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Millions in historic Scottish vote
Voting on whether Scotland should stay in the UK or become an independent nation enters its final stages, with polls to close at 22:00 BST (21:00 GMT).
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:09:15 GMT
-Video of British hostage released
A new video is released showing a British man, identified as journalist John Cantlie, believed to be held hostage by Islamic State militants.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:00:17 GMT
-R&A votes to accept women members
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club votes in favour of allowing women members for the first time in its 260-year history.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:34:19 GMT
-Alice suspect is convicted murderer
A man wanted in connection with the disappearance of schoolgirl Alice Gross was convicted of murdering his wife in Latvia, police reveal.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:54:05 GMT
-Women convicted of 'pyramid scheme'
Six women are convicted of running a "pyramid scheme" in south-west England and south Wales in which thousands of people lost money.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:31:51 GMT
-No DNA matches in Thai murder probe
Thai police admit they are struggling to find the killers of two British tourists, after it emerged crime scene DNA did not match that of any suspect.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:14:40 GMT
-Ukraine president urges US support
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko calls on the US to provide military assistance to his country to counter pro-Russian eastern separatists.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:47:02 GMT
-NHS staff vote for strike action
NHS workers in England have voted in favour of striking over pay.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:08:43 GMT
-Clash over car tax disc changes
Motorist organisation, the RAC, and the DVLA have clashed over the policing of car tax with claims of increased evasion amid changes to the system.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:03:18 GMT
-Briton killed in Santorini incident
A British man has been killed in an incident on the Greek island of Santorini, the Foreign Office confirms.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:50:57 GMT
-Archbishop admits 'doubts about God'
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says he sometimes has doubts in his belief in God, he tells the BBC.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:30:21 GMT
-VIDEO: Survivor on Lagos hostel collapse
A man who was in the church hostel in Lagos which collapsed has credited a table with saving his life.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:36:23 GMT
-VIDEO: Archbishop of Canterbury: 'I doubt'
In an interview with BBC Bristol presenter Lucy Tegg, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, admits he sometimes has doubts about God.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:04:47 GMT
-VIDEO: London hosts Turner and Constable shows
Rivals in life, two of Britain's greatest painters William Turner and John Constable, are the subjects of major exhibitions in London.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:02:19 GMT
-VIDEO: Assange on his 'difficult situation'
The BBC's John Simpson speaks to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on his new book and his continued refuge at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:56:17 GMT
-VIDEO: Why are there so many blackberries?
It has been a bumper year for edible plants and berries according to The Woodland Trust, who say this autumn could see the best fruit crop since records began.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:37:32 GMT
-AUDIO: Sumner on 'shock' of Ian Curtis death
New Order's Bernard Sumner says the death of Joy Division bandmate Ian Curtis turned his world "upside down".
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:37:47 GMT
-VIDEO: 'Far-right backlash' to Islamic extremism
A senior Home Office advisor has told the BBC that Islamic state extremism and the Rotherham abuse scandal are fuelling a far-right backlash in the UK.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:19:36 GMT
-VIDEO: Jeremy Vine's guide to Scotland vote
Jeremy Vine breaks down the council areas in Scotland that will decide the referendum result.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:52:24 GMT
-Pleas for British hostage - the papers
The Scottish independence referendum is covered on most front pages. However, the BBC is reporting only factual accounts of the election throughout polling day.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:23:04 GMT
-VIDEO: TV forecaster breaks endurance record
Eli Kari Gjengedal has broken the world record for continuous weather presenting, with 33 hours on screen.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:47:47 GMT
-VIDEO: Police appeal after art theft attempt
Birmingham Police have asked for help to identify a man caught on CCTV attempting to take a piece of art from a city centre gallery.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:02:56 GMT
-Struggling Fulham sack boss Magath
Fulham sack boss Felix Magath following their poor start to the season and appoint Kit Symons as caretaker manager.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:45:01 GMT
-Red Bull Salzburg 2-2 Celtic
Celtic are twice pegged back by Red Bull Salzburg in their Europa League Group D opener in Austria.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:51:58 GMT
-FA chief Dyke to return £16,000 watch
Football Association chairman Greg Dyke is returning a £16,000 watch given to him by the Brazilian Football Confederation.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:33:15 GMT

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-No faith in a common presidential candidate :JVP
JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said today that his party had no faith in a common candidate at the forthcoming Presidential election.

-Lankan who went to India for Spanish Visa missing
W. Francis Washington Fernando, a 60-year-old Sri Lankan had gone missing while he was in New, Delhi, India to acquire a Spanish Visa, a family member said today.

-MR hands over 1mn surgical gloves to WHO
President Mahinda Rajapaksa today handed over one million surgical gloves to the World Health Organisation (WHO) as Sri Lanka's contribution toward the global effort in combating the Ebola outbreak in Africa.

-3000 TN fishermen go on indefinite fast
Thousands of fishermen along with their family members from 63 fishing hamlets in the district on Thursday commenced an indefinite fast demanding the authorities to initiate immediate action for getting the release of 23 fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy.

-Video: Fuel price reduction an election gimmick: UNP
While claiming that the announcement of a reduction in fuel prices and electricity tariffs was an election gimmick, UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said today that the government could in fact reduce the prices of petrol by Rs. 24 a litre, diesel by Rs. 15 and kerosene by Rs. 35 if the tax imposed on them was reduced by 50%.

-Sendil admitted to hospital in Colombo
The UPFA Uva Provincial Council candidate Sendil Thondaman, who was injured in an accident in Bandarawela last night, was admitted to a Private Hospital in Colombo, police said today. VIDEO

-Smuggling attempt foiled by Customs
Two Chinese and two Sri Lankans were arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this afternoon while attempting to smuggle "Walla-Patta" logs and gold slabs worth Rs.28.5 million and Rs.10 million respectively, Customs spokesman Leslie Gamini said.

-Lankan ISI agent under NIA custody
A special court on Wednesday granted six days custody of suspected ISI agent Arun Selvarajan to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The judge, however, dismissed a petition by CBI to include it as a party in the investigation.

-Uva campaign worse than Southern and Western : PAFFREL
While claiming the election campaign carried out by various political parties for the Uva Provincial Council was not worse than the campaign in the North Western Province, election watchdog PAFFREL today said it was certainly worse than the Southern and Western Provincial Council election campaigns.
-BJP leaders to attend Colombo meet
Even before the dust could settle down over Indian representation at the strategic conclave of Sri Lanka, two senior BJP leaders would be participating in a global conference of Asian political parties in Colombo.

-CEB asks consumers not to panic
The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) today appealed to its nearly five million consumers not to panic when they receive the monthly electricity bill this month based on the previous tariff despite President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s announcement of a 25% tariff reduction with immediate effect.
-Pope approves Joseph Vaz as Lanka's 1st saint
Pope Francis has approved the decision by the Vatican's saint-making office to canonize the Indian born Rev. Joseph Vaz as Sri Lanka's first saint, foreign media reported.

-One killed, 24 injured in accident in Bandarawela
A 48-year-old man was killed and twenty four other people, including UPFA Uva provincial council candidate Sendil Thondaman were injured in an accident in Bandarawela this evening, police said.
-India's CBI to grill Selvarajan for LTTE links
Days after the arrest of Arun Selvarajan by National Investigating Agency (NIA) and reports about his alleged connections with politicians, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought permission from a court to quiz the Sri Lankan national about his possible links with the LTTE.

-Fuel price reduction not sufficient: LPBOA
Lanka Private Bus Owners' Association (LPBOA) President Gemunu Wijeratne said today the three-rupee price reduction on diesel was meant to deceive the people and that it would in no way be helpful to the people.
-Teenager knocks down two
A 16-year-old boy of a private school in Colombo was arrested after he knocked down two students of the Kelaniya University in Hunupitiya last night.

-Kaththi producers deny links with Rajapaksa family
The producers of actor Vijay’s soon-to-be-released film Kaththi issued a clarification about what they termed a misinformation campaign by some vested interests against the production company. There had been allegations that the company had business links with Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

-China to search wreckages of Chinese ships off SL waters
Sri Lanka and China yesterday agreed to search for wreckage of Chinese Admiral Zheng He’s fleets (15th century) off the Coast of Sri Lanka.

-Martin Crowe faces renewed cancer battle
The former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe remains upbeat despite news his cancer, diagnosed nearly two years ago, has returned.

-Minor tremor in Siyambalanduwa
A minor tremor measuring 2.1 Richter scale was reported from Athimale, Siyambalanduwa in Monaragala this morning, Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) said.

-Video: Illicit fags worth Rs.100mn seized
The Customs Revenue Task Force (RTF) today seized 4 million sticks of cigarettes valued at Rs.100 million shipped from Hong Kong, Customs Spokesman Leslie Gamini said.
-France happy over continuation of RSF case
The French Embassy said yesterday it was pleased to know that the case on the killing of 17 aid workers was being pursued and would like to encourage the Attorney General’s Department in this endeavor.

-Gotabaya praises CMC
Defence and Urban Development Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday praised the Colombo Municipal Council for cooperating with the UDA in carrying out development projects and faulted some other local government bodies for not providing the necessary support to do so.

-People can still make election free and fair- Karu
The United National Party (UNP) said yesterday that it was not too late for the voters of Uva, the public servants, police and security forces to make Saturday’s provincial council election free and fair.


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