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  • *Thousands of "Yes" supporters in streets of Glasgow. largest city, Glasgow, on Sunday as polls showed the rival camps running desperately close just five days before a referendum which could bring the break-up of the United Kingdom. We're aiming to achieve a substantial majority if we can, "he said on the BBC.

  • 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.

  • *Spain, others, fearful of separatist precedent, could veto Scots. *Realpolitik, negotiation with Spain, London may well be decisive. BRUSSELS, Sept 14- If Scots vote for independence, it will be in part because they believe assurances that their small Atlantic peninsula can quit the United Kingdom without ever leaving the secure embrace of the European Union.

  • *Four different polls show future of UK at stake. EDINBURGH, Sept 14- The future of Scotland and the United Kingdom looked uncertain on Sunday, five days before a historic referendum on independence, as polls showed the rival campaigns running desperately close.

  • *Fund manager Pohjola sharing its trade system with peers. LONDON, Sept 14- Stock investors who recognise the risks of trading in anonymous "dark pools" but are unwilling to spurn them have found an alternative: club together.

  • *Ukraine conflict, sanctions darken mood in Europe. Federal Reserve may give clearer hints on when it will hike the cost of borrowing in the United States in the coming week, as struggling Europe braces for a tight vote in Scotland on whether to leave the United Kingdom.

  • Scottish independence could mean messy divorce Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 4:45 AM ET

    The British and Scottish administrations have agreed that they will recognize the outcome of the referendum and appoint negotiators to work out the details of separation "in the best interests of the people of Scotland and of the rest of the United Kingdom."

  • THETFORD, England, Sept 14- Standing with bags of groceries outside discount store Lidl in Thetford, eastern England, Jodie McGloughlin explains simply why she turned her back on Britain's biggest retailer- its high prices. "People no longer feel that Tesco is on their side," said Marc Cave, who worked with the retailer for nearly ten years during its heyday. "

  • *Scottish nationalists warn BP and some banks. *Rupert Murdoch visits, says Scotland' alive with debate'. At stake is not just the future of Scotland, but that of the United Kingdom, forged by the union with England 307 years ago.

  • *Scottish nationalists warn BP and some banks. EDINBURGH, Sept 13- The battle over Scottish independence took a bitter turn on Saturday when a senior nationalist warned businesses such as BP that they could face punishment for voicing concern over the impact of secession.

  • EDINBURGH, Sept 13- The campaign battle over Scottish independence took a bitter turn on Saturday when a senior nationalist warned businesses such as BP that they could face punishment for voicing concern over the impact of secession.

  • Islamic State's Twitter silence raises questions Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 7:59 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO/ WASHINGTON, Sept 12- Islamic State's Twitter users, which have trumpeted the group's violent acts and worldview on the social media service, have gone abruptly quiet in past days.

  • *Fed may raise short-term rates in first quarter- BlackRock. NEW YORK, Sept 12- Traders piled into U.S. short-term interest rates options on Friday, adopting a bearish posture on the view the Federal Reserve will signal next week that interest rates will be notably higher by the end of next year.

  • US accuses British Airways of hazardous shipment Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 5:04 PM ET

    DALLAS— Regulators say that British Airways violated safety rules by shipping an oxygen generator on an American Airlines flight from London to Dallas, and they are seeking to fine BA $195,000. The FAA charged that British Airways failed to declare and label the generator as hazardous and suitable for shipment only on a cargo plane.

  • HSBC paying $550M to resolve mortgage bond claims Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 4:59 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— British bank HSBC has agreed to pay $550 million to resolve U.S. claims that it misled U.S. mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac about risky mortgage securities it sold them before the housing market collapsed in 2007.. The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie and Freddie, announced the settlement Friday with HSBC.

  • UPDATE 7-Oil drops as ample supply overtakes demand Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 4:34 PM ET

    *Weaker oil demand growth in China and Europe- IEA. NEW YORK, Sept 12- Crude oil prices fell on Friday on pressure from weak demand, ample supplies and a strong dollar. "We've seen a lot of selling pressure lately and concerns of a lot of oil on hand to meet demand," said Gene McGillian, an analyst at Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut.

  • LONDON, Sept 12- New European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker came under fire from health campaigners on Friday for his plan to shift responsibility for medicines to the Commission's industrial division from health.

  • *Gold hits lowest since Jan. 10, below $1,230/ oz. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Sept 12- Gold slumped to an eight-month low on Friday, dropping 1 percent as a lack of physical and investment demand and widespread commodities losses weighed on bullion. Gold's losses also pressured silver and platinum group metals, with platinum hitting a 2014 low earlier in the session.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 12- The dollar index posted its ninth consecutive week of gains on Friday and the U.S. currency rose to six-year highs against the yen on speculation that the Federal Reserve may strike a more hawkish tone when it meets next week.

  • *Weaker oil demand growth in China and Europe- IEA. NEW YORK, Sept 12- Brent oil prices fell on Friday, pressured by a strong dollar, weak demand and ample supplies, while U.S. crude rose, stabilizing a day after hitting 16- month lows.