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  • Polls show Scottish opponents of independence with slight lead ahead of vote

    By Guy Faulconbridge and Alistair Smout EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scottish supporters of staying in the United Kingdom are 4 percentage points ahead of secessionists with just a day to go before Scots vote in an independence referendum, three different opinion polls showed. The United Kingdom's fate remains uncertain as the three surveys - from pollsters ICM, Opinium and Survation - showed support for Scottish independence at 48 percent compared to 52 percent backing union. The polls found 8 to 14 percent of Scotland's 4. ...

  • Sri Lanka backs China's maritime 'Silk Road' plan
    Sri Lanka backs China's maritime 'Silk Road' plan

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping won Sri Lanka's support Tuesday for a proposed maritime "Silk Road" linking China with Europe, and helped launch billion-dollar power plant and port city projects funded by his government.

  • Leonardo DiCaprio named UN Messenger of Peace
    Leonardo DiCaprio named UN Messenger of Peace

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio's movie roles have made him an international star, but his long and little-known commitment to preserving the global environment has led to his new role — as a U.N. Messenger of Peace.

  • Donald Trump's Atlantic City history
    Donald Trump's Atlantic City history

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — One Atlantic City casino bearing Donald Trump's name closed Tuesday and another is threatening to close in November, but Trump himself has mostly cut ties with the struggling seaside resort.

  • How far is Putin prepared to go in Ukraine?
    How far is Putin prepared to go in Ukraine?

    Brussels (AFP) - Russia could go even further in Ukraine with the "frozen conflict" strategy it has tried and tested in other countries, and may even end up annexing around half of Ukrainian territory, analysts say.

  • History books spark new Texas classroom battle
    History books spark new Texas classroom battle

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The long-running ideological dispute over what gets taught in Texas classrooms flared anew over proposed history textbooks Tuesday, with academics decrying lessons they said exaggerate the importance of Christian values on the nation's Founding Fathers while conservatives complained of anti-American, pro-Islam biases.

  • DARPA And Lockheed Are FINALLY Testing Laser Turrets On Planes
    DARPA And Lockheed Are FINALLY Testing Laser Turrets On Planes

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency along with aerospace and defense contractor Lockheed Martin strapped a 360-degree laser turret to a jet for the U.S. military’s first test of laser-equipped military aircraft.

  • Ignored and fed up, UK regions call for Scottish-style devolution

    By Paul Sandle and Sarah Young CAERNARFON/YORK (Reuters) - Scotland's chance to vote for independence has lit hopes in other regions of Britain that a reworking of political ties might boost their chances of self-rule too. London-based parliamentarians have been wrong-footed by a late surge of support among Scottish voters planning to say 'Yes' on Sept. 18, and their consequent hurried promise to award Edinburgh more economic decision-making if it stays part of the union is being eyed by Manchester, Yorkshire and Wales. ...

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