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  • Spain's Catalan parliament approves independence vote law

    Catalonia's regional parliament on Friday passed a law that its leaders say will authorise them to hold a non-binding "consultation" on independence from Spain on November 9.

  • Queen urges unity after Scotland rejects independence

    Scottish leader Alex Salmond said Friday he would resign after losing an independence referendum that left the United Kingdom intact, as Queen Elizabeth II called for "mutual respect" among Scots following a divisive campaign.

  • New Ukraine peace talks open in Minsk

    Face-to-face talks aimed at finding a way to end Ukraine's brutal five-month war began Friday in the Belarussian capital of Minsk, trying to build on a ragged ceasefire that was agreed in the same city two weeks ago.

  • New Ukraine peace talks begin in Minsk: AFP

    A fresh round of talks on how to find a lasting solution to five months of brutal fighting in eastern Ukraine began on Friday in the Belarussian capital Minsk.

  • Salmond to resign after Scotland rejects independence

    Scotland's pro-independence leader Alex Salmond said Friday he would resign after losing a referendum that left the United Kingdom intact but opened a Pandora's box of demands for more autonomy across Britain.

  • Scotland's pro-independence First Minister Alex Salmond said on Friday he will step down from his post and as leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) at its conference in November following a defeat for his separatist cause in a referendum on Thursday.