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Scotland decides to be with the UK

IN a historic referendum held Thursday, the Scottish people have had their say about what future they like for themselves: To be an independent entity or remain part of Great Britain. It was an extraordinary sight of how a people decide its political future in a democracy through freely exercising their right to self-determination.     Clearly, pragmatism of the Scottish people has got the better of their emotion through this referendum.    The majority of the electorate,   55 per cent of...

Gordon Brown emerges as the 'saviour'

Gordon Brown emerges as the 'saviour'

The man credited with swinging Scotland's independence referendum and saving Prime Minister David Cameron's job is ironically his predecessor, Gordon Brown, who was defeated by Cameron in the 2010 election. Tributes flooded in for the former Labour leader yesterday from the same conservative commentators who once mocked his clumsy style and simmering rivalry with...

UK imams in hostage video appeal to IS

UK imams in hostage video appeal to IS

Two high-profile imams in the UK have made a direct appeal to Islamic State to free British hostage Alan Henning. In a YouTube video, Shakeel Begg and Haitham al-Haddad said there was no justification for holding the 47-year-old, who was captured in Syria. Henning, a taxi driver from Eccles in Salford, was delivering aid when...

Scotland stays -- but the story's not over

Scotland stays -- but the story's not over

David Cameron has had the narrowest of political escapes. Success for the "Better Together" campaign has saved him from catastrophe: he will not, after all, live on in history as the Prime Minister on whose watch the Scottish nation chose to leave the United Kingdom. But serious questions will now be asked in...

UK to make changes after Scotland vote keeps union

UK to make changes after Scotland vote keeps union

Voters in Scotland have rejected independence, but leaders of Britain's three largest parties have promised Scots more autonomy than they have won so far. Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday he also wants to give England, Wales and Northern Ireland greater independence from central government. Here's a look at how things might change. THE REFERENDUM...

Voting begins in Scottish referendum

Voting begins in Scottish referendum

People in Scotland have begun voting on whether the country should stay in the UK or become an independent nation. Voters will answer "Yes" or "No" to the referendum question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" With 4,285,323 people - 97% of the electorate - registered to vote, a historically high turnout is expected. Votes will...

Scottish independence: Voting under way in referendum

Scottish independence: Voting under way in referendum

People in Scotland are voting on whether the country should stay in the UK or become an independent nation. Voters will answer "Yes" or "No" to the referendum question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" With 4,285,323 people - 97 percent of the electorate - registered to vote, it is expected to be the busiest...

Nato plans 4,000 strong rapid reaction force

Nato plans 4,000 strong rapid reaction force

The UK is to contribute a quarter of the troops in a new 4,000-strong Nato rapid reaction force for initial deployment in the Baltics, easing anxiety among member states near Russia's border that the Kremlin could repeat its aggression in Ukraine elsewhere in the region. The announcement will come against the backdrop of peace...

Obama, Cameron unite in defiance of ISIS

Obama, Cameron unite in defiance of ISIS

David Cameron and Barack Obama have said they are determined to "confront" militant group Islamic State (IS). Writing in the Times ahead of a Nato summit in Wales, the UK and US leaders said people who wanted an "isolationist approach" misunderstood the situation. They also said Nato must have a strong presence in eastern Europe...

UK close to identifying Foley killer

UK close to identifying Foley killer

The UK is close to identifying a suspected jihadist who is believed to have beheaded a journalist, ambassador to the US Peter Westmacott has said. The UK has been trying to identify the Islamic State militant with an English accent who appears in footage of the killing of US journalist James Foley. "We are very...

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