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  • Pro-Union supporters celebrate following the announcement of referendum polling results during a 'Better Together' event in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 19, 2014. Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond on Friday conceded defeat in his party's campaign for independence from the rest of the United Kingdom, after all but one result from the historic referendum was declared.  AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN        (Photo credit should read Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)
    September 19, 2014   BY Nora Daly 

    Scottish citizens awoke today — if they ever went to bed at all — to the news that their country will remain part of the United Kingdom. A record-breaking 85 percent of registered voters turned out at the polls Thursday to cast their ballots for or against independence, the Associated Press reports. This included a number of voters under the age of 18 — the referendum was the first time individuals as young as 16 were permitted to vote on a major matter of state in the United Kingdom. The majority of residents, 55 percent, voted against independence, while 45 percent voted for it. Continue reading

  • A voter leaves a polling station in Peebles, Scotland on Thursday, the day of the independence referendum. After months of campaigning, the people of Scotland got to decide the fate of their homeland. Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
    September 19, 2014   BY Larisa Epatko 

    Updated at 3:30 a.m. EDT Friday | Scots voted to stay in the union with England, following Thursday’s historic referendum. Continue reading

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    September 18, 2014  

    In our news wrap Thursday, a British freelance journalist appeared in a propaganda video by the Islamic State. Hostage John Cantlie criticized the failure to prevent the killing of three other hostages by the militant group and indicated he would make more statements on their behalf. Also, Scottish citizens voted on a referendum over whether to break away from the United Kingdom. Continue reading

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    September 17, 2014  

    On the eve of Scotland’s historic vote for independence, it’s still unclear whether 4 million projected voters will decide to stay with the United Kingdom or break the union. Gary Gibbon of Independent Television News follows both campaigns for a look at their last chance to sway undecided Scots, while Dan Rivers talks to voters in the Highlands. Continue reading

    September 15, 2014  

    Scots are poised to decide whether to stay in a 307-year union with England or strike out on their own. The latest polls show a Scottish referendum on independence could go either way. From London and the British Houses of Parliament, there have been pleas to stay and warnings to choose carefully. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

    September 15, 2014  

    Gwen Ifill speaks with retired Col. Derek Harvey, a former Army intelligence officer, and Steven Simon, a former National Security Council staff member, about the challenges for the U.S. in establishing a coalition to fight the Islamic State extremists. Continue reading

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    September 10, 2014  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, the Russian Navy test-launched a new intercontinental ballistic missile that can hold 10 nuclear warheads. Meanwhile, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko told his cabinet that the majority of Russian forces have left eastern Ukraine. Also, monsoon floodwaters have engulfed towns in the Kashmir region of the northern Himalayas. Continue reading

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    September 8, 2014  

    In our news wrap Monday, the World Health Organization says that many thousands of new cases of Ebola are expected in the coming weeks in Liberia, origin country of more than half of all cases to occur so far in the West African outbreak. Also, hundreds of American children have fallen ill with a severe respiratory illness that causes heavy coughing and fever. Continue reading

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    July 4, 2014  

    A British court sentenced the former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid to 18 months in jail for his role in a phone hacking scandal. The practice of reporters hacking into the cellphones of private individuals in search of news became widespread under Coulson’s editorship. Andy Davies of Independent Television News reports. Continue reading

  • The ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT)
    June 22, 2014   BY William Gansa 

    The European Extremely Large Telescope will produce images 15 times sharper than those of the Hubble Telescope, and collect light faster than any other optical or infrared telescope. Continue reading

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