people, five days before the country goes to the polls. The appe...

Updated : 2014.09.16 21:31

‘Worst shipwreck in years’ leaves 500 boat migrants feared dead

ROME (AFP) ― As many as 500 migrants are feared to have drowned after traffickers reportedly rammed and sank their boat in what the International Organization for Migration described Monday as “the worst shipwreck in years.”Horrific details of the shipwreck, which occurred Wednesday nea...

Updated : 2014.09.16 21:31

Obama to announce major Ebola effort

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― President Barack Obama will on Tuesday seek to “turn the tide” in the Ebola epidemic by ordering 3,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa and launching a major health care training and hygiene program.The White House said Obama will travel to the Centers for Disea...

Updated : 2014.09.16 21:30

Google says government data requests up 150%

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― Google said Monday that worldwide government requests for user data rose 150 percent over five years, as the Internet giant renewed its call for reforms to allow for greater disclosure.Updating the company’s twice-yearly “transparency report,” Google legal director R...

Updated : 2014.09.16 21:18

14 Nobel Laureates urge Zuma to issue visa to Dalai Lama

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) ― Fourteen Nobel Peace laureates urged South Africa to grant the Dalai Lama a visa Monday, after Chinese complaints apparently scuppered a trip by the Tibetan spiritual leader to t...

Updated : 2014.09.16 20:32

Germany charges 93-year-old with Auschwitz murders

BERLIN (AFP) ― Germany charged a 93-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen-SS on Monday with at least 300,000 counts of accessory to murder over his time at the Auschwitz death camp.The charges relate to the around 425,000 people believed to have been deported to the camp in occupied P...

Updated : 2014.09.16 20:32

2 Vietnam War soldiers receive Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) ― Two Vietnam War soldiers ― one still living, one killed in action ― received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on Monday, nearly 50 years after they threw themselves in...

Updated : 2014.09.16 20:32

Ex-Mossad chief Yitzhak Hofi dies

Yitzhak HofiJERUSALEM (AP) ― Yitzhak Hofi, a former Israeli general and Mossad chief who played a key role in the country‘s daring 1976 commando rescue raid in Uganda, has died. He was 87. Hofi foug...

Updated : 2014.09.16 20:31

Clooney to get prize for humanitarian work

George ClooneyLOS ANGELES (AFP) ― Hollywood megastar George Clooney will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes for his work on screen and off, the organization said Monday.The Holly...

Updated : 2014.09.16 20:31