EU chief Barroso hails Scots result, welcomes EU commitment

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso hailed Scotland's rejection of independence as positive for Europe and noted the strength of commitment shown by Scots during the campaign to membership of the EU. "I welcome the decision of the Scottish people to maintain the unity of the United Kingdom," Barroso said in a statement on Friday. "This outcome is good for the united, open and stronger Europe that the European Commission stands for. ...
UK markets welcome Scotland's rejection of independence

By Jamie McGeever LONDON (Reuters) - Investors in British financial markets breathed a sigh of relief on Friday, after a Scottish vote against independence spared them prolonged and unprecedented uncertainty that a break up of the United Kingdom might have unleashed. Stocks rose, sterling hit a two-year high against the euro, and currency market volatility - which had reached historically high levels ahead of Thursday's vote - collapsed. Royal Bank of Scotland said it had scrapped contingency plans to relocate to England. ...
Russian PM: Moscow ready to cooperate with West

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev heads the Cabinet meeting in the government headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Government Press Service)MOSCOW (AP) — Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Russia is ready to cooperate with the West despite efforts to isolate Moscow with economic sanctions.

Indian TV sacks newsreader over 'Eleven Jinping' blunder

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wave prior to delegation level talks in New Delhi on September 18, 2014New Delhi (AFP) - Pronouncing foreign leaders' names is a headache for newsreaders the world over but on Friday it proved the downfall of one Indian newscaster, who mistook the visiting Chinese president's name for the Roman numeral XI, calling him "Eleven Jinping" on air.

Zambian President Sata opens parliament, easing health fears

Zambia's President Sata waits to address the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New YorkLUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambian President Michael Sata attended the opening of parliament on Friday looking healthy and walking unaided, easing anxiety about the health of the 77-year-old who has been away from the public eye for three months. His appearance in front of a parliamentary honour guard was the first time Sata had been seen in public in the capital since a televised June 19 meeting with Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao. ...

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