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Sep 14, 2014

Britain’s Cameron to chair emergency meeting after hostage killed

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron is to chair a meeting of the government’s emergency response committee on Sunday to discuss an Islamic State (IS) video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.

IS militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released the video on Saturday. Reuters could not immediately verify the footage, but the images were consistent with those of the filmed executions of two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, in the past month.

Sep 14, 2014

Cameron to chair emergency meeting after hostage killed

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron is to chair a meeting of the government’s emergency response committee on Sunday to discuss an Islamic State (IS) video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.

IS militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released the video on Saturday. Reuters could not immediately verify the footage, but the images were consistent with those of the filmed executions of two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, in the past month.

Sep 13, 2014

Fate of United Kingdom hangs in balance after new Scotland polls

EDINBURGH, Sept 13 (Reuters) – The fate of the United
Kingdom remained unclear five days before a historic referendum
on Scottish independence as three new polls on Saturday showed a
slight lead for supporters of the union, but one saying the
separatist campaign was pulling ahead.

On the final weekend of campaigning, tens of thousands of
supporters of both sides took to the streets of the capital
Edinburgh and Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. Rival leaders
worked across the country to convince undecided voters.

Sep 13, 2014

Rupert Murdoch says Scotland is alive with debate ahead of independence vote

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch visited Scotland on Saturday, praising the country of 5 million people for being alive with debate ahead of a independence vote that could break apart the United Kingdom.

Murdoch, whose global media interests stretch from movies to newspapers that claim to turn elections, gave no hint of whether his Scottish Sun newspaper, the country’s most popular newspaper, would openly back unionists or secessionists before next Thursday’s vote.

Sep 13, 2014

Scottish independence battle draws ‘day of reckoning’ warning to business

EDINBURGH, Sept 13 (Reuters) – The campaign battle over
Scottish independence took a bitter turn on Saturday when a
senior nationalist warned businesses such as BP that they
could face punishment for voicing concern over the impact of
secession.

With the fate of the United Kingdom on a knife edge, the
economic future of Scotland has become one the most fiercely
debated issues less than six days before Scots decide on whether
to break away.

Sep 13, 2014

Polls put Scottish unionists a nose ahead as vote approaches

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Supporters of keeping Scotland in the United Kingdom have clawed back a tiny lead over separatists less than a week before Scots vote in an independence referendum that is balanced on a knife edge, opinion surveys showed on Friday.

A YouGov survey for The Times put Scottish unionists on 52 percent with separatists on 48 percent while a Guardian/ICM poll put unionists on 51 percent and separatists on 49 percent, excluding those who said they did not know how they would vote.

Sep 12, 2014

Support for Scots’ independence slips behind with days to go -poll

EDINBURGH, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Supporters of keeping
Scotland in the United Kingdom have clawed back a 4 percentage
point lead over separatists, a YouGov poll showed on Friday,
with less than a week to go before Scots vote in a referendum on
independence.

The YouGov survey for The Times and Sun newspapers put
Scottish support for the union at 52 percent versus support for
independence at 48 percent, excluding those who said they did
not know how they would vote.

Sep 10, 2014

British PM begs Scots: Don’t rip apart our UK ‘family of nations’

EDINBURGH/LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron begged Scots on Wednesday not to rip apart Britain’s “family of nations”, visiting Scotland in an attempt to stem a steep rise in secessionist support ahead of a Sept. 18 referendum on independence.

In a sign of new panic in the British ruling elite over the fate of the 307-year-old union, Cameron and opposition leader Ed Miliband scrapped their weekly question-and-answer session in parliament to speak at separate events in Scotland.

Sep 10, 2014

Cameron begs Scots: Don’t rip apart our UK “family of nations”

EDINBURGH/LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron begged Scots on Wednesday not to rip apart Britain’s “family of nations”, visiting Scotland in an attempt to stem a steep rise in secessionist support ahead of a Sept. 18 referendum on independence.

In a sign of new panic in the British ruling elite over the fate of the 307-year-old union, Cameron and opposition leader Ed Miliband scrapped their weekly question-and-answer session in parliament to speak at separate events in Scotland.

Sep 9, 2014

Cameron heads to Scotland as independence campaign gathers steam

EDINBURGH/LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron implored Scots on Tuesday not to vote for independence in next week’s referendum after an opinion poll showed a surge in support for a break from the United Kingdom.

Cameron pledged to do everything he could to keep the United Kingdom together and said he would head north to Scotland to join the fray.