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September 19, 2014 09:47
Reuters / Cathal McNaughton
Spain, Italy, Belgium: Battle lines drawn for independence after Scottish vote
The Scots have lost their stab at independence by a tiny 10-percent margin. Analysts predicted that only a ‘yes’ vote would send waves throughout Europe, but the dire economic situation of other independence-seeking regions can’t be eclipsed so easily.
People wave Second Spanish Republic and Catalonia independence flags during an anti-monarchy demonstration in central Valencia (Reuters / Heino Kalis) Catalan president to sign decree calling for independence ‘consultation’ vote
Catalonia’s president, Artur Mas, has said he will put his signature on a decree calling for a ‘consultation’ on independence from Spain on November 9, despite Madrid deeming any potential referendum unconstitutional.
Reuters / 2Tango Throats slit: Ebola health team, journalists brutally killed in Guinea
The bodies of eight people – including three journalists – were found in Guinea after an Ebola health team came under attack two days ago, officials said. Meanwhile, the UN plans to deploy a special mission to fight the virus in the worst-hit countries.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.(Reuters / John Stillwell/) Spying and storing: Assange says 'Google works like NSA'
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange equated Google with the National Security Agency and GCHQ, saying the tech giant has become “a privatized version of the NSA,” as it collects, stores, and indexes people’s data. He made his remarks to BBC and Sky News.
Dassault Mirage 2000N aircrafts of Ramex Delta French Air Force (Reuters / Denis Balibouse) France launches first strike against ISIS in Iraq
France has conducted its first airstrike against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) militants in Iraq and destroyed their logistics depot, said authorities. The country became the first nation to join the US in military strikes against IS extremists.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.(AFP Photo / Alex Wong) US accuses Syria of chlorine gas attacks
The US claims Syrian President Bashar Assad has broken the chemical weapons treaty he agreed to earlier this year, by launching chlorine gas attacks in Syrian villages. It comes as the Senate officially approved a plan to arm and train Syrian rebels.
Reuters / Shannon Stapleton ​Global population may reach 11 billion by 2100
The world’s population may reach 11 billion by 2011 - 2 billion more than previously anticipated - largely due to high birth rates on the African continent, according to a UN-led study. Can natural resources keep pace?
Pope Francis (Reuters / Max Rossi) Hats off: Pope’s skull cap raises over $250k on eBay in less than 36hrs
A skull cap worn by Pope Francis which was put on eBay has already gathered more than $250,000 in less than 36 hours. An Italian TV host coaxed the Pope to put his ‘papalina’ to auction and donate the money to the kids of the DR Congo.
Nicolas Sarkozy (Reuters / Jean-Paul Pelissier) Sarkozy announces return to French political sphere
Former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has announced his return to the country’s political arena after being beaten by current president Francois Hollande in 2012.
Screenshot from YouTube by صحيفة حصر الإلكترونية GTA-ISIS: Militants hooking youngsters with ‘Jihad video game’ trailer
Islamic State (IS) militants have released a jihadist video game trailer in which the aim is to destroy Iraqi and US forces, Arabic media report. The game, styling itself as a Grand Theft Auto adaptation, appears specifically aimed at young people.
Reuters / Aly Song ​Jesus on toast, slippery bananas win mock Nobel Prizes
The world’s scientific community now knows exactly how slippery a banana peel is – and has showed its gratefulness to the Japanese physicists who measured it with a prestigious, if tongue-in-cheek, prize.
Murad Gazdiev witnessed the deployment of new hardware at Kotelny Island. Screenshot from RT video
Sneak peak at Russia’s ‘under renovation’ Arctic base
Kotelny Island is a nondescript piece of frigid wasteland of no particular note. Except hosting a military base-in-the-making, the first of many from which Russia plans to project its military might to and across the Arctic. RT visited with the Navy.
Image from nasa.gov NASA finds ‘monster’ black hole in tiny galaxy
The M60-UCD1, discovered by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in 2013, is one of the smallest known galaxies. But now the space agency has discovered that the dwarf galaxy is harboring a “monster” black hole.
Vladimir Yevtushenkov (RIA Novosti / Grigoriy Sisoev)
Conflicting reports over release of Russian tycoon Yevtushenkov
There are conflicting reports over the release of Russian tycoon Vladimir Yevtushenkov from house arrest. Press secretary of "AFK Sistema" co-owned by him confirmed the release, while Yevtushenkov himself and Russia's Investigative Committee deny it.

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