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Scottish independence leader Alex Salmond to step down

Scotland's pro-independence First Minister Alex Salmond said on Friday he will step down from his post and as leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) at its conference in November following a defeat for his separatist cause in a referendum on Thursday.

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13 puppies found hidden in car at Woodlands Checkpoint (A total of 13 puppies were found in the car. Photo: ICA)
13 puppies found hidden in car at Woodlands Checkpoint

The live puppies were found in three black cloth bags – hidden in the car’s glove compartment, front passenger seat and under the driver’s seat.

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  • Scottish independence leader Alex Salmond to step down
    Agence France-Presse - 19/9/2014 3:19 PM

    Scotland's pro-independence First Minister Alex Salmond said on Friday he will step down from his post and as leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) at its conference in November following a defeat for his separatist cause in a referendum on Thursday.

  • 'Miracle' panda triplets open their eyes in Chinese zoo'Miracle' panda triplets open their eyes in Chinese zoo
    Agence France-Presse - 19/9/2014 11:27 AM

    A set of panda triplets, known as the world's only surviving trio, have opened their eyes for the first time more than a month after their birth in a Chinese zoo.

  • British business welcomes Scotland staying in UKBritish business welcomes Scotland staying in UK
    Agence France-Presse - 19/9/2014 10:50 AM

    Britain's business community breathed a sigh of relief on Friday after Scotland voted by a clear margin to remain in the United Kingdom.

  • Brandao handed six-month ban for headbuttingBrandao handed six-month ban for headbutting
    Agence France-Presse - 19/9/2014 10:19 AM

    Bastia's Brazilian striker Brandao has been hit with a six-month ban for headbutting Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Motta, ruling him out for 24 games with the Ligue 1 side. 

  • France carries out first air strike in Iraq: HollandeFrance carries out first air strike in Iraq: Hollande
    Agence France-Presse - 19/9/2014 9:34 AM

    French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq Friday, successfully destroying their target, President Francois Hollande announced, vowing that more operations would follow.

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  • Kremlin to 'protect Russian cyberspace from unpredictable West'Kremlin to 'protect Russian cyberspace from unpredictable West'
    Agence France-Presse - 19/9/2014 11:06 AM

    Russia is considering measures to protect its cyberspace from the "unpredictable" West, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said on Friday after a newspaper said Moscow was contemplating unplugging the Internet during protests or war.

  • Chinese buyers lead charge in iPhone 6 global debutChinese buyers lead charge in iPhone 6 global debut
    Agence France-Presse - 19/9/2014 3:20 AM

    Buyers from China, deprived of the latest iPhone launch at home, were Friday among the first in line in Japan to grab the "6" and its new large-screen cousin as Apple hit back at rivals.

  • Twitpic to stay alive with new ownerTwitpic to stay alive with new owner
    Agence France-Presse - 19/9/2014 12:03 AM

    Twitpic is being acquired in a deal that will give renewed life to the widely used service for sharing pictures on Twitter.

  • Download woes and HealthKit flaw bite iPhone softwareDownload woes and HealthKit flaw bite iPhone software
    Agence France-Presse - 18/9/2014 10:53 PM

    Apple's typically adoring fans were grousing on Thursday over having to dump pictures and other digital keepsakes from iPhones to make room for a big, new operating system.

  • Google to boost Android encryption, joining AppleGoogle to boost Android encryption, joining Apple
    Agence France-Presse - 18/9/2014 10:42 PM

    Google and Apple said they are hardening encryption tactics on devices powered by their mobile operating systems and tossing away the keys.

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  • Condoms 'too small' for Uganda menCondoms 'too small' for Uganda men
    Agence France-Presse - 19/9/2014 10:01 AM

    Ugandan MPs have been inundated with complaints that many condoms on sale in the east African nation are too small, warning the problem is a blow to the fight against AIDS.

  • Indian TV sacks newsreader over 'Eleven Jinping' blunderIndian TV sacks newsreader over 'Eleven Jinping' blunder
    Agence France-Presse - 19/9/2014 9:29 AM

    Pronouncing foreign leaders' names is a headache for newsreaders the world over but on Friday it proved the downfall of one Indian newscaster, who mistook the visiting Chinese president's name for the Roman numeral XI, calling him "Eleven Jinping" on air.

  • Harvard hosts spoof Nobel awards for silly scienceHarvard hosts spoof Nobel awards for silly science
    Agence France-Presse - 19/9/2014 1:54 AM

    Spoof Nobel prizes that honor the humor in science were handed out at Harvard University, celebrating the physics of stepping on a banana skin and the neuroscience behind spotting Jesus in toast.

  • Discover Rome at a run with jogger guide toursDiscover Rome at a run with jogger guide tours
    Agence France-Presse - 18/9/2014 11:07 PM

    Want to discover Rome and keep fit in the process? Jogger guides in the eternal city are taking tourists from around the world on a trot from the Colosseum to the Vatican.

  • Pope's skull cap raises over 100,000 euros on eBayPope's skull cap raises over 100,000 euros on eBay
    Agence France-Presse - 18/9/2014 10:35 PM

    An Italian TV show managed to coax Pope Francis into handing over his white skull cap and has already raised over 100,000 euros in less than 24 hours by putting it on eBay. 

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business

  • Alibaba makes Wall Street debut
    Agence France-Presse - 19/9/2014 1:43 PM

    Alibaba made its long-awaiting Wall Street debut Friday on the heels of a record stock offering that opens the door to its global expansion for the Chinese online retail giant.

  • Russia does not want 'closed economy': PM
    Agence France-Presse - 19/9/2014 12:41 PM

    Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday Russia did not want to close itself off from the global economy, and warned Western efforts to isolate or ignore such a powerful nation were "impossible".

  • Air France strike extends into weekend
    Agence France-Presse - 19/9/2014 12:26 PM

    French travellers were facing a weekend of travel disruption, as pilots at Air France announced Friday they were extending their strike, their longest since 1998.

  • Oil prices steady at end of volatile week
    Agence France-Presse - 19/9/2014 11:31 AM

    World oil prices steadied on Friday after Brent crude had this week hit a two-year low point against a backdrop of solid supplies and dampening demand growth.

  • Alibaba IPO to boost employee fortunes to $8 bn
    Agence France-Presse - 19/9/2014 10:22 AM

    Employees of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba will see their fortunes swell to nearly $8 billion as the company prepares a massive US stock offering that could be valued at $25 billion.

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