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Scottish referendum live: first result brings gloom to yes camp

Rolling coverage of the results of the Scottish independence referendum as they come in, with reaction and analysis of the vote that could lead to Scotland leaving the United Kingdom*YouGov predicts 54% no, 46% yes- details*Salmond not expected to attend his local count*Record turnouts recorded*Voting day as seen by you*Scottish referendum explained for non-Brits*What happened while

Scottish referendum: all over bar the smiling

Scottish Labour party members show they are confident the no campaign squeezed its way over the lineScottish independence referendum results and reactions liveShortly before 10pm a posse of senior Scottish Labour party members marched briskly through the media centre for the Edinburgh referendum count. It wasn't the speed that was remarkable; despite weeks of deep cleaning, the Royal Highland

Ig Nobels: British researchers take coveted science humour prize

UK researchers reveal people who habitually stay up late are, on average, more self-admiring, manipulative and psychopathicThe nation can hold its head up high. Once again, researchers in Britain have been honoured with that most coveted of scientific awards, the Ig Nobel prize.Not to be confused with the more prestigious and lucrative prizes doled out from Stockholm next month, the Ig Nobel

Rents rise to all-time average high of £761 a month in August

Rents rose 2.4% in the year to August across England and Wales, with some 8% of rents paid late or not at all in the monthPrivate sector rents have risen to a new all-time average high of £761 a month as the peak season for tenants snapping up new homes gets under way, a major lettings network has reported.Rents rose 2.4% in the year to August across England and Wales, meaning they have edge

Senate approves Obama's plan to arm and train Syrian rebels

Budget bill is passed overwhelmingly despite impassioned speech from Senator Rand Paul calling for restraintSenators gave their tacit blessing to President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting the Islamic State (Isis) on Thursday, overwhelmingly passing a budget bill that also grants him authority to arm and train rival Syrian rebel groups. Despite attempts by Senator Rand Paul to separate the

Scottish referendum: poll suggests nation has voted against independence

Sterling reaches two-week high against US dollar, as YouGov survey shows pro-union side leading with 54% of the voteLive coverage of the Scottish referendum result Continue reading...

US Senate passes bill to authorise arms and training for Syrian rebels

Although Senator Rand Paul volubly opposed the bill, spending legislation passed 78 to 22 with bipartisan support*House of Representatives approves bill to arm Syrian rebelsSenators gave tacit blessing to president Barack Obamas strategy for fighting the Islamic State on Thursday, overwhelmingly passing a budget bill that also granted him authority to arm and train rival Syrian rebel group

Wish I Was Here review Zach Braffs annoying Manic Pixie Dream life

Zach Braff populates his film with a whole family of stock characters in horribly indulgent quirky-by-numbers fashionYouve heard of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, that stock character from relationship comedies, pioneeringly identified by film writer Nathan Rabin: shes bubbly, scatterbrained, pretty-but-not-too-obviously-sexy and there to make the sensitive male lead gain some emotional literacy.

Scottish independence referendum: voting day as seen by our readers

Sixteen year olds voting for the first time, Catalans in Scotland to offer their solidarity, and an undecided dog. Our readers take on voting day - and you can still add your images Continue reading...

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Bodies found after Ebola health workers go missing in Guinea

Team spreading awareness of deadly virus set upon by angry residents in remote villageThe prime minister of Guinea said that seven bodies had been found after a team of health workers went missing during a push to raise awareness of the outbreak of Ebola which started in the country nine months ago.Witnesses said the team were set upon by angry residents in the remote village of Womey, where

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga review Gaga is a wonder

(Interscope)These two Italian-Americans have more in common than you would think. Both have been immersed in jazz from childhood Gaga, many will be surprised to learn, won a jazz competition at school and share a reverence for the Great American Songbook. But its Gaga who will benefit most from this album, which has the pair finding joyous common ground as they swing through 11 standards. She h

Metropolitan police agrees payout over alleged race-discrimination case

Nordell Edmondson given apology and damages after seven officers were accused of assaulting him in Edgware in 2011The Metropolitan police has agreed to pay £120,000 in damages in an alleged race-discrimination case where seven officers were accused of assaulting a black motorist.Nordell Edmondson, who was pulled over by police while driving to buy nappies for his daughters, claimed he was st

Scotland decides: millions of voters pour into polling stations

From the very old to the very young, voters make the most important and far-reaching political decision of their lifetimes Continue reading...

England may make bid to stage Euro 2028 championship, says Greg Dyke

FA chairman says we might well bid for 2028 Wembley expected to host final stages of Euro 2020With Wembley hot favourite to be named as the venue for the semi-finals and final of the Euro 2020 tournament on Friday, the Football Association chairman, Greg Dyke, has hinted that the FA will bid to host the full tournament eight years later.Only England and Germany, who put forward the Allianz

Alibaba prices IPO at $68 a share ahead of New York stock flotation

Looking to escape the lockup that would hold temporarily investors to the company, investors complicate the likely record-setting IPO *Alibaba and the 40 facts about Jack Mas company*Opinion: want to buy Alibaba? Keep quiet and pay upEarly investors in Chinese online giant Alibaba are set to sell $8bn worth of shares Friday morning, escaping the lockup that usually requires them to hold

What are your hopes for the future of Scotland?

Scotland has voted. What are your hopes for its future either as part of the union, or if it goes it alone? Share your thoughts with us and well publish a selection on the site4.2 million people registered to take part in a vote that will decide the future of their country. Ballot papers are currently being counted in schools, sports centres and town halls across Scotland. With the first decl

CIA chief: 'If I've done something wrong, I'll stand up and admit it'

John Brennan expresses frustration with Senate and media while decrying lack of trust in agency at intelligence conferenceThe director of the Central Intelligence Agency expressed frustration with his Senate overseers and the media on Thursday, even as he and his fellow heads of US intelligence agencies pledged to win back the trust of a skeptical American public.I certainly believe having

Oracle founder Larry Ellison resigns after 35 years as CEO

Billionaire software magnate, known alongside Bill Gates and Steve Jobs for pioneering work, cedes top post to co-presidentsBillionaire tech pioneer Larry Ellison stepped down as chief executive on Thursday, ending one of the most profitable runs for a leader in business history.Ellison has been Oracles only chief executive since he founded the company in 1977. Over 35 years Ellison, now 7

R&A decision to admit women is hailed as symbolic moment for sport

Historic decision goes through on 85% majority of votes cast 15 female figures in golf will be fast-tracked into membership Ewan Murray: R&A dragged into 21st century by yes voteThe historic and long overdue decision to allow women to become members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has been welcomed by campaigners, golfers and politicians.Many said the decision was a symbolic

Newcastle Uniteds Alan Pardew accuses critics of mass hysteria

Manager determined to front it out at bottom-of-table club Newcastle fans ensure anti-Pardew hostility for visit by Hull Pardew tells Newcastle players to stand and deliverAlan Pardew has described the extreme hostility he is facing from many Newcastle United supporters as mass hysteria and maintains it is exerting a detrimental effect on his players.Those fans seem determined to oust Pard

Louis van Gaal will succeed at Manchester United, says Arjen Robben

Dutchman has worked with Van Gaal for club and country He will get them back in Champions League, says RobbenLate Boateng goal stuns Manchester CityArjen Robben has backed Louis van Gaal to get Manchester United back into the Champions League next season.The Dutchman was a 76th-minute substitute in Bayern Munichs 1-0 win over Manchester City in Wednesday evenings opening Group E match in B

Andy Murray will play for GB in Davis Cup whatever outcome of Scottish vote

Murray has always stressed pride in representing Britain The vote doesnt change anything in that regardAndy Murray has confirmed he will play for Great Britain in the Davis Cup match against the United States next March whatever the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum.The world No11 broke his silence on the subject with a tweet in the early hours of Thursday morning backing a Ye

How to follow the Scottish independence referendum from the US

The revolution will be televised, but our live blog and interactive will meet the needs of the whole non- and post-colonial world*Follow our live blog for results from Scotlands independence referendum*Ten ways the Scottish referendum is like the American revolution and three ways it isnt Continue reading...

Scotland independence referendum: with no exit poll isnt there a democratic deficit?

The absence of an exit poll means well be robbed of a post-vote analysis of how this momentous referendum was decided*Follow our live blog for results from Scotlands independence referendumAnyone whos sat up watching the TV on election night knows theres a pattern to how things go: before the polls close, early in the evening, broadcasters assiduously say as little as possible to avoid bre

Texas mother's murder conviction overturned in salt poison case

Hannah Overton, convicted of murder after her foster child died of salt poisoning, wins in court of criminal appeals after years in prisonA mother found guilty of murder after her foster child died of salt poisoning has had her 2007 conviction overturned by the Texas court of criminal appeals.Hannah Overtons attorneys are now seeking to expedite confirmation that the decision is final so s

NFLs Wembley success could lead to a permanent London team

Official NFL games at Wembley have been going on for eight years and organisers think there could be a market for an English franchise NFL system makes their game excitingPress your ear to the ground and you may be able to hear the rumble, that now distinct sound of hulking Americans with big plays and even bigger shoulder pads coming across the Atlantic. Yes, it is that time again when summer

Everton 4-1 Wolfsburg: Europa League as it happened

Everton romped to a handsome win against Wolfsburg to get their Europa League campaign under way in supreme style Continue reading...

Rory McIlroys break before Ryder Cup is right approach, says Des Smyth

No1 to recharge batteries after eight tournaments in 10 weeks Vice-captain said: You can go stale a rest clears your mind Memory Lane: Ryder Cup in picturesRory McIlroy is right to take a complete break from golf in the week before the Ryder Cup to avoid going stale, according to Europes vice-captain Des Smyth.McIlroy admitted he had been unable to muster the energy to win the Tour Champio

Everton easily beat Wolfsburg in first Europa League match of campaign

Evertons traditional Z-Cars anthem was rudely interrupted by the Europa League theme tune before kick-off, but the teething troubles went no further for Roberto Martínezs men against Wolfsburg. Goodison Park hosted a display of clinical efficiency on its first European night in five seasons. Everton have returned with clear intent.The final scoreline suggests a comfortable nights work for the


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