Ditching Monarchy Is Step Too Far for Scots Nationalists

Posted by Forexsq 1 day 19 hours ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img After Elizabeth I died childless in 1603, her closest royal relative James VI of Scotland came down to take the throne and unite the two crowns, becoming James I of England. He only went back once.

More than four centuries later, Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond says that if his campaign for independence prevails in this week’s referendum, he would keep Queen Elizabeth II, the 12th

British PM tells Scots: I would be heartbroken if you rip apart our UK 'family of nations'

Posted by Forexsq 7 days ago (http://www.reuters.com)
img Prime Minister David Cameron begged Scots on Wednesday not to rip apart Britain's "family of nations", visiting Scotland in an attempt to stem a steep last minute rise in secessionist support ahead of a Sept. 18 referendum on independence.

In a sign of new panic in the British ruling elite over the fate of the 307-year-old union, Cameron and opposition leader Ed Miliband scrapped their weekly

Scottish Independence Looms as Iceberg Moves Toward U.K.

Posted by Forexsq 9 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Scottish independence increasingly looks like an iceberg that could sink Prime Minister David Cameron’s government and the opposition Labour Party. And like the passengers on the Titanic, they never saw it coming.

Yesterday’s YouGov Plc (YOU) poll putting the Yes vote on 51 percent sparked a fresh effort from supporters of the union to urge Scots to come back from the brink. About 100 Labour l

Putin, Poroshenko Largely Agree on Ukraine Cease-Fire Steps

Posted by Forexsq 14 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko agreed on steps toward a cease-fire in Ukraine’s easternmost regions, where a bloody conflict has raged for more than five months.

Putin backs the idea of an immediate truce, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. A conversation between the two leaders resulted in an agreement on a “cease-f

Ukraine Fighting Surges as Russian-Backed Forces Gain

Posted by Forexsq 19 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Separatists in eastern Ukraine are battling government forces on two fronts near the Sea of Azov and south of Donetsk as NATO reports a surge of Russian troops and advanced equipment into the war-zone.

The U.S. and the European Union are threatening Russian President Vladimir Putin with further sanctions, even as the EU began talks in Moscow today aimed at a temporary deal with Ukraine to allo

Crisis deepens as Ukraine says Russian troops back rebel advance

Posted by Forexsq 20 days ago (http://www.reuters.com)
img Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday that Russian forces had entered his country and the military conflict was worsening after Russian-backed separatists swept into a key town in the east.

Poroshenko said he was cancelling a visit to Turkey and conferring with defense chiefs because of the "rapidly deteriorating situation" in the eastern Donetsk region, "as Russian troops have

Russian Aid Convoy Without Consent Deemed Invasion by Ukraine

Posted by Forexsq 26 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Trucks carrying humanitarian aid from Russia crossed the border into Ukraine, which said the move amounted to an invasion as the convoy moved without its consent.

Russia is invading under the cover of the aid trucks, Valentyn Nalyvaychenko, the head of Ukraine’s security council, said on TV5. More than 150 trucks entered the country without a Red Cross escort through a border checkpoint in a r

Ukraine Gains Against Rebels as Diplomacy Intensifies

Posted by Forexsq 28 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Ukraine’s armed forces said they continue to push back separatists in fighting in the country’s east ahead of a possible face-to-face meeting of the Russian and Ukrainian leaders next week.

Soldiers from Ukraine’s National Guard captured the city of Ilovaysk, leading separatists to counter-attack using tanks and artillery, the National Guard said in a statement today on its website. Nine Ukrai

Ferguson at Turning Point After Night of Relative Calm

Posted by Forexsq 28 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img The city of Ferguson, Missouri, returned to relative calm after successive nights of violence in what police said marked a turning point in the protests that followed the shooting dead of an unarmed black teenager.

Officers dispersed protesters in Ferguson last night without using tear gas for the first time in four days, Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol told reporters ea

Nixon Sends Missouri National Guard Into Ferguson

Posted by Forexsq 30 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Missouri Governor Jay Nixon ordered the state National Guard to restore peace after a third straight night of violence in the St. Louis suburb rocked by protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer.

Nixon’s decision came after organized groups attacked police officers with firearms and gasoline bombs last night, leading police to fire a barrage of tear gas into th

Maliki Resigns as Iraq's Prime Minister to Make Way for Abadi

Posted by Forexsq 33 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said he has agreed to leave office and clear the way for his designated successor to take over.

The move ends a political impasse and may enable Prime Minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi to pull together a more inclusive government better able to counter Islamist militants advancing in the country’s north, and to heal sectarian and ethnic rifts threatening t

Ukraine accuses Russia of cynicism over convoy; death toll rises sharply

Posted by Forexsq 35 days ago (http://www.reuters.com)
img Ukraine denounced Russia's dispatch of a humanitarian aid convoy now advancing towards the border as an act of unbounded cynicism serving pro-Russian separatists, and the UN said the death toll in fighting had doubled in the last two weeks to over 2,000.

Kiev said the trucks would not be allowed to pass.

"First they send tanks, Grad missiles and bandits who fire on Ukrainians and then they

Russia sends big aid convoy to Ukraine, West sounds warnings

Posted by Forexsq 36 days ago (http://www.reuters.com)
img A Russian convoy carrying food, water and other aid set off on Tuesday for eastern Ukraine, where government forces are closing in on pro-Russian rebels, but Kiev said it would not allow the vehicles to cross onto its territory.

Kiev and Western governments warned Moscow against any attempt to turn the operation into a military intervention by stealth in a region facing a humanitarian crisis a

Maliki Bid to Block Successor Escalates Crisis in Iraq

Posted by Forexsq 36 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Iraq’s political crisis deepened as embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki refused to hand power to designated successor Haidar al-Abadi, and soldiers and militiamen fanned out across the capital, Baghdad.

In a late-night address on state TV yesterday, Maliki called Abadi‚Äôs appointment by President Fouad Masoum ‚Äúlegally worthless‚ÄĚ and defied pressure from some fellow Shiite political figures

Maliki digs in as U.S. pushes for new Iraqi government

Posted by Forexsq 37 days ago (http://www.reuters.com)
img Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was battling to keep his job on Monday, deploying forces across Baghdad as erstwhile allies nominated a replacement and the United States warned him not to block popular demands for change.

With Sunni fighters from the Islamic State making new gains over Kurdish forces north of the capital, the United States hopes a consensus government can stem bloodshed th

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