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  • *London offers more powers if Scotland stays. EDINBURGH, Sept 18- Scotland voted on Thursday on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or end the 307- year-old union with England and become an independent nation in a finely balanced referendum with far-reaching consequences.

  • *Britain implores Scotland to stay, offers more powers. EDINBURGH, Sept 18- Scotland voted in a referendum on Thursday to choose whether to end the 307- year-old union with England and become an independent nation or stay within the United Kingdom- a decision which could have consequences across the globe.

  • *Gold, oil prices pressured by rising dollar. LONDON, Sept 18- Lacklustre demand for the ECB's new ultra-cheap loans on Thursday boosted bets it will have to overcome reservations about sovereign bond buying, and left markets eyeing the widening policy divergence from the United States.

  • METALS-Copper falls as Fed rates outlook lifts dollar Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:09 AM ET

    *Copper to fall to $6,200 in 12- mth horizon- Goldman Sachs. LONDON, Sept 18- Copper slipped on Thursday, pressured by a sharp rise in the dollar after the U.S. Prices have lost momentum since hitting a one-week high at $6,992 a tonne earlier this week, but are still well above a 12- week low of $6,734 hit on Sept. 11.

  • LONDON, Sept 18- The dollar vaulted to a six-year peak against the yen on Friday as the Federal Reserve's outlook for rising interest rates underlined the diverging path between the United States and the rest of the rich world.

  • *Scotland's independence vote next focus, sterling volatility jumps. LONDON, Sept 18- The dollar began European trading on Thursday almost 1.5 percent higher against the yen than 24 hours earlier, after the Federal Reserve sent another shock through the global financial system by raising its projections on future interest rates.

  • *Britain implores Scotland to stay, offers more powers. EDINBURGH, Sept 18- Scots began voting in an independence referendum on Thursday that will decide the fate of the United Kingdom, after opinion polls showed hundreds of thousands of them were still agonizing over whether to stay with the 307- year union or back secession. "This is an historic day for Scotland.

  • *Winter demand should support oil prices- OPEC delegates. SINGAPORE, Sept 18- Brent crude dropped towards $98 per barrel on Thursday as the dollar firmed amid fears of a faster hike in U.S. interest rates, while a rise in U.S. crude stocks also hurt prices.

  • As growth stalls, G20 seeks closure on regulations Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:26 AM ET

    SYDNEY, Sept 18- G20 host Australia is leading a push to draw a line under the global financial crisis, urging the group of top economies to swiftly finalise regulations aimed at preventing a repeat of the crash and focus on measures to revive sputtering global growth.

  • *Scotland's independence vote next focus. SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, Sept 18- The dollar hit a six-year high against the yen on Thursday after the Federal Reserve's guidance on interest rates highlighted the diverging pathways between the United States and other rich nations. The greenback raced to a high of 108.69 yen, its strongest level since September 2008.

  • *Scotland's independence vote next focus. SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, Sept 18- The dollar hit a six-year high against the yen on Thursday after the Federal Reserve's guidance on interest rates highlighted the diverging pathways between the United States and other rich nations. The greenback raced to a high of 108.69 yen, its strongest level since September 2008.

  • *Polling stations open at 0600 GMT on Thursday. EDINBURGH, Sept 18- Just hours before Scotland's independence referendum, the fate of the United Kingdom rests on hundreds of thousands of wavering Scottish voters, as opinion polls showed supporters of the 307- year union just a whisker ahead of secessionists.

  • *Report of targeted stimulus to big China banks. LONDON, Sept 17- Copper edged up on Wednesday on a report that China's central bank will provide the country's biggest banks with fresh loans to bolster the economy of the world's largest metals consumer.

  • *Need for skilled talent puts London at odds with national policy. LONDON, Sept 17- When Efe Cakarel picked London as a new base for his video streaming company, he was counting on its location, capital markets and infrastructure, but also on the city's reputation as a hub for talented people from Europe and beyond.

  • Yowie Group said on Wednesday that Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's largest retailer, will trial its "Yowie" chocolates across 50 stores in Texas. Shares in Yowie Group jumped as much as 18.5 percent after the company announced the tie-up with Wal-Mart. Yowie Group is based in Perth in western Australia.

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 16- China will ban the import and local sale of coal with high ash and sulphur content starting from 2015 in a bid to tackle air pollution, with tough requirements in major coastal cities set to hit Australian miners.

  • Eminem publishers sue New Zealand political party Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 12:45 AM ET

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand— The music publishers for American rapper Eminem filed a lawsuit Tuesday against New Zealand's ruling political party over the music it used in a campaign commercial. Detroit- based Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated both claim the National Party breached copyright laws by using Eminem's song "Lose Yourself."

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 15- China will ban the import and local sale of coal with high ash and sulfur content starting from 2015 in a bid to tackle air pollution, with tough requirements in major coastal cities set to hit Australian miners.

  • WASHINGTON/ LONDON, Sept 14- Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

  • LONDON/ MELBOURNE, Sept 15- Copper slipped towards three-month lows on Monday after growth at China's factories stumbled to its weakest in nearly six years in August and investors remained concerned about stagnation in Europe and an expected rate rise in the United States.