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

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.

World powers pledge to crush ISIS threat

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.

Afghan court sentences 5 to death for gang rape

An Afghan appeals court on Monday sentenced five men to death for armed robbery and sexual assault for an attack on an Afghan family driving home from a wedding just outside Kabul.

500 migrants feared dead in Malta shipwreck

More than 700 people fleeing Africa and the West Asia may have drowned in the latest shipwrecks in the Mediterranean, bringing the death toll this year to almost 3,000, the IOM said on Monday.

Hafiz Saeed our national, free to roam around: Pak envoy

Pakistan on Monday made it clear that there was no case against designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, and he is free to roam in the country.

Rains in China kill 19, thousands evacuated

Heavy rains in China's southwest have killed at least 19 people and left 20 missing, with tens of thousands of people evacuated due to flooding, state media reported on Monday.

Pakistan militants kill three in attacks targeting police

A suicide bomber killed one policeman in Tahl, about 100 kilometres southwest of Peshawar, while two brothers of a police station chief died in a separate attack on his home in Dera Ismail Khan.

Small earthquake rattles Northern California

A small earthquake rattled parts of Northern California. The US Geological Survey reported a magnitude 3.5 quake struck on Sunday at 1:17 p.m. PDT about six miles (10 kilometres) south of Covelo in Mendocino County.

Hurricane Odile makes landfall near Mexico resort

A powerful Hurricane Odile made landfall near the Mexican resort city of Cabo San Lucas late Sunday, as authorities evacuated high-risk areas and thousands of tourists hunkered down in luxury hotels converted into shelters.

Nepal activist seeking right to secession in constitution arrested

Dr CK Raut, a PhD from University of Cambridge and a former employee of Raytheon, a US defense contractor, was arrested on Saturday evening in Morang district in eastern Nepal while returning home from a public rally.

Diplomatic push grows against Islamic State group

Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group.

All-party meet in Nepal to draft constitution

Political parties in Nepal will take part in a national conference this Tuesday to try and address contentious issues related to the country’s proposed new constitution.

Scotland referendum: Top dailies say ‘No’, but who will Murdoch support?

Leading financial and other newspapers have encouraged their readers to vote against independence in the September 18 referendum, but there is much speculation which way the Rupert Murdoch-owned ‘The Scottish Sun’ will go on the contentious issue.

British PM chairs emergency meeting over beheading video

Prime Minister David Cameron will gather some of his top security advisors on Sunday to discuss Britain's response to an online video showing the murder of an aid worker by Islamic State militants.

Paris conference aims to divide up tasks in IS fight

The international conference in Paris on Monday that gathers some 20 countries from the anti-Islamic State coalition will seek to divide up the roles between nations with often diverging interests.

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