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International - Thursday 18 September, 2014

‘Day of Destiny’: The UK newspapers on Scotland’s vote for independence

‘Don’t leave us this way’ writes The Mirror.

Will Scotland end its 307-year-old union with England? The polls are open…

Polls suggest the result is too close to call.

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International - Wednesday 17 September, 2014

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford diagnosed with rare and aggressive cancer

Ford had been admitted to hospital last week.

From The Daily Edge Chinese court rules that a woman’s virginity is worth $5000 Virgin Territory

Chinese court rules that a woman’s virginity is worth $5000

A Chinese woman received the sum after suing a man for “violating her right to virginity”.

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From The Daily Edge Kay Burley caught calling Scottish campaigner a “knob” on Sky News INDY REF

Kay Burley caught calling Scottish campaigner a “knob” on Sky News

She also said they were “campaigning for England”.

From The Daily Edge 13 signs the Scottish #indyref hysteria has reached a ridiculous level Aye Or Nae

13 signs the Scottish #indyref hysteria has reached a ridiculous level

Can’t we all just have a sensible discussion?

Here’s how police and the public can use social media to solve a crime in a few hours

Twitter users teamed up last night to catch suspects in a homophobic attack in Philadelphia

Thai PM questions if ‘tourists in bikinis’ are safe after murders

“Can they be safe in bikinis… unless they are not beautiful?,” Thailand’s military ruler said.

Obama says the Ebola crisis is ‘spiralling out of control’

The American president ordered 3,000 US military personnel to West Africa to combat the growing health crisis.

From Business ETC Sony smartphones not so clever any more Struggling

Sony smartphones not so clever any more

Company predicts massive losses after writing off more than €1 billion in worthless goodwill for its mobiles.

93-year-old former Auschwitz guard charged with 300,000 crimes

Oskar Groening is accused of managing money and property stolen from victims.

On eve of Scottish referendum, polls suggest the pro-union vote will clinch it

Both sides have one more day of campaigning before the public go to the polls tomorrow.

International - Tuesday 16 September, 2014

Boeing and SpaceX to build new spacecraft for ISS astronauts

SpaceX is headed by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk.

Robbers target archbishop by accident… then abandon stolen crucifix

The items they stole were made of metal, and not gold.

Israel claims it was hit by mortar fired from Gaza

The attack is the first since a 26 August ceasefire.

In pictures: Raging wildfires engulf homes in California

Hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate.

Video: Angry mob throws Ukrainian MP into bin

Then throws a tyre at him. As you do.

From The Daily Edge Someone stole an autistic man’s birthday money… so police raised €1,000 as a surprise present Good Guy Cops

Someone stole an autistic man’s birthday money… so police raised €1,000 as a surprise present

They’ve also arrested a suspect after thousands of people viewed the crime on YouTube.

Two die in 150-car pileup in the Netherlands A58

Two die in 150-car pileup in the Netherlands

Several people are seriously injured following the crash, which occurred in heavy fog.

From Business ETC Cook: Apple has no interest in gathering user data Security

Cook: Apple has no interest in gathering user data

The Apple CEO said that Apple’s business is ‘not based on having information’ about its users and that government agencies don’t have back door access to its servers.

Ukrainian rebels have been offered very limited self-rule

It comes as Ukraine and the EU ratify an association agreement that Poroshenko called the first step towards EU membership.

Suicide bomber kills three NATO soldiers near US embassy in Afghanistan

NATO hasn’t yet released the nationalities of the victims.

Three men arrested over the murder of British tourists on Thai beach

The two people, both in their 20s, were found beaten to death early on Monday morning.

US bombs Islamic State near Baghdad for first time

Last week Obama ordered a “relentless” war against the Islamic State.

Obama orders 3,000 US troops to West Africa to ‘turn the tide’ on Ebola

The current outbreak has killed 2,400 people so far.

Will Elizabeth II still be Queen of Scots if the ‘Yes’ vote triumphs?

Separatists say it will be up to the people to decide but there are questions about how secure the monarchy would be after independence.

International - Monday 15 September, 2014

Countries to support Iraq by “any means necessary” against Islamic State

30 diplomats met today in Paris on the issue.

Belgium has agreed to “mercy kill” a convicted rapist

The convict says that he has “unbearable psychic suffering”.

Two British tourists murdered on Thai island after beach party

The two were found with head wounds in the popular resort of Koh Tao.

German court puts first alleged Islamic State jihadist on trial

Prosecutors say there is no evidence he was plotting an attack in Germany.

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From Business ETC It’s official! Microsoft confirms it will buy Minecraft makers for €1.9 billion Done Deal

It’s official! Microsoft confirms it will buy Minecraft makers for €1.9 billion

The company will join Microsoft studios while its three founders, Markus Persson, Carl Manneh and Jakob Porser, are now leaving.

Column: ‘After many years of peace, Europe could be drawn into a war on its own borders’

The West needs to stop hiding behind treaties that Russia has already invalidated, writes John O’Donnell.

Fears for 500 on sunken boat as two Palestinian migrants are rescued in Mediterranean

The UN has estimated that 2,200 people have drowned crossing the seas since June.

From Business ETC The owners of Miller and Bavaria want to buy Heineken – but the Dutch are holding out HEI-NO

The owners of Miller and Bavaria want to buy Heineken – but the Dutch are holding out

SABMiller is the second-largest brewing company in the world, Heineken is third.

Nations meet in Paris to discuss how to defeat Islamic State

Representatives of 20 nations will take part.

International - Sunday 14 September, 2014

“He was a hero” – Condemnation after Islamic State beheads British hostage

David Cameron has described the killing as “an act of pure evil”.

Elderly woman in Kent fights off mugger by punching him in the mouth

The woman was walking her dog early this morning when the man grabbed her.

From The Score As it happened: Manchester United vs QPR, Premier League Minute-by-Minute

As it happened: Manchester United vs QPR, Premier League

Today’s sole Premier League game sees Manchester United host QPR.