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19th of September 2014

Has Scotland pulled back from the brink? "Early reports from the epic, day-long vote were pointing to ‘No’ in reply to the simple ballot question: ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’"

Also: Referendum results (Herald Scotland)

Toronto Star

18th of September 2014

Final opinion polls show undecided voters could swing Scottish independence vote either way "David Cameron admitted he was ‘nervous’ that the UK may be on the verge of breaking up. In the event of a Yes vote, he will face intense pressure from Conservative backbenchers to resign as prime minister."

The Independent (UK)

17th of September 2014

Why Obama is committing 3,000 troops to fight Ebola "Obama said that the US is willing to take the lead on international efforts to combat the virus. Ebola ‘is a global threat, and it demands a truly global response’."

Fact Sheet: US response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa (United States White House)


16th of September 2014

New Zealand launched mass surveillance project while publicly denying it "Documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the government worked in secret to exploit a new internet surveillance law." (Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher)

Also: NZ's prime minister isn't telling the truth about mass surveillance (Edward Snowden)

The Intercept

12th of September 2014

Oscar Pistorius found not guilty of Reeva Steenkamp's murder "However, Judge Thokozile Masipa said it was clear that his actions were ‘negligent’ and said he had ‘acted too hastily’ and used ‘excessive force’ the night Ms Steenkamp died."

The Independent (UK)

11th of September 2014

Obama lays out plan to fight Islamic State militants "President Barack Obama authorised the start of US airstrikes in Syria and expanded a monthlong bombing campaign in Iraq to ‘degrade and ultimately destroy’ Islamic militants who recently beheaded two Americans."

Also: Full text of Obama's speech (The Wire)

Wall Street Journal (possible paywall)

10th of September 2014

Britain faces constitutional crisis at next election "Ministers are under pressure to explain how they would respond if Scots vote for independence, as it emerged that Labour is on course to win the general election only because of its strong support in Scotland."

The Independent (UK)

9th of September 2014

Brushing off threats, EU votes to toughen its sanctions on Russia "European leaders on Monday endorsed an expansion of economic sanctions against Russia, but backed off putting the new measures into effect immediately."

New York Times (possible paywall)

8th of September 2014

As polls tighten, Britain promises Scots more self-rule if they reject independence "The narrowing polls have caused considerable anxiety among politicians and business leaders, raising questions about the fate of the current British government."

Comment: Dublin silence will no longer be an option if Scotland votes for independence (The Irish Times)

New York Times (possible paywall)

5th of September 2014

On Ukraine, the West sidesteps a fraught term "After four months of conflict in eastern Ukraine, few have chosen to use the “I” word to define the slow-burning war fed by a steady flow of Russian weapons and soldiers across the border."

New York Times (possible paywall)