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    • David Cameron makes emotional plea to Scotland as independence vote looms
      Prime minister warns yes vote on Thursday will end UK ´for good, for ever´ and deprive Scotland of shared currency

      David Cameron has spelled out to the people of Scotland the stark costs of a "painful divorce" from the rest of the United Kingdom as a poll showed nearly two-thirds of voters in England and Wales objected to the idea of sharing the pound.

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    • US steps up campaign against Isis with air strike near Baghdad
      Obama administration expands operations against Islamic State with attack south-west of Iraqi capital

      American warplanes have returned to the skies near Baghdad in the latest expansion of the US war against Islamic State (Isis).

      For the 162nd air strike since 8 August, US fighter jets attacked an Isis position that US Central Command said was firing on Iraqi security forces. Unlike its 161 predecessors, the attack occurred "south-west of Baghdad", broadening the newest US battlefield.

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    • Four British institutions ranked in top five of world´s universities
      Cambridge University and Imperial College ranked joint second, with Oxford and UCL claiming joint fifth place in QS rankings

      The top 200 university rankings in full

      Improvements in research have seen Cambridge University and Imperial College London surpass Harvard University in the latest authoritative annual ranking of the world´s top universities, published on Tuesday, with four British institutions in the top six.

      The QS ranking of world universities, regarded as the most rigorous of its type, places Imperial and Cambridge as second equal, behind only the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the international stage in 2014, thanks to a year of impressive citations measured by QS´s survey of academic output.

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    • British tourists murdered in Thailand
      David Miller, 24, from Jersey, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, from Great Yarmouth, found dead on island of Koh Tao

      Two young British tourists who met while backpacking have been murdered after partying on a beach at a popular island resort in southern Thailand.

      David Miller, 24, from Jersey, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, from Great Yarmouth, were found half-naked with several deep wounds to their bodies near a beachside bungalow on the island of Koh Tao, Thai police said.

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    • Climate change report: prevent damage by overhauling global economy
      Reducing emissions can generate better growth than old high-carbon model, says co-author of report, Lord Stern

      The world can still act in time to stave off the worst effects of climate change, and enjoy the fruits of continued economic growth as long as the global economy can be transformed within the next 15 years, a group of the world´s leading economists and political leaders will argue on Tuesday.

      Tackling climate change can be a boon to prosperity, rather than a brake, according to the study involving a roll-call of the globe´s biggest institutions, including the UN, the OECD group of rich countries, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and co-authored by Lord Stern, one of the world´s most influential voices on climate economics.

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