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Time to test the ties that bind as Scotland votes on future of the Union

Nick Miller In a battle of the heavyweights, the gloves are off as former British prime minister Gordon Brown pounds his point in favour of the Union and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond delivers his...

Scotland's faultlines: what the Yes and No camps think of their country's future

Pro-independence supporters gather at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

Dara Doyle, Ben Sills and Svenja O'Donnell Scotland is divided on critical issues about the country's future. We take a look at the positions of the Yes and No camps.

Iran: Islamic State beheadings a concern for mankind

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Iranian president denounces ISIL's beheading of innocent people, saying it violates Islamic principles.

DNA tests clear suspects of murdering British tourists in Koh Tao, Thailand

Hannah Witheridge and David Miller, British tourists killed in Thailand.

Lindsay Murdoch Twelve people questioned over the slayings of two British tourists on a Thai resort island have been cleared as suspects following DNA tests, police say.

Israel frees jailed US boy, places him under house arrest

Tariq Abu Khedair, with his mother, after his release from jail.

An Israeli judge has released from jail and placed under house arrest a 15-year-old American of Palestinian descent whose apparent beating by Israeli police has drawn US concern.

South Sudan plans to ban foreign aid workers despite fears of famine

A child suffering from malnutrition is treated at a medical camp in March run by Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Rick Noack Without international staff, aid work in South Sudan will suffer, an Australian agency warns.

Russia places region near Sochi on counter-terrorism alert as six found dead in cars

A Russian Cossack lights a candle near a photo of Russian police sergeant who was killed in a suicide bomb blast at the city's main railway station in the southern Russian city of Volgograd on January 4.

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Russia began a counter-terrorism operation in a southern province that borders the Krasnodar region, where the Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi in less than a month, after...

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Searching for refuge in a land where there are no safe places

Ruth Pollard in Jabal Akrad, northern Syria

Ruth Pollard AS THE night-time temperature in Syria drops closer to freezing and the rains begin, it is difficult to imagine how those who have barely survived without electricity, water or enough food this year...

Elegant tribute places twin towers victims together side by side

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Jon Swaine Around a reflecting pool, a unique September 11 memorial unites families, friends and colleagues.

Ng's defiance places China on defensive

John Garnaut In Guangzhou LATE on Thursday night Matthew Ng dropped his head to his hands and sobbed uncontrollably as defence lawyer Chen Youxi's closing submission reached its climax.

We looked in the wrong places, says Pakistan

Asif Ali Zardari.

Ben Doherty, Khudayar Khan In Islamabad PAKISTAN has said it was an ''intelligence failure'' it had no idea Osama bin Laden was living on its soil, but few in international intelligence believe no one in the government and military...

Mother places girl in front of oncoming train

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A woman's bid to avoid paying a train fare nearly cost her the life of her daughter in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Scottish independence vote: will Gordon Brown's speech save the Union?

Former British prime minister Gordon Brown addresses a rally in Glasgow ahead of the referendum.

Nick Miller It was a battle of the barnstormers overnight, as the heavyweights of the Yes and No campaigns pulled out all the rhetorical stops for the final bout of the Scotland independence referendum.

Gaffe-prone Joe Biden strikes again

Vice President Joe Biden gestures during a speech to mark the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation, on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Sean Sullivan Vice-President Joe Biden's Wednesday kicked off with an acknowledgment that he had used a "poor choice of words." By day's end, he had put foot in his mouth again. Twice.

Obama stresses US forces to have no 'combat mission' in Iraq

No combat role: President Barack Obama speaks at US Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

Nick O'Malley Barack Obama has against declared he would not commit ground troops to battle against Islamic State militants as the US House of Representatives backs his plan to arm and train Syrian rebels.

Xi Jinping puts Chinese tourists' instant noodles on etiquette menu on overseas trip

President Xi Jinping arrives in the Maldives, where he told Chinese tourists to eat less instant noodles and more local seafood.

Adam Taylor A lighthearted request by the Chinese President for tourists to cut back on noodle snacks while overseas comes as Maldives luxury hotels limit hot water in rooms.

Q and A on Scottish independence

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Heath Gilmore How did things get to this point? Who's winning? All your questions about Scottish independence answered.

Heavyweights deliver last-minute pitches to sway Scotland's vote for independence

Former British prime minister Gordon Brown

Nick Miller It was a battle of the barnstormers overnight, as heavyweights of the Yes and No campaigns pulled out all the rhetorical stops for the final sprint of the Scotland independence referendum.

Gaelic speakers will hear the result of the Scottish referendum first

Thomas Penny Yes or no? Those who speak Gaelic will know first, before the result is translated into English.