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Scotland votes 'No' to independence  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:22:00 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
France has carried out its first air strikes against IS militants in Iraq, the French presidency says, joining the US in military action against the group. 
GSK fined $490m by China for bribery  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:28:01 GMT
China fines UK pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline $490m (£297m) for bribery and its former head of Chinese operations is given a suspended jail sentence. 
Sierra Leone begins Ebola lockdown  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:41:28 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 move after Scotland vote  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:47:07 GMT
Catalonia's President Artur Mas is to comment on the Scottish referendum result as he prepares his region for a similar vote in November. 
Iran Happy dancers to be 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. 
China tennis star Li Na retires  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:41:07 GMT
China's sporting hero Li Na announces her retirement from tennis at the age of 32, citing injury problems. 
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: 'Home of golf' accepts women members  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:16:05 GMT
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews has voted to accept women members for the first time in its history. 
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