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· Scots independence polls close, UK's future in the balance

A voter in Scotland's Independence Referendum, right, walks past a YES supporter as she arrives at a polling place in Edinburgh,Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Polls opened across Scotland in a referendum that will decide whether the country leaves its 307-year-old union with England and becomes an independent state.(AP Photo/David Cheskin)By Guy Faulconbridge and Angus MacSwan EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland has voted on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or break the 307-year-old union in a finely balanced independence referendum with global consequences. Its verdict should be clear around breakfast time on Friday. Polling booths closed at 2100 GMT from remote highlands and islands to the tough city estates of Glasgow with surveys suggesting Scots were almost equally divided in a vote watched closely by Britain's allies, investors and restive regions at home and abroad. ...

· British journalist purportedly shown in IS propaganda video
By Alexander Dziadosz BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Thursday that they said shows British journalist John Cantlie in captivity saying he will soon reveal "facts" about the group to counter its portrayal in Western media. The Islamic State, which controls territory in Syria and Iraq, has already beheaded two American journalists and one British aid worker in recent weeks in what it said was reprisal for U.S. air strikes against it in Iraq. ...
· Eight bodies found after attack on Guinea Ebola education team
CONAKRY (Reuters) - Eight bodies, including those of three journalists, were found after an attack on a team trying to educate locals on the risks of the Ebola virus in a remote area of southeastern Guinea, a government spokesman said on Thursday. "The eight bodies were found in the village latrine. Three of them had their throats slit," Damantang Albert Camara told Reuters. (Reporting by Saliou Samb; Writing by Bate Felix; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
· Three car bombs, mortars kill 23 in Shi'ite Baghdad districts
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three car bombs were detonated in adjacent Shi'ite Baghdad neighbourhoods on Thursday followed by a dozen mortar rounds, killing at least 23 people and wounding more than 50, security and medical sources said. Two of the bombs hit Kadhimiya and one hit the adjacent district of Tobcha, the security sources said. A mortar landed near the site of a major Shi'ite shrine in Kadhimiya and gunfire was heard in the district, they said. Bombs hit the capital on a near-daily basis but coordinated attacks of this scale have been rare in the last several weeks. ...
· UK Muslim leaders call for release of Briton held by Islamic State

An undated family handout photo of British aid worker Alan Henning taken at a refugee camp on the Turkish-Syria borderBy Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Muslim groups across Britain called on Thursday for the release of British hostage Alan Henning, a volunteer aid worker captured in Syria whose life was threatened in a recent video released by Islamic State militants. Henning was part of an aid convoy taking medical supplies to a hospital in northwest Syria in December last year when it was stopped by gunmen and he was taken away. ...

· U.N. says five peacekeepers killed, three wounded in Mali blast
DAKAR (Reuters) - The United Nations mission in Mali said five of its Chadian peacekeepers were killed and another three wounded when their vehicle was hit by an explosive device in the north of the country on Thursday. The attack brings the number of U.N. peacekeepers killed in the country this month to 10. "This incident follows many other attacks in the Kidal region in which too many UN peacekeepers have been killed or wounded," the U.N. mission said in a statement. The mission, known as MINUSMA, said the blast happened between the desert towns of Aguelhok and Tessalit, in the Kidal region. ...
· At UN, Obama to urge nations to go big on climate
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama next week is turning his sights overseas, having spent political capital fighting climate change at home.
· Top Asian News at 9:30 p.m. GMT
SYDNEY (AP) — Police on Thursday said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group. They raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney and were holding six people and have identified the suspected ringleader, officials said. Nine other people were detained but were freed before the day was over.
· NY developer to invest $108 million in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's government on Thursday announced the construction of a $108 million real estate project as the island tries to emerge from a nearly decade-long economic slump with help from U.S. investors.
· Federal appeals judge: Argentina's bullying a bank
NEW YORK (AP) — Judges on a federal appeals court panel Thursday said they suspect Argentina has gone rogue, ignoring court orders and bullying a U.S. bank to try to prevent it from obeying a court order.
· Jamaica aims to double renewable energy capacity
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Sun-splashed, wind-swept Jamaica positioned itself Thursday to nearly double the amount of electricity it generates from renewable sources.
· Seven Guineans killed in attack on Ebola workshop

People walk past a billboard about the Ebola virus in a street in Conakry, Guinea on September 8, 2014Conakry (AFP) - Seven people who were part of a team sent to educate villagers in southeastern Guinea about Ebola have been found dead after they were attacked by angry locals, the government said on Thursday.

· Good news on economy pushes stocks to record highs

Trader Patrick Forbes, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening higher a day after the Federal Reserve made clear it would keep interest rates at record lows for a while. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — More encouraging economic news and friendly signals from the Federal Reserve cheered investors on Thursday, as the stock market climbed to another record high.

· Kurds issue call to arms as Islamic State gains in Syria

Turkish soldiers stand guard as Syrians wait behind the border fences near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa provinceIslamic State fighters besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria on Thursday after seizing 21 villages in a major assault, prompting a call to arms from Kurds in neighboring Turkey who urged followers to go and help resist the group's advance. The attack on the city of Ay al-Arab, known as Koran in Kurdish, came two days after the top U.S. military officer said the Syrian opposition would probably need the help of the Syrian Kurds to defeat Islamic State. ...

· Inter and Sevilla open Europa campaign with wins

Inter Milan's Hernanes, center, controls the ball past Ruslan Rotan of Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, center left, during a Europa League Group F soccer match between Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Inter Milan at the Olympiyskiy national stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.(AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)PARIS (AP) — Three-time European champion Inter Milan opened its Europa League campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win away to Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, while defending champion Sevilla had an easier 2-0 win against Feyenoord on Thursday.

· United Nations to deploy Ebola mission in worst-affected states
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations will create a special mission to combat Ebola, deploying staff in the worst-affected states - Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone - as the U.N. Security Council declared the outbreak a "threat to international peace and security." U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he will appoint a special envoy to head the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), which will push a "rapid and massive mobilization" of people, material and financial resources. "This international mission ... ...
· Polls close in Scotland independence referendum

Voters walk outside a polling station in Edinburgh on September 18, 2014Edinburgh (AFP) - Polling booths closed in Scotland's historic referendum on independence at 10:00 pm local time (21:00 GMT) Thursday, and the counting of ballots began with the result expected in the early hours of Friday.

· Who's who in coalition to defeat Islamist extremists

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter holds a position on the front line in the Gwer district, 40 kilometres south of Arbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, on September 18, 2014Washington (AFP) - The United States is taking the lead in an international coalition aimed at repelling and defeating the Islamist extremists marauding across parts of Iraq and Syria.

· UN calls Ebola a threat to international peace
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called the Ebola outbreak in Africa "a threat to international peace and security" Thursday and urged the world to provide health experts, field hospitals and medical supplies to combat the rapidly accelerating and deadly virus.
· Ukraine president secures U.S. military aid but not weapons
By Patricia Zengerle and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko secured $53 million in assistance from the United States on Thursday but President Barack Obama for now turned down his appeals for weapons to fight Russian-backed separatists. Images of Poroshenko sitting side by side with Obama in the Oval Office and of the warm reception he received in a speech to Congress projected a symbolic show of solidarity with the Ukraine leader as he faces down Russia's incursion. ...

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