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SCOTTISH NATIONALIST LEADER SALMOND SAYS SCOTLAND WILL EXPECT LONDON TO HONOUR ITS PLEDGES OF MORE POWERS RAPIDLY.
EDINBURGH, Sept 19- Scotland has chosen to stay in the United Kingdom, spurning independence in a historic referendum that had worried allies and investors, results showed on Friday with more than two thirds of the vote declared. Supporters of the United Kingdom have won 54 percent of the vote, according to Reuters calculations, and that share could climb.
LONDON, Sept 19- British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday congratulated Alistair Darling, the man who spearheaded the campaign against Scottish independence, as partial results indicated Scotland had voted to stay in the United Kingdom by a clear margin.
LONDON, Sept 19- British stocks were set to open higher on Friday while previously inflated bets on high volatility in the currency market over the next week fell away as the "No" camp looked set for victory in Scotland's independence referendum. Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond conceded defeat in the vote after the bulk of results had leant towards "No".
EDINBURGH, Scotland— Scottish voters have rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core. "Today is a momentous day for Scotland and the United Kingdom as a whole."
*PM Cameron and Elizabeth II expected to comment. EDINBURGH, Sept 19- Scotland has voted against breaking from the United Kingdom in half its constituencies home to nearly one third of the electorate, early results from a divisive independence referendum showed. Scotland's final verdict on the union should be clear around breakfast time on Friday.
EDINBURGH, Sept 19- Scotland voted against breaking apart the United Kingdom in four small constituencies, early referendum results showed on Friday, as Scots agonized over the fate of their country following a divisive independence campaign.
SINGAPORE, Sept 19- Gold held above its lowest in 8-1/ 2 months on Friday but was headed for a third straight weekly drop on fears that a rate hike in the United States and a strengthening economy could dim the metal's appeal.
EDINBURGH, Sept 19- Scots agonized over the fate of their country on Friday after record numbers voted in a divisive independence referendum that could break apart the United Kingdom.
*London offers more powers if Scotland stays. EDINBURGH, Sept 18- Scotland has voted on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or break the 307- year-old union in a finely balanced independence referendum with global consequences. The gap is sufficiently close that if the pollsters have got it marginally wrong, Scotland could go its own way.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Sept 18- Gold rebounded on Thursday, as investors bought back their bearish bets after speculation over an earlier-than-expected U.S. interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve sent bullion prices to a 8-1/ 2- month low.
NEW YORK— Kristin Gazlay, an editor who has held major leadership positions at The Associated Press over a career extending more than three decades, has been appointed the news service's director of top stories, Senior Managing Editor Michael Oreskes announced Thursday.
OTTAWA/ LONDON, Sept 18- Canada, one of the harshest critics of Russia's involvement in Ukraine, this week quietly cancelled sanctions against Expobank and RosEnergoBank, two small Russian banks on which it imposed the measures earlier this year.
LONDON, Sept 18- Irish cement maker CRH is exploring a bid for all the assets rivals Lafarge and Holcim must sell to steer their mega-merger past competition watchdogs, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Bain, Onex and another limited partner form the fourth consortium, the sources said.
*Yes vote would be barrier to Bank of England rate rise. LONDON, Sept 18- British financial markets were laying bets that Scots would vote "No" on independence on Thursday, pushing the pound to a two-year peak against the euro and Scotland- based stocks higher in the final hours of polling. Scotland would vote for independence, sending a shock wave.
NEW YORK, Sept 18- The dollar hit a more than six-year peak against the yen on Thursday on data showing U.S. jobless claims fell more than expected last week, while global equity markets rallied after the Federal Reserve again pledged to keep interest rates low.
*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.
*Yes vote would be barrier to Bank of England rate rise. Since a poll almost two weeks ago showed a surge in support for the "Yes" campaign, worries of a vote that would send a shockwave through Britain's political and financial system have weighed on UK markets.
*Sulzer gains on mergers& acquisitions news. LONDON, Sept 18- European equities advanced on Thursday, with a key index climbing to a two-week high after the U.S. Britain's FTSE was up 0.5 percent, Germany's DAX index gained 1.2 percent and France's CAC 40 rose 0.7 percent.
NEW YORK, Sept 18- The dollar rose to a more than six-year peak against the yen on Thursday, after data showed U.S. jobless claims fell more than expected last week, reinforcing the market's view that U.S. interest rates will rise sooner rather than later.