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Nepal approves PDA for 900MW Upper Karnali project

After much deliberations and delay Nepal has finally approved the project development agreement (PDA) of the 900 MW Upper Karnali project to be developed by India’s GMR Group.

IS group posts video of captive British journalist

The Islamic State group released a video Thursday of a British freelance photojournalist, John Cantlie, in which he says he is being held captive.

Yes or No, Edinburgh hotels and bars win big in Scottish vote

Scotland's independence vote is too close to call, but the owners of hotels, pubs and restaurants are already jubilant as thousands of journalists and tourists descended on the ancient streets of Edinburgh.

Scotland independence: Close fight between ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ camps, UK's fate on knife edge

Scotland voted in a referendum on Thursday to choose whether to end the 307-year-old union with England. Polling booths closed at 10:00pm local time Thursday, and the counting of ballots began with the result expected in the early hours of Friday. Will the 307-year-old Union end in divorce?

Texas executes woman who starved child to death

Texas, which has put more inmates to death than any other US state, on Wednesday executed child killer Lisa Coleman, one of only a handful of women on death row.

Obama and US lawmakers turn up heat on IS

Barack Obama and US lawmakers ratcheted up the pressure on the Islamic State Wednesday, with the president declaring there was no hiding place for the jihadists and warning: "Our reach is long."

Scottish referendum a ‘torpedo’ to European integration?

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday branded moves for independence such as those in Scotland and Spain’s Catalonia region a “torpedo” to European integration.

Makeover for policymaking

Here are the major foreign policy implications in case Scots choose to break away from the United Kingdom:

Indians have a say but can’t swing it

Some of the voting arrangements for the referendum are unique. The voting is restricted to people living in Scotland, which means the large number of Scots living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, or abroad, will not have a say on the issue of independence.

In home of Stone of Scone, battle lines drawn between families

Few places are as important in Scottish history as Scone, where no less than 42 of the country’s kings were crowned. But like the rest of Scotland, this quiet corner of rural Perthshire is split down the middle on independence vote.

US Fed won't change rates now, to end bond-buying

The US Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced it would end its bond-buying scheme in October, but will leave the interest where it is now, near zero, for “considerable time”.

Scotland independence referendum: Will 307-year-old Union end in divorce?

Residents of Scotland will decide on Thursday whether they want to break away from the UK. Successive opinion polls and betting trends suggest a photo finish. Whatever the result, most agree that the UK will never be the same again. Road to referendum

Clashes in B’desh as top Islamist’s sentence reduced

Bangladesh’s highest court on Wednesday commuted the death sentence on a top Islamic preacher, triggering angry protests by both his Islamist supporters and secular opponents and clashes with police.

Scotland braces for historic independence vote

The campaign for Scotland's independence referendum went down to the wire on Wednesday ahead of a knife-edge vote that will either see Scotland break away from the United Kingdom or gain sweeping new powers.

Nigeria says 70 dead in building collapse

Seventy bodies have been recovered from the rubble of a collapsed church building in Lagos but remain unidentified, a Nigerian official said on Wednesday, questioning South Africa's assertion that 67 of the victims had come from there.
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