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  • Sides in Scottish referendum make final push

    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — The two sides in Scotland's independence debate scrambled Tuesday to convert undecided voters, with just two days to go until a referendum on separation. The pitch of the debate has grown increasingly shrill as both sides make their oft-repeated claims and promises...

  • Scotland took long road to independence vote

    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — On Calton Hill, overlooking Edinburgh, stands Scotland's National Monument. A colonnade of classical stone pillars modeled on the Parthenon in Athens, it's grand, inspiring — and unfinished, ever since the money to build it ran out two centuries ago. It's a fitting...

  • An independent Scotland: A high-taxing, free-spending declining oil state

    Without oil and its big financial sector employers, Scottish taxes would become too burdensome for high tech and good-paying industries, and those would ultimately leave, too.

  • McCain concerned about Scottish independence

    The Arizona Republican said a major reason he is concerned is that he believes Great Britain is the most important military and intelligence ally the United States has, according to the Financial Times.

  • A Scottish 'Yes' also means exit from EU, NATO

    BRUSSELS (AP) — If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe's postwar prosperity and security — the European Union and the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance. In breaking away from the...

  • British boy gets first proton treatment in Prague

    PRAGUE (AP) — British boy Ashya King underwent his first proton beam therapy session for a life-threatening brain tumor in Prague on Monday, a week after the 5-year-old boy was flown here from Spain. Ashya's case caused an international uproar after his parents removed him from an English...

  • Queen encourages Scots to 'think very carefully' before independence vote

    Queen Elizabeth II had previously said the issue was one for the people of Scotland to decide.

  • Britain to do 'whatever it takes' to stamp out Islamic State, Cameron says

    But the British prime minister said he does not intend to put troops on the ground in either Iraq or Syria.

  • Snowden leaks again: NSA, UK taps Germans' computers, phones

    Intelligence officials in the U.S. and Britain can secretly get information from individual computers and smartphones in Germany, a leading German publication says, citing information from American leaker Edward Snowden.

  • 'New' Scots vote crucial to independence result

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — On the south side of Glasgow, in the heartland of Scotland's Asian community, support for independence from the United Kingdom is strong as Thursday's referendum nears. Colorful displays of Yes posters outnumber those backing the Better Together campaign. Talk on the...

  • Most conservative British lawmakers reject man-made climate change, poll finds

    A full 53 percent of Conservative members of parliament said the scientific consensus that humans are driving climate change hasn't been confirmed, a revelation that could cloud British Prime Minister David Cameron's appearance at a United Nations-hosted climate summit.

  • Eying Scotland, Spain Catalans seek secession vote

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Catalans energized by Scotland's upcoming independence referendum protested Thursday for a secession vote aimed at carving out a new Mediterranean nation in what is now northeastern Spain. The events illustrated how the Scottish vote in just one...

  • Yes camp winning battle of ads Scotland campaign

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — When the campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom launched a recent TV ad, the spot went viral — but for all the wrong reasons. In a kitchen, a woman complains that while her husband can't stop talking about the independence referendum, she doesn't have time to...

  • UK leader rushes to fend off Scottish independence

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The British political establishment descended on Scotland on Wednesday to plead for a united United Kingdom, after polls suggested the once-fanciful notion of Scots voting to break from Britain has become a real possibility in next week's referendum. The leaders of the...

  • Britain and France secure EU's top economic jobs

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain and France have secured two top positions on economic and financial policy-making in the new European Commission as the 28-nation bloc's executive arm seeks to revive anemic growth and fight unemployment. Former French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici, who has long...



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