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Scots vote for the future of their country

NICK MILLER 5:56am Some had tears in their eyes, some gave a sigh of relief, some waved flags and some simply put a cross in a box and crossed their fingers.

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US lauds Australia's foiling of plot

Secretary of State John Kerry testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on

Nick O’Malley 8:36am Terrorist sympathisers in Australia were foiled plotting "an extravaganza of brutality" the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has told Congress.

IS captures 21 villages in northern Syria

Islamic State fighters sit on a tank in Raqqa, Syria.

4:24am Islamic State fighters besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria on Thursday after seizing 21 villages in a major assault.

Thai PM apologises for bikini comment

'I just wanted to warn tourists' ... Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has apologised for his comments regarding the danger of tourists wearing bikinis.

3:29am Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha apologised on Thursday for comments that sparked an international outcry following the murder of two Britons there this week.

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More than Dangerous: Naomi Klein takes on climate deniers

PETER HANNAM 12:15am Naomi Klein's provocative new book takes on global capitalism's role in hastening climate change and argues the model needs replacing - fast.

France launches first Iraq air strike

French President Francois Hollande arrives to deliver a speech about French air strikes inside Iraq

9:56pm French jets have launched their first air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq, destroying their target, President Francois Hollande says.

News anchor sacked over 'Eleven Jinping' gaffe

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, with his wife Peng Liyuan in New Delhi, India

9:48pm Pronouncing foreign leaders' names is a headache for newsreaders the world over but it has proved the downfall of one Indian newscaster, who mistook the visiting Chinese president's name for the Roman numeral XI, calling him "Eleven Jinping" on air.

Scotland rejects independence in referendum vote

A supporter from the

NICK MILLER 6:47pm The United Kingdom faces its biggest political revolution in centuries as David Cameron announces constitutional shake-up in wake of Scots rejecting independence.

Scottish independence vote shows a global crisis of the metropolitan elites

Economic future: Scottish voters were asked if they wished to walk away from British institutions, but this would also have thrown into question their future currency.

Neil Irwin 4:59pm When you get past the details of the Scottish independence referendum on Thursday, there is a broader story, also playing out in other advanced nations. It is a crisis of the elites.

Scots reject independence from Britain

STEVEN ERLANGER and ALAN COWELL 3:56pm Voters in Scotland rejected independence from Britain with 55.4 per cent against.

Killers of British tourists in Thailand have likely fled island

Hannah Witheridge and David Miller.

LINDSAY MURDOCH 4:24pm The killers of two British tourists are likely to have fled a Thai resort island amid false police leads, a contaminated crime scene and the distraction of veiled criticism of one of the bikini-wearing victims by Thailand's military ruler.

US seeks to curb dangers of antibiotic resistance

Growing problem: chicken farmer Craig Watts with a handful of Perdue antibiotic feed in Fairmont, North Carolina. Medical experts say antibiotics in animal feed are contributing to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that affect public health.

Sabrina Tavernise 3:36pm The Obama administration has announced measures to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, a public health crisis that takes at least 23,000 lives a year in the US.

US to give $59 million in new aid to Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko appeals to the US Congress for support of his strategy in handling Russian-backed separatists.

Steve Holland 3:27pm Military aid will not include lethal weaponary but will assist Ukraine in demining and mortar fire detection.

Murder and curfew as UN sets up emergency mission to fight Ebola

A Nigerian man has his temperature tested at Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos. Millions of Muslims across West Africa are preparing for the annual Haj pilgrimage to Mecca, as fears over the spread of the Ebola virus grow.

Kelly Gilblom 3:27pm Sierra Leone has ordered its six million people to stay in their homes for three days while volunteers conduct a house-to-house search for victims in hiding.

Suspect arrested on arson charge in massive Northern California fire

A helicopter drops water on the King fire in Pacific House, north-east of the Californian capital Sacramento.

Veronica Rocha 3:04pm A 37-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the massive King fire in Northern California that exploded in size overnight and now threatens thousands of homes.

Stolen Jaguar car found after 46 years

US Customs and Border Protection, public affairs liaison chief, Lee Ann Harty, shows a 1967 Jaguar XKE convertible that was stolen 46 years ago to the original owner, car collector Ivan Schneider, via video conference.

2:44pm Ivan Schneider had given up on finding his luxury Jaguar stolen in 1968, until it was recovered on a cargo ship destined for Holland.

'Happy' singers in Iran get suspended sentences, lawyer says

3:06pm Six Iranians arrested for appearing in a video singing along to the American pop song Happy were given suspended sentences of 91 lashes and six months in prison for obscene behaviour, a news website quoted their lawyer as saying.

No charges for teacher tweeting she wanted to 'stab some kids'


Chris De Benedetti 2:39pm A teacher whose Twitter messages expressed violent thoughts about students will not be charged with a crime, police said.


Regulators agree on Google's right to refuse "right to be forgotten" requests

Regulators have made no mention of some of the

Julia Fioretti 2:06pm European regulators have agreed on criteria for judging appeals for the "right to be forgotten", taking into account public profiles or crime for example, when search engines such as Google turn down requests to have information deleted from search results.

US Congress approves Obama's plan for arming Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama speaking after Congress voted to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels.

Patricia Zengerle and David Lawder 2:27pm The US Senate has approved President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the radical group.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby questions the existence of God


John Bingham 1:56pm London: The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, has disclosed that he questions whether God exists.

Kurds issue call to arms as Islamic State gains in Syria

Turkish soldiers stand guard as Syrians approach the border fence near the Turkish town of Suruc, opposite the Syrian town known as Ayn al-Arab in Arabic and Kobani in Kurdish.

Tom Perry 1:19pm Kurdish fighters issue call to arms and plea for world's help as Islamic State advances on key crossing between Syria and Turkey.

Fight against Islamic State puts independence on backburner for Kurdish militants

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter holds a position on the front line in the Gwer district, 40 kilometres south of Erbil.

RUTH POLLARD 2:17pm As militants closed in around the Kurdish capital last month, prompting panicked families to flee and exposing just how stretched the region's Peshmerga forces were, it was clear the dream of an independent Kurdistan would be put on hold once more.

US 'communicating' with Iran over Islamic State but being rebuffed


PAUL MCGEOUGH 12:26pm Washington has been "communicating" with its arch-enemy Tehran, but so far its advances have been spurned.

Multiple fatalities, including children, in Florida shooting

Officials walk along NW 29th Terrace near the scene of a shooting on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 in Bell, Fla. (AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Matt Stamey)

2:36pm A man has shot and killed his daughter and six grandchildren in the small north Florida town of Bell, in what authorities have called a murder-suicide, according to media reports.

For Benny Wenda, Scottish vote is a chance to dream

Benny Wenda flies the West Papuan flag in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle.

NICK MILLER 2:09pm One man is in Scotland to see the kind of referendum he wants for West Papua. "This campaign is about my life," he tells Nick Miller.

Live: Scottish independence referendum result

Scotland's future ... A young girl has yes stickers placed on her face in George Square, just a few hours before polling stations will close in the Scottish independence referendum in Glasgow, Scotland.

Chris Zappone, Lisa Visentin, Sophia Phan 3:43pm Scotland is holding a referendum on whether it should exit the United Kingdom. Follow all the news as it develops.

Fear and hope as Sierra Leone braces for three-day Ebola lockdown

Medical personnel inside a clinic taking care of Ebola patients in the Kenema District on the outskirts of Kenema, Sierra Leone.

Umaru Fofana 2:54am Sierra Leone's government says extreme measures are needed to try to contain the world's worst outbreak of Ebola on record but many fear it will bring more hardship to a nation that is already one of the poorest on earth.

California Governor Brown declares state of emergency for northern counties as wildfires rage

Jim Taylor hugs lifelong friend, Mary Mazzoni, in in Weed, California. Taylor's home was one of three on his street that survived the Boles Fire.

Joseph Serna 2:06am California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for two Northern California counties overwhelmed by wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and hundreds of homes.

British journalist John Cantlie purportedly shown in IS video

British photojournalist John Cantlie.

1:09am A man identified as British journalist John Cantlie has purportedly appeared as a captive of Islamic State militants in a video posted by the organisation's supporters online.


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