Wife gets tape of hostage husband's pleads

HOSTAGE: Alan Henning pictured with one of his captors.

Ukraine rebels plan vote

Unrest: Pro-Russian rebels with a heavy machine gun in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine.

Pro-Russian rebels defiantly announce they will stage their own elections in just six weeks.

Queen 'purred' after Scotland vote

Scotland also wishes to remain under the rule of the Queen, who has asked Scots to "think very carefully about the future" - a comment most have interpreted as a vote to keep the union intact.

British Prime Minister lets slip details on conversation with Queen after Scotland vote.

UK panda no longer pregnant

Tian Tian the giant panda relaxes at Edinburgh Zoo.

Britain's only female giant panda has suffered a failed pregnancy, her second in two years, Edinburgh Zoo says.

Vienna still struggles with Freud

Vienna's Freud museum attracts some 75,000 visitors every year.

Even before Sigmund Freud fled Hitler on the Orient Express from Vienna in June 1938, the father of psychoanalysis and his ideas about sex, dreams and cocaine divided opinion in the Austrian capital.

Pope denounces extremists video

Security for Pope Francis' visit to Albania was unusually tight.

Pope Francis denounces extremists around the world who are ‘‘perverting’’ religion to justify violence.

Pope heads for Albania

HOLY VISIT: Pope Francis in on a trip to Albania.

The Pope is off to Albania for a packed one-day visit that will spotlight the country as a model of inter-religious harmony.

Trouble on Glasgow streets

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond announces in Edinburgh that he will resign.

British relief over the Scottish people's decision to reject independence has given way to squabbling.

Paris tries to stop 'love locks'

Thousand of padlocks clipped by lovers are seen on the fence of the Pont des Arts bridge earlier this year.

Officials are trying to save a bridge from lovers who have been attaching padlocks to it.

Nazi gas chambers found

Recently uncovered bricks of a former gas chamber are seen inside the perimeter of a Nazi death camp in Sobibor.

Hundreds were murdered in the gas chambers at a time, archaeologists have been excavating the death camp in eastern Poland say.

Explosion rocks eastern Ukraine after amended cease-fire

Ukranian soldiers in Gorlivka, Donetsk.

A gigantic explosion shattered the stillness of the morning just hours after Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels signed the latest version of their cease-fire accord.

Putin will attend G20

ATTENDING: Russian President Vladimir Putin will likely attend the G20 meeting, despite calls from some for Russia to be excluded.

Russia will attend November's Leader Summit in Australia despite concern over its actions in Ukraine.

Queen calls for unity after Scotland vote

QUEEN ELIZABETH II: "Knowing the people of Scotland as I do, I have no doubt that Scots ... are able to express strongly held opinions before coming together again in a spirit of mutual respect and support."

Queen Elizabeth II has urged people in the United Kingdom to come together "in a spirit of mutual respect and support" after Scots voted against independence.

Pro-independence leader Alex Salmond resigns

ALEX SALMOND: "We lost the referendum vote but Scotland can still carry the political initiative. Scotland can still emerge as the real winner."

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond says he will step down from his post and as leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) after the country voted against independence in a historic referendum.

Cheers and tears in Scotland video

"Better Together" supporters celebrate at the campaign Headquarters at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow.

Supporters of Scottish independence have broken down in tears in the streets of Edinburgh after voters rejected independence.

France carries out air strikes in Iraq on Islamists

French President Francois Hollande

French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq, successfully destroying their target.

'Sexsomnia' rape acquittal


A Swede who had sex with a woman while he was asleep was acquitted of rape because he suffers from ‘‘sexsomnia‘‘, according to a court ruling.

US pledges pledges aid for Ukraine's struggle

LANDMARK AGREEMENT: Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko shows the association agreement with the European Union.

The US pledged US$53 million in fresh aid to Ukraine for its struggle against Russia's incursion, including counter-mortar radar equipment.

UK markets swinging towards Scottish 'No'

STAY OR GO?: Should Scotland choose independence, the actual process will be long, messy, and extremely difficult.

British financial markets placed a raft of late bets that Scots would vote "No" to independence.

'Day of Destiny' as Scotland votes video

FINAL DAY: Yes supporters gather outside the Scottish Parliament building on Wednesday.

It's D-Day as the polls opened for 4.2 million Scottish voters.

Duchess to miss Malta trip

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the third in line to the throne, Prince George, during their visit to Australia this year.

Kate Middleton, who is pregnant with her second child, will not travel to Malta this weekend on doctor's advice.

Vote may change NZ's flag

A possible flag for England, Northern Ireland and Wales if Scotland leaves the United Kindgom.

If Scotland opts for independence, the Union Jack on NZ's flag might have to be changed.

Scotland vote in 18 photos gallery

Scotland currently houses all of the UK's operational Nuclear weapons, something the independence campaign has promised to do away with, prompting geopolitical fears. A Russian invasion of Scotland seems rather unlikely however, and the independence campaign wishes to keep Scotland a part of Nato - and thus defended by the United States and other nuclear powers. They also want to remain part of the UN and the EU, but opponents claim there is no guarantee this will happen.

Become an instant expert on Scotland's independence debate in 18 easy steps.

Mighty rhetoric as Scotland votes

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond campaigns for the Yes vote through Largs, Ayrshire.

Heavyweights of the Yes and No campaigns pulled out all the stops for the final sprint of the Scotland independence referendum.

Two die in Donetsk shelling

REBEL HOLD: A pro-Russian rebel inside the Vostok battalion base in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine.

Shelling in rebel-held eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk kills two people and wounded three others.

Thai police question slain Brit's roommate

Thai officers work near the bodies of David Miller and Hannah Witheridge found murdered on a Thai beach.

A British man has returned to the murder scene of two of his fellow backpackers on a scenic Thai resort island and is being questioned by police.

Scottish independence: 'No' leads

REJECTING INDEPENDENCE: Rangers fans display No Thanks posters a soccer match in Glasgow, Scotland, on Tuesday.

Three polls predict the campaign for Scottish independence will "fall agonisingly short from their perspective".

Scottish expats can't vote

SEAN CONNERY: Pro-independence champion.

The issue of whether Scots living abroad should be allowed to vote on the country's future has become a source of fevered debate.

Scots vote: Idiot's guide

YES MEANS GO:  Hundreds of Yes (pro-independence) supporters gather in George Square in Glasgow.

Become an instant expert on the Scotland independence vote with this idiot's guide.

Celebs take sides on Scotland


We take a look at where everyone - from Sir Sean Connery to JK Rowling - stands.

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