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Polls put Scottish unionists a nose ahead as vote approaches

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - The fate of the United Kingdom remained unclear five days before a historic referendum on Scottish independence as three new polls on Saturday showed a slight lead for supporters of the union, but one saying the separatist campaign was pulling ahead.<p>On the final weekend of …

Boko Haram commander reportedly killed in clash with Nigerian forces

A leading commander of Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has been killed along with 200 other militants in a rare victory for Nigeria’s armed forces, according to reports.<p>One Nigerian army officer said a feared commander known only as Amir was among the dead after a battle on Friday in Konduga …

Syria refugees attacked in Lebanon

BRITAL, Lebanon (AP) — Syrian refugee Ibrahim Abbas Ali and his family awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of gunfire outside their tent in Lebanon, and for a second time they raced off into the fields, fleeing a war that now seems to have followed them across the border.<p>The gunmen who …

Ukraine crisis: US strengthens sanctions on Russia

<b>The US government has imposed new sanctions on major Russian banks, defence and energy companies.</b><p>The measures are part of a joint effort with the European Union aimed at punishing Russia for what they say is its military intervention in Ukraine.<p>They come despite a fragile ceasefire holding in the …