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LONDON---The British pound
slid to a ten-month low against
the dollar yesterday and shares
in Scotland-based companies
fell after opinion polls suggested
the campaign for Scottish inde-
pendence could be edging
A Yes vote in next week s ref-
erendum would end Scotland s
307-year-old union with Eng-
land and plunge Britain into
uncharted constitutional and
For months, polls have put the
anti-independence side ahead,
but the gap has narrowed ahead
of the September 18 vote. One
poll released Sunday put the pro-
independence forces in the lead
while other polls give the advan-
tage to the No side---and the
sense that the race is too close
to call jolted financial markets.
At one stage yesterday, the
pound had fallen 1.4 per cent to
$1.6104, its lowest level since
November. It later clawed back
some ground but was still nearly
two cents down on the day.
Analysts said with ten days to
go, markets were waking up to
the uncertainties of independ-
ence, which include Scotland s
status in the European Union,
its share of Britain s national
debt, its stake in North Sea oil
revenue and its currency.
Pro-independence leaders say
an independent Scotland would
continue to use the pound, but
the British government says it
won t agree to that.
Brenda Kelly, chief market
strategist at IG Group, said the
markets were "beginning to price
in what was deemed unthink-
able"---the breakup of Britain.
"One thing is certain, if we
get this sort of volatility on the
prospect of a Yes vote, can you
imagine the reaction if we do
get a Yes vote?" said analyst
Michael Hewson of CMC Mar-
kets UK. "It s not likely to be
Scotland joined England and
Wales to make Great Britain in
1707. Now with a population of
5.3 million---one-tenth of Eng-
land s---Scotland already has
considerable autonomy, with its
own parliament and separate
legal and educational systems.
Britain s three main political
parties are preparing to offer
Scotland even more financial
independence, including greater
tax-raising powers, in a bid to
avert a Yes vote.
Many Scots favour that
option---known as maximum
devolution, or "devo max"---but
it is not on the referendum ballot,
which asks whether Scotland
should become an independent
UK Deputy Prime Minister
Nick Clegg said the government
would offer "far greater powers
for Scotland, but within the
security and stability that the
family of nations in the United
accuse the No side of overstating
the economic risks of separa-
The leader of the anti-inde-
pendence "Better Together"
campaign denied his forces were
Calgary got an early dose of
winter yesterday as drizzling
rain turned into big fluffy
flakes of snow in parts of the
A cold front that brought
rain to Calgary and other parts
of southwestern Alberta
overnight had even colder air
behind it that was expected to
produce accumulations of
snow later in the day. The first
frost and snowfall of the year
will arrive over the northern
Plains of the United States
before the middle of the week.
"A major cold front will push
southward through the
Canada Prairies yesterday
with a strong, Arctic high
pressure system building in
behind it," said AccuWeather
Canada Weather Expert Brett
Snow and cold air are
forecast to make an
appearance across Montana
and into portions of North
Dakota, South Dakota and
Wyoming tonight, although
little is expected in terms of
Snow is likely to stop short
of reaching Denver with this
outbreak of cold air.
By the end of the week, the
core of the chilly air mass will
shift over the Great Lakes and
away from the Plains.
First frost hits Canada; early start to winter season
campaigners march through
Edinburgh in support of a yes
vote in the referendum.
...yes vote 'not likely to be pretty'
ROME---Three Italian missionary nuns were found
slain in their convent in Burundi, church and ministry
officials said yesterday.
The Italian foreign ministry confirmed the slayings in
Kamenge, near Bujumbura, Burundi's capital. The
ministry declined to give details, including exactly when
the slayings occurred.
The Italian missionary news agency Misna quoted the
Saverian missionaries' superior in the east African
nation, the Rev Mario Pulcini, as saying the bodies of
two nuns were found Sunday afternoon by a third nun.
He told Misna that during the night, other nuns
telephoned to say they feared the attacker was still in
the convent. When help arrived, the nun who had found
the first two victims was herself found slain, Pulcini said.
The nuns' home diocese of Parma, Italy, said robbery
appeared to be the motive.
Pope Francis, in a condolence telegram to
Bujumbura's archbishop, said he "learned with great
sadness of the murder" of the three "faithful and devout
nuns in these tragic circumstances." (AP)
Three Italian nuns found
slain in Burundi convent
Iran says it has arrested Afghan and Pakistani citizens
who were trying to join Islamic State (IS) jihadists
fighting in Syria and Iraq.
Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani said the
foreigners planned to cross Iran---but did not specify
how many had been arrested, or where.
Shia Iran is opposed to the Sunni extremists of IS,
who have undermined its allies in Iraq and Syria.
Iran is said to be prepared to work alongside the US
against IS in Iraq.
Sources in Tehran said that Iran's Supreme leader,
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had authorised his top
commander to co-ordinate the fight against IS with US,
Kurdish and Iraqi forces.
Recently both the US and Iran have offered military
assistance to combat IS in Iraq, while refusing to place
their troops on the ground.
Fighters led by IS, an extremist group which is also
known as Isis and Isil, seized a large stretch of
borderless territory across Iraq and Syria this summer,
declaring the land they control a caliphate.
Iran borders Iraq to the west, and Afghanistan and
Pakistan to the east. (BBC)
Iran arrests 'fighters bound for IS'
Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine have released 1,200
prisoners, President Petro Poroshenko has said.
The releases followed Friday's ceasefire deal, he said,
which included an exchange of prisoners.
He was speaking during a visit to the strategic south-
eastern port city of Mariupol, which has come under
shelling from pro-Russian rebels in recent days.
Poroshenko announced his arrival in a tweet:
"Mariupol is Ukraine. We will not surrender this land to
Before the truce came into place, pro-Russian
separatists made big gains in eastern Ukraine and
seized territory a few miles outside Mariupol.
However, despite some sporadic shooting, the
ceasefire appears to be holding.
Fighting in the east has killed some 2,600 people
Poroshenko said that "over the past four days, we
have managed to secure the release of 1,200 of our
captives", according to the Interfax-Ukraine news
Ukraine rebels 'free 1,200 captives'
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