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  • *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.

  • Emotions mount on final day of Scottish campaign Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:43 AM ET

    In a matter of hours, they will determine whether Scotland leaves the United Kingdom and becomes an independent state.

  • *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.

  • Emotions mount on final day of Scottish campaign Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 7:02 AM ET

    In a matter of hours, they will determine whether Scotland leaves the United Kingdom and becomes an independent state.

  • *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.

  • 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.

  • GLASGOW, Scotland, Sept 15- Once mocked for claiming to have saved the world after the 2008 financial crisis, former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown may now have the fate of Scotland in his hands.

  • ROSNEATH, Scotland, Sept 14- On the last Sunday before Scotland votes on independence, minister urged Scots from the pulpit to work for reconciliation and avoid recrimination after the referendum.

  • *Unionists gain 4 pct point lead over separatists- YouGov. A YouGov survey for The Times and Sun newspapers put Scottish support for the union at 52 percent versus support for independence at 48 percent, excluding those who said they did not know how they would vote.

  • Sept 12- Scotland will vote on Sept. 18 on whether to become an independent country, ending a 307- year union with England and splitting from the rest of the United Kingdom. >British banks warn they'll head south if Scotland quits UK. >BoE says Scotland would need big reserves to keep the pound.

  • SPECIAL REPORT-Scots warm to the power of Yes Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 2:00 AM ET

    GLASGOW, Scotland, Sept 11- In late August, Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling shared the stage as part of the push to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom. The two Scotsmen, Britain's prime minister and finance minister between 2007 and 2010, often fought each other in office.

  • *Sterling drops, shares fall, banks brace for Scotland vote. The survey prompted concern bordering on panic among Britain's ruling elite, with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative-led government promising proposals this week to grant Scotland greater autonomy if it stays.

  • LONDON, Sept 8- An independent Scotland could lay claim to a part of the United Kingdom's 310- tonne gold reserves if votes go in favour of the "Yes" campaign this month, with ownership of Britain's bullion hoard up for negotiation along with other assets.

  • *Sterling drops, shares fall, banks brace for Scotland vote. The survey prompted concern bordering on panic among Britain's ruling elite, with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative-led government promising proposals this week to grant Scotland greater autonomy if it stays.

  • Pound sinks as Scottish independence race tightens Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 6:37 AM ET

    LONDON— Britain's main political leaders scrambled Monday to offer Scotland greater autonomy in a last-minute bid to stave off independence, as the pound sank on opinion polls suggesting separatists are gaining ground— and may even be in the lead.

  • *Osborne insists no currency union with independent Scotland. LONDON, Sept 7- The British government is scrambling to respond to a lurch in the opinion polls towards a vote for Scottish independence this month by promising a range of new powers for Scotland if it chooses to stay within the United Kingdom.

  • LONDON, June 24- On July 7, 2011, at the height of Britain's phone-hacking scandal, Rebekah Brooks announced the closure of Britain's biggest-selling newspaper, The News of the World. That evening, she sat with senior colleagues in a restaurant in London's Chelsea Harbor, fighting back tears.

  • DUNDEE, Scotland, June 22- Gordon Brown, once ranked Britain's most unpopular prime minister in half a century, may yet emerge as the man who convinces Scots to reject independence. But in the industrial towns of Scotland where the fate of the United Kingdom will be set by 1 million as yet undecided voters in a Sept. 18 referendum, few rival Brown's influence.

  • ABUJA, May 1- Delegates to the World Economic Forum on Africa next week in the Nigerian capital Abuja will be in the right place to reflect on the rising continent's problems, as well as its undoubted potential.