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Polls Open In Historic Scottish Independence Vote
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EDINBURGH, Scotland, Sept 18: Polls have opened across Scotland in a referendum that will decide whether the country leaves its 307-year-old union with England and becomes an independent state.

More than 2,600 polling places will be open Thursday from 7 a.m. (0600GMT, 2 a.m. EDT) until 10 p.m. (2100GMT, 5 p.m. EDT).
Scotland's Independence Vote Puts UK Union On Edge
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LONDON, Sept 18: Breaking up is hard to do, especially after 307 years. The entire United Kingdom will find out just how hard if Scotland chooses independence in Thursday´s vote.

WHAT´S AT STAKE

A Yes vote will trigger 18 months of negotiations between Scottish leaders and London-based politicians on how the two countries will separate their institutions ahead of Scotland´s planned Independence Day of March 24, 2016. The issues range from whether Scotland will use the pound as its currency to how much U.K. debt it should take on to how the military will be split up — and the results will affect all of the U.K.´s 64 million people, not just the 5.3 million in Scotland. A Yes vote will also ripple across the 28-nation European Union and NATO and boost independence movements around the world, including in Spain´s Catalonia region or Flanders in Belgium.
Australian Leader Warns Of Planned Random Attack
Associated Press
SYDNEY , Sept 18: Counterterrorism raids in Sydney on Thursday were sparked by security intelligence that the Islamic State movement was planning a random, violent attack in Australia as a demonstration of its reach, the prime minister said.

Australian police detained 15 people and raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney in the country´s largest counterterrorism operation, saying intelligence indicated an attack was being planned on Australian soil.
Swedish King Involved In Car Crash, Unhurt
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Milestones Of Scots'journey To Independence Vote
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