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Scotland decides: millions of voters pour into polling stations

Libby Brooks, Severin Carrell, Steven Morris, Ben Quinn, Helen Pidd, Ewen MacAskill and Caroline Davies
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From the very old to the very young, voters make the most important and far-reaching political decision of their lifetimes  Jump to comments It was decision day and from the northernmost Shetland isle of Unst to the southernmost hamlet of Cairngaan, Scotland was deciding. Queues had formed at polling stations before the doors opened and a record turnout was expected as the ... Read More »

Israel goes back 4,000 years in ‘attempt to divide and rule’ its Arab minority

Ben Lynfield
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's move - at least bureaucratically – dovetails with his government’s recent efforts to treat Christians as separate from Muslims
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Hardly anyone in Israel can speak 4,000-year-old Aramaic. Now, the Israeli decision to recognise “Aramean” as a distinct nationality in the country’s population register is fuelling the ire of Israeli Arab leaders, who accuse the government of inventing a category of peoplehood to “divide and rule” the Arab minority. The Interior Minister, Gideon Saar, signed an order earlier this week ... Read More »

Lessons learned as CSO’s art raffle fails to spark with audience

Sally Pryor, Arts Editor at The Canberra Times.
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From the outset, the plan appeared to have everything a well-heeled music lover could want – an exclusive fund-raiser, a good cause and a serious piece of art thrown into the mix. But when it came to the crunch, it turned out wealthy Canberrans weren’t as willing to part with their money as the Canberra Symphony Orchestra had hoped. Not ... Read More »

Scotland, Self-Interest and Self-Government

Ross Douthat
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From the perspective of America’s national interest, the prospect of an independent Scotland — which could, though probably won’t, become a reality after today’s referendum vote — has relatively little to recommend it. Scottish secession would hardly be disastrous for the U.S., but it would come with all sorts of modest downsides: It would weaken our most reliable ally for the long term and create ... Read More »

Western sanctions violate WTO principles, says Putin

MOSCOW - Reuters
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Russian President Vladimir Putin Sept. 18 slammed the EU and the U.S. for violating basic World Trade Organization principles in their bid to punish Russia over the Ukrainecrisis. “Limits introduced against Russia are none other than a rejection by some of our partners of basic WTO principles,” he told a government meeting, adding that the matter was being politicized in violation of the WTO. “The ... Read More »

Newest Androids will join iPhones in offering default encryption, blocking police

Craig Timberg *
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The next generation of Google’s Android operating system, due for release next month, will encrypt data by default for the first time, the company said Thursday, raising yet another barrier to police gaining access to the troves of personal data typically kept on smartphones. Android has offered optional encryption on some devices since 2011, but security experts say few users ... Read More »

Abbott dismisses ‘stupid’ call for Australia burqa ban

Jonathan Pearlman
Hundreds of police raided homes in Australia in a sweeping counter-terrorism operation (Reuters)

Terror raids in Australia prompt “stupid” call by government MP for a burqa ban, with leaders warning acts of vilification will only play into the hands of extremists Australia’s prime minister has defended the right of Muslims to wear a burqa after one of his MPs said the face and body covering was “a shroud of oppression and flag of ... Read More »

Futuristic “Exosuit” Helps Explore Ancient Computer Shipwreck

Sarah Cascone

The ancient computer device, called the Antikythera Mechanism—not to be confused with the world’s first “iPad” (see “Ancient ‘iPad’ Uncovered in Byzantine Shipwreck“)—is an astrological clock dating to the second century BCE. A highly complex device used to track the motion of the planets, it features at least 40 bronze cogs and gears and would not be matched by later Europeans for ... Read More »

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