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Voting is underway in Scotland on whether the country should stay in the UK or become an independent nation.

Voters will answer "yes" or "no" to the referendum question: "should Scotland be an independent country?" A historically high turnout is expected with 97% of the electorate registered to vote, Votes will be cast at 2,608 polling places across the country while result is expected early tomorrow. Ballot papers will be counted in each of Scotland's 32 local authority areas. After votes have been tallied, the counting officer in each area will communicate the result to the chief counting officer Mary Pitcaithly in Edinburgh. With her approval they will then make a declaration of the result. Once the results from all 32 local authority areas are known, MS Pitcaithly will declare the result of the referendum at the royal highland centre outside Edinburgh.


Indian and Chinese leaders pledged to resolve a long-running border dispute.

At a briefing after formal talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Beijing is committed to working with New Delhi to maintain "peace and tranquility" until the border issue could be settled. The two countries have long been embroiled in a bitter dispute over their border, with both sides accusing soldiers of crossing over into the other's territory. Earlier Chinese President Xi Jinping attended a ceremony in New Delhi and was welcomed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee. Xi is on a three-day visit which started with his arrival in the western city of Ahmedabad on Wednesday where China and India signed three agreements to boost trade and set up industrial park in Gujarat. Xi said cooperation between India and China would benefit the people of both countries.


The U.S. House of representatives voted to approve President Barack Obama's plan to arm and train Syrian rebels , a major part of his campaign to "degrade and destroy" the militants.

The house approved the measure authorizing the training plan until Dec. 11 by a vote of 273-156. While it was passed with bipartisan support, it was opposed by significant numbers of democrats and republicans. House minority leader Nancy pelosi also made a point to state that the policy would not open the door to U.S. Combat troops on the ground. The measure is attached to a stopgap spending spill also expected to pass the house. The legislation must be passed by the senate before it can be sent to Obama to sign into law.


Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told troops heading to the United Arab Emirates to join a coalition against Islamic state, that their mission was both "just and necessary".

Abbott was speaking at royal Australian air force base in northern new South Wales Abbott said there was a "serious risk from a terrorist attack" days after Australia raised its national terror threat level to "high" for the first time. Abbott had previously said a 600-strong force comprising some 400 Airforce personnel and 200 special forces soldiers would be deployed to a u.s. Military base in the united Arab emirates


Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, announced today that they will deploy military forces and fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates to assist an international force in the fight against I.S. In the Middle East.

The announcement was made following the release of a video by I.S purporting to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines. He said, the beheading of a British aid worker is further demonstration that this particular terrorist group does not just do evil but exults in doing evil. He further said, this is not just an international security situation, but it is a domestic security situation. As now the Australian government has been considering how best to respond to the I.S movement at home and abroad.


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