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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.
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.
*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.
*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.
EDINBURGH, Scotland— From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment— and the rest of the United Kingdom held its breath— after voters turned out in huge numbers for an independence referendum that could end Scotland's 307- year union with England.
The entire United Kingdom will find out just how hard if Scotland chooses independence in Thursday's vote. The issues range from whether Scotland will use the pound as its currency to how much U.K. debt it should take on to how the military will be split up— and the results will affect all of the U.K.' s 64 million people, not just the 5.3 million in Scotland.
*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.
*Britain implores Scotland to stay, offers more powers. *Polling stations open at 0600 GMT on Thursday. EDINBURGH, Sept 17- On the eve of 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.
*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.
*London pledges Scotland health spending powers. EDINBURGH, Sept 16- Britain promised to guarantee Scotland high levels of state funding, granting Scots greater control over healthcare spending in a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the United Kingdom before Thursday's vote on independence.
The Conservatives, also known as Tories, have been in power in the United Kingdom more often than not since the end of World War I. For a while, Scotland was even a bedrock of support— in the 1955 general election the Conservatives won half the vote and seats in Scotland.
EDINBURGH, Sept 16- Britain promised to guarantee Scotland's high levels of state funding, granting Scots control over healthcare spending in a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the United Kingdom before Thursday's vote on independence.
EDINBURGH, Sept 16- Alex Salmond wields no claymore sword and appears only sparingly in a kilt, and yet he has brought Scotland closer to independence than any Scottish warrior since union with England more than 300 years ago. This campaign reaches its climax on Thursday when Scots vote in a referendum on whether to stay part of the United Kingdom or to break away.
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.
*Cameron makes last visit to Scotland before vote. ABERDEEN/ LONDON, Sept 15- British Prime Minister David Cameron used his last visit to Scotland before a historic independence referendum this week to implore Scots to remain part of the United Kingdom, warning on Monday that a breakaway vote would be irreversible.
ABERDEEN, Scotland, Sept 15- British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday made an impassioned appeal to Scots to shun independence at a referendum on Thursday that could break the United Kingdom. "If Scotland votes yes, the UK will split, and we will go our separate ways forever," Cameron said in the Scottish city of Aberdeen.
BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON SAYS A SCOTTISH EXIT FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM WOULD BE FOREVER.
PARIS, Sept 15- European shares slipped on Monday, with stocks trading in a narrow range before Scotland votes on independence and the Federal Reserve holds it latest policy meeting, both events that are due later this week.