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  • Game on for Scottish independence campaign after poll boost
    Game on for Scottish independence campaign after poll boost

    Scotland's prospects of independence after a referendum in two weeks' time received a boost Tuesday when a second opinion poll showed the "Yes" camp within touching distance of victory. While all the polls have put the "No" camp ahead, the latest YouGov survey was the second in four days to suggest that the gap is closing ahead of the September 18 vote. "The political atmosphere across Scotland now is electric," wrote Magnus Linklater in the Times, one of the newspapers which carried the YouGov poll. The YouGov poll found that 47 percent of people questioned would vote "Yes" to independence, compared to 53 percent who would vote "No", excluding those who are still undecided.

  • Florida power utilities fear return of ‘Green Governor' Crist
    Florida power utilities fear return of ‘Green Governor' Crist

    By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - When Charlie Crist last governed Florida, his green energy and climate policies made him few friends among the state's powerful electricity corporations. Now, as the Republican-turned Democrat bids to return to the governor's mansion, it may be payback time. Florida's three largest utilities have poured money into the re-election campaign of Republican incumbent Governor Rick Scott in an expensive and closely watched political battle for the nation's largest swing state. ...

  • Human Trial for Ebola Vaccine to Begin This Week
    Human Trial for Ebola Vaccine to Begin This Week

    GlaxoSmithKline Makes Vaccine Stockpiles

  • Iran unveils new surface-to-air missile, radars

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Tuesday unveiled a new surface-to-air missile and two radar systems it claims will boost the country's defense capabilities.

  • Land grab erodes Israel support, finance minister warns
    Land grab erodes Israel support, finance minister warns

    Finance Minister Yair Lapid warned Tuesday that Israel was eroding its international support, as criticism abroad mounted of its biggest grab of Palestinian land since the 1980s. Lapid complained the security cabinet had not been consulted about Sunday's announcement of the confiscation of 400 hectares (988 acres) of land in the occupied West Bank to pave the way for further settlement building. "The announcement, which wasn't brought to the security cabinet, regarding 900 acres of land for building in Gush Etzion (between Jerusalem and Hebron) harms the State of Israel," Lapid told an economic conference in Tel Aviv.

  • Apple iCloud hack raises questions ahead of big release
    Apple iCloud hack raises questions ahead of big release

    Questions about the future of data protection abound after celebrity iCloud accounts get hacked.

  • Russia and NATO square off over Ukraine
    Russia and NATO square off over Ukraine

    Russia declared NATO a major "threat" on Tuesday after the Western military alliance announced plans to reinforce defences in eastern Europe because of the Kremlin's perceived stoking of war in Ukraine. Moscow's surprise declaration of a shift in its military doctrine came just ahead of a NATO summit in Wales on Thursday at which beleaguered Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will lobby US President Barack Obama for military support.

  • U.S. asks North Korea to release U.S. citizens 'out of humanitarian concern'

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday requested that the North Korean government release three U.S. citizens currently detained there "out of humanitarian concern" and grant one of them special amnesty to seek medical care. Three U.S. citizens - Kenneth Bae, Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller - asked the American government for help returning home on Monday in rare interviews with CNN set up by the North Korean government. Bae is serving a 15-year sentence, others are awaiting trial. "There is no greater priority for us than the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad ... ...

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