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World

Whiskey woes
Great Scot! Independence vote may up Scotch prices

alcohol

As part of UK, Scotland has access to its overseas missions where it sells its single malt, uses the stable pound sterling as currency, gets tariff-free export within EU and uses the bloc to negotiate trade and tax deals globally.

Experts hopeful of better ties with neighbours

The festering border dispute, China’s close ties with Pakistan, the Tibetan factor, the yawning trade deficit, the notion that India could gang up against China with US and Japan, and the perceived lack of mutual trust between the two countries: the problems between India and China are worrying.

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US closer to hitting ISIS in Syria

Barack Obama

The US is moving closer to conducting airstrikes against ISIS in Syria with President Barack Obama set to review, and likely to approve, a plan put up to him by his military leaders.

Traffickers 'laughed' as they capsized boat to drown 500 refugees

Italian Navy migrants
Survivors of the most deadly migrant shipwreck in years have described the horrifying moment traffickers capsized their boat and left them to drown, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday.

Typhoon hits southern China, heads to Vietnam

Typhoon
China's National Meteorological Center said the storm was expected to send winds of 137 to 144 kilometers per hour (85 to 90 mph) over southern mainland China.

US to assign 3,000 from military to fight Ebola

Ebola
The Obama administration is preparing to assign 3,000 US military personnel to West Africa to combat the Ebola outbreak that has overwhelmed local health care systems and drawn appeals for help from the region and aid organizations.

Three NATO soldiers killed in Kabul suicide car bomb

Afghan police
A Taliban suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a NATO convoy close to the US embassy in Kabul on Tuesday, killing three soldiers and wounding at least 13 Afghan civilians.

Scottish referendum: Media caught in crossfire as D-day nears

Scotland flag
The pro-independence campaign has accused the BBC of becoming the ‘British Biased Corporation’ for allegedly favouring the ‘No’ campaign that wants Scotland to remain the United Kingdom, a charge that spilled over to journalist groups and others.

Kiev ratifies landmark EU pact

Ukraine presidential election
Ukraine’s parliament ratified an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the European Union on Tuesday, and passed legislation to grant autonomy to the rebellious east as part of a peace deal.

Passengers eject Pakistani politicians out of plane for causing delay

Rehman Malik
Angry passengers on board an Islamabad-bound Pakistan International Airways (PIA) flight from Karachi forced two prominent Pakistani politicians off the plane accusing them of holding it for more than two hours.

Islamic State shoots down Syrian war plane

Iraq
Islamic State fighters shot down a Syrian war plane using anti-aircraft guns on Tuesday, the first time the group has downed a military jet since declaring its cross-border caliphate in June, a group monitoring the civil war said.

Area north of Tokyo hit by magnitude 5.6 quake

A symbolic image of an earthquake
An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 5.6 shook buildings in eastern Japan, including the capital Tokyo, on Tuesday but there were no immediate reports of damage.

Xi wins Malé’s backing for ‘maritime silk route’

China and Maldives on Monday announced that they would cooperate on security issues as visiting President Xi Jinping also extracted an assurance from his Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Yameen to actively take part in his pet project, the 21st century maritime ‘silk road’.

World powers pledge to crush ISIS threat

Barack Obama
An international coalition took shape in Paris on Monday with 29 countries coming together against the ISIS. Monday's conference came just a day after the militant group released a video of the beheading of a British aid worker.
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