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  1. News - World - BRITAIN

    Scotland starts voting in too-close-to-call independence referendum

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 04:59am by AFP

    ... of a 307-year-old union. The first to cast a ballot in Edinburgh’s Waverley Court was a businessman who gave his name as Ron. “This is a historic day for Scotland. I’ve waited all my life for this. It’s ... “I’m really optimistic that if we do have independence, we can start building a society that works for all of us,” said 24-year-old Sam Hollick, a “Yes” activist from the Green Party ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1594965/yes-and-no-camps-mobilise-final-bid-sway-scotlands-undecided
  2. News - China - BRITAIN

    Beijing wary of Scottish vote's impact on Taiwan, Tibet, even Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 03:55am by Andrea Chen and Teddy Ng

    ... PetroChina invested US$1.015 billion in 2011 in a joint venture operating oil refineries in Scotland and France. Su Hao, a professor with China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, said China would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1595615/beijing-wary-scottish-votes-impact-taiwan-tibet-even-hong-kong
  3. News - World - BRITAIN

    Fate of Britain in Scots' hands as polls open in independence referendum

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 04:32am by AP, Reuters, AFP

    ... the break-up would be a "painful divorce" full of economic risks. US President Barack Obama said he hoped Britain would remain "strong, robust, united". Associated Press, Reuters, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1595622/fate-britain-scots-hands-polls-open-independence-referendum
  4. News - World - BRITAIN

    Nurse's death following radio station's prank call ruled suicide

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 07:20pm by Reuters

    ... Australia to attend the inquest at London's High Court. In a statement, she said to the nurse's family: "My thoughts continue to be with you. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. ... on her mind," said coroner Fiona Wilcox, giving her suicide ruling. On Thursday, the court heard that the hoax call was followed by four more calls to the hospital from the 2Day FM station ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1591080/nurses-death-following-radio-stations-prank-call-ruled-suicide
  5. News - World - BRITAIN

    Harry Potter vs James Bond: celebrities take sides in Scottish debate

    Posted Sep 14th 2014, 07:19am by AP

    ... and very patronising". Alan Cumming flew in from his Broadway run in Cabaret last week to hit the pro-independence campaign trail. "It's an historic moment for us all. We now have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1591780/harry-potter-vs-james-bond-celebrities-take-sides-scottish-debate
  6. Property - International - BRITAIN

    Britain's housing prices stagnate

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 04:43am by Reuters

    ... of US$2.10 to a 2009 low of US$1.36, the pound/US dollar rate has remained relatively constant between US$1.50 and US$1.70. Knight Frank expects that the rate will remain below a high of US$1.75 up to the end of the fourth quarter of 2015. A strengthening in the pound much above US$1.80 would begin to weaken the attraction of British property for investors, and could begin to encourage profit ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1588770/britains-housing-prices-stagnate
  7. News - World - BRITAIN

    British markets spooked by Scottish referendum poll result

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 03:01am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in London British markets spooked by Scottish poll result British financial markets tumbled yesterday after an opinion poll showed for the first time this year that Scots may vote for independence in a referendum next week that would see the break-up of the United Kingdom. Sterling fell more than 1 per cent- its biggest one-day drop in 13 months- to US$1.6141, long-dated government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1588246/british-markets-spooked-scottish-referendum-poll-result
  8. News - World - BRITAIN

    Scottish independence vote sparks larger debate on Britain’s future

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 10:16pm by AFP

    ... powers for Scotland's parliament if the referendum is rejected, as indicated by all the opinion polls so far. Other parts of the union could say "us too". First among these would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1586079/scottish-independence-vote-sparks-larger-debate-britains-future
  9. News - World - BRITAIN

    British parents of brain tumour boy taken from hospital arrested in Spain

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 04:44am by AFP

    ... "neglect" but added: "That does not necessarily mean they would be charged with that offence. "It purely gives us the power to arrest and then we'll be able to speak to them." ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1582351/british-parents-brain-tumour-boy-taken-hospital-arrested-spain
  10. News - World - BRITAIN

    Ankle-tags pilot scheme will monitor binge drinkers in London

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 08:55pm by GDN

    ... used for more than a decade in the US. Under a 2012 law, courts are able to order offenders to abstain from alcohol for up to 120 days. Guidelines on the tags suggest offences ... The "sobriety tag" scheme was launched by London Mayor Boris Johnson, who visited the magistrates court in Croydon, one of the areas to test the technology, along with Lambeth, Southwark ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1564372/ankle-tags-pilot-scheme-will-monitor-binge-drinkers-london

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