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U.S. sanctions military officers on both sides of South Sudan conflict

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States imposed sanctions on two military officers on opposite sides of the ethnic violence in South Sudan on Thursday in a demonstration of U.S. frustration that fighting has continued despite two ceasefires. Thousands have been killed and more than 1 million have fled their homes since December in South Sudan, the world's newest state, when fighting erupted between troops backing President Salva Kiir and soldiers loyal to his sacked deputy, Riek Machar. The U.S. ...

U.N. to deploy Ebola mission as death toll reaches 2,630

Health workers wearing protective clothing prepare to carry an abandoned dead body presenting with Ebola symptoms at Duwala market in MonroviaBy Michelle Nichols and Elizabeth Pineau NEW YORK/PARIS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Thursday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a "threat to international peace and security" as the death toll hit 2,630 and France became the latest Western nation to step up its support. French President Francois Hollande announced the deployment of a military hospital to the remote Forest Region of southeastern Guinea, where the outbreak was first detected in March. ...


UK PM Cameron says Scottish independence issue settled 'for a generation'

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday that the question of Scottish independence had been settled "for a generation" after what he called a clear vote by Scots to stay part of the United Kingdom. Cameron, whose own job would have been on the line if Scots had voted in favour of independence, said the result paved the way for a new balanced constitutional settlement for all of Britain, including England, and that draft laws granting Scotland new powers would be published by January. "The debate has been settled for a generation ... ...

China's Li Na retires over knee injuries

China's Li Na with her Australian Open trophy in Melbourne on January 25, 2014Wuhan (China) (AFP) - China's Li Na announced her retirement at the age of 32 over persistent knee injuries on Friday, prompting a wave of adulation for Asia's greatest and most influential tennis player.


Cameron says Scottish independence issue settled 'for a generation'

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks in front of 10 Downing Street, in central LondonLONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday that the question of Scottish independence had been settled "for a generation" after what he called a clear vote by Scots to stay part of the United Kingdom. Cameron, whose own job would have been on the line if Scots had voted in favour of independence, said the result paved the way for a new balanced constitutional settlement for all of Britain, including England, and that draft laws granting Scotland new powers would be published by January. "The debate has been settled for a generation ... ...


Brazil's Rousseff gains on Silva ahead of October election: poll

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff gestures during a news conference at the Alvorada Palace in BrasiliaBRASILIA (Reuters) - President Dilma Rousseff has gained support among Brazilian voters and is almost even with opposition candidate Marina Silva, suggesting the runoff that should decide next month's presidential election is too close to call, according to a new poll on Friday. The Datafolha survey showed Silva with 46 percent voter support compared with 44 percent for Rousseff in a simulation of the expected second-round runoff. The gap has narrowed to two percentage points from four in the previous survey and is a statistical tie because it is within the poll's margin of error. ...


UK leader pledges to honor promises to Scotland

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to live up to commitments to Scotland made ahead of the independence vote, including plans for new powers on tax, spending and welfare.

PM Cameron says Scots nationalists to join devolution talks

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to members of the media at Downing Street in LondonLONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday the Scottish National Party (SNP) would join talks on transferring further powers to Scotland after voters rejected independence. "I've just spoken to (SNP leader) Alex Salmond, congratulating him on a hard-fought campaign. I'm delighted the SNP will join talks on further devolution," Cameron said on Twitter. (Reporting by Andrew Osborn and Kylie MacLellan; editing by William Schomberg)


UK PM Cameron says Scots nationalists to join devolution talks

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday the Scottish National Party (SNP) would join talks on transfering further powers to Scotland after voters rejected independence. "I've just spoken to (SNP leader) Alex Salmond, congratulating him on a hard-fought campaign. I'm delighted the SNP will join talks on further devolution," Cameron said on Twitter. (Reporting by Andrew Osborn and Kylie MacLellan; editing by William Schomberg)

Salmond concedes defeat, demands more Scottish powers fast

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond conceded defeat on Friday over his bid to win independence and demanded the British government rapidly meet its promise of more powers for Edinburgh. "Scotland has by a majority decided not at this stage to become an independent country. I accept that verdict of the people," Salmond told independence supporters in the Scottish capital. ...

Results suggest Scots reject independence

An official reacts as counting continues in the Scottish Independence Referendum at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment - and the rest of the United Kingdom held its breath - after voters turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum that could end the country's 307-year union with England. (AP Photo/David Cheskin)EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Voters in Scotland turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum and with most votes counted Friday, results suggested a strong wish to keep Scotland's 307-year union with England.


Scottish nationalist chief says fell narrowly short

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - A leader of Scotland's independence campaign effectively conceded defeat on Friday after a historic referendum. "Like thousands of others across the country I've put my heart and soul into this campaign and there is a real sense of disappointment that we've fallen narrowly short of securing a yes vote," Nicola Sturgeon, deputy leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party, told BBC Television. With most regional results now declared, a Reuters calculations put support for staying in the United Kingdom at 54 percent. ...

Australia puts armed police in parliament after more threats

Australian Federal Police officers detain a suspect in Sydney during the country's largest ever counter-terrorism raid on September 18, 2014Sydney (AFP) - Australia announced Friday the deployment of armed police inside parliament in the face of threats from extremists after foiling a plot by Islamic State jihadists for "demonstration executions" in the country.


Factbox: Scotland's referendum - how the votes are adding up

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Votes are being counted from Scotland's independence referendum with most of the first tallies expected to come from the smaller councils. Announcements from the big cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen are expected only around 0400 GMT. The referendum will be decided by a simple majority, meaning the 'yes' and 'no' campaigns are seeking to get more than 50 percent of the votes cast. Below are details of counts which have been declared so far and the councils for which results have yet to be announced. ...

Scots support staying in the United Kingdom: partial results show

Supporters from the "No" Campaign react to a declaration in their favour, in Glasgow, ScotlandEDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scottish voters have spurned independence by voting to stay in the United Kingdom, partial results showed with more than 60 percent of the votes declared. Reuters calculations based on the partial results showed Scottish support for staying in the United Kingdom on 54 percent versus 46 percent for declaring independence. (Reporting by Alistair Smout and Angus MacSwan, writing by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Mike Peacock)


Alec Baldwin passionate about green energy

NEW YORK (AP) — Alec Baldwin says he is passionate about green energy. And he's hoping next week's United Nations climate summit brings home to Americans that the United States has fallen behind other countries in promoting wind and solar power.

Pound hits two-year high against euro on Scotland results

The euro tumbled to 0.7809 pounds in early Tokyo trade, down from 0.7882 pounds and its lowest level since July 2012Tokyo (AFP) - The British pound surged to a more than two-year high against the euro Friday, while it also rallied against the dollar as early results suggested Scotland will vote against independence from the United Kingdom.


Mexico rights body probes deadly army-gang faceoff

In this Sept. 15, 2014 photo, a woman who did not want to give her name for fear of reprisals, lays out the clothes of her late 15-year-old daughter Erika Gomez Gonzalez, on a bed at her home in Arcelia, Mexico. The woman says she witnessed her child's death when army soldiers fired first at an armed group at a grain warehouse on June 30 in the town of San Pedro Limon, Mexico. She said one man died in the initial shootout, when the rest of the gunmen surrendered on the promise they would not be hurt. She recalls that her daughter, who was face down in the ground with a bullet in her leg, was rolled over while she was still alive and shot more than half a dozen times in the chest. The mother said she arrived to the warehouse the day before the shooting, in an attempt to take her daughter home, but gang members wouldn't let her. (AP Photo/Eduardo Castillo)ARCELIA, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's Civil Rights Commission says it is investigating the circumstances of a June confrontation between the army and a suspected drug gang that left 22 people dead.


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