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Scotland votes 'No' to independence 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:29:13 GMT 
    Scotland votes to stay in the United Kingdom and First Minister Alex Salmond accepts defeat but calls for a pledge of more devolved powers to be honoured.


French launch first strikes on IS 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:01:00 GMT 
    President Hollande says France has carried out its first air strikes against IS militants in Iraq, joining the US in military action against the group.


Google, Apple to encrypt by default 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:55:04 GMT 
    Google and Apple commit to encrypting users' data by default, to protect against hackers and the requests of law enforcement agencies.


GSK fined $490m by China for bribery 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:28:01 GMT 
    China fines UK pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline $490m for bribery and gives a suspended jail sentence to its China head.


Sierra Leone begins Ebola lockdown 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:39:58 GMT 
    A three-day curfew begins in Sierra Leone to enable health workers to find and isolate cases of Ebola, but critics warn it will achieve little.


Catalan leader praises Scotland vote 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:29:11 GMT 
    Catalonia's President Artur Mas says Scotland's independence referendum has "shown the way" for Catalonia, which will continue its bid to split from Spain.


Pro-gay mosque opens in Cape Town 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:36:41 GMT 
    A Muslim academic opens a gay-friendly mosque in South Africa, despite receiving death threats and criticism from parts of the Muslim community.


Iran Happy dancers ordered lashed 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:14:36 GMT 
    Six Iranians arrested for filming a video tribute to Pharrell Williams' song Happy are sentenced to 91 lashes and jail terms, their lawyer says.


Eight dead in Florida house shooting 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:36:07 GMT 
    A grandfather shot dead his daughter and her six children before taking his own life at a home in Bell, Florida, police say.


Australia boosts parliament security 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:44:28 GMT 
    Security is being upgraded at the Australian parliament following "chatter" suggesting extremists could target it for attack, the PM says.


Japan to restart whaling programme 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:22:10 GMT 
    Japan vows to restart its Antarctic whaling programme next year despite an International Whaling Commission vote that the hunt is illegal.


Clashes in Yemen capital Sanaa 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:18:40 GMT 
    Fighting between Shia rebels and Sunni militias in Yemen escalates, with clashes on the outskirts of the capital, prompting airlines to suspend flights.


VIDEO: Fancy a look inside Downing Street? 
  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:51:56 GMT 
    Some Westminster landmarks normally closed to the public, including Downing Street, will be open this weekend.


VIDEO: California 'King fire' doubles in size 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:31:41 GMT 
    Thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes in northern California after a wildfire burning out of control doubled in size in just 12 hours.


VIDEO: US jet in emergency landing 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:12:04 GMT 
    A JetBlue airlines A-320 flying over California has been forced to make an emergency landing when an engine problem caused smoke to enter the aircraft's cabin.
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