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Deal to give Scots more power

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The leaders of the three main British political parties have cut a deal to devolve more powers to Scotland if voters reject independence in Thursday's referendum.

Ballot boxes ready ahead of Fiji election

A man looks at the list of candidates for the up coming election in Suva.

Ballot boxes have been delivered to the more than 1400 polling stations set up in Fiji in preparation for tomorrow's vote. Police say more than 3000 officers will assist with security.

US carries out airstrikes in Iraq

F/A-18/C Hornet fighter plane

The United States has carried out airstrikes in Iraq in support of troops who were being attacked by Islamic State fighters. The US has conducted 162 airstrikes across Iraq since August.

Warning over Philippine volcano

Mount Mayon, one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines.

The authorities in the Philippines have ordered the evacuation of 12,000 residents close to the Mayon volcano after signs of increased activity.

Fears for holidaymakers in Bali

The aftermath of the 2002 Bali bombings, which claimed 202 lives.

Bali police are not aware of any plans to attack the holiday island but they are increasing vigilance as the Islamic State creeps into Indonesia, amid fears holidaymakers could be targets.

30 countries pledge to fight IS

Foreign ministers and leaders at the International Conference on Peace and Security in Iraq in Paris.

Thirty countries have pledged to help Iraq fight Islamic State extremists by all means necessary. The pledge came in a joint statement by foreign ministers meeting in Paris. (AUDIO)

500 migrants feared dead off Malta

An illegal migrant rests after being rescued by the Libyan coastguard.

About 500 migrants are feared dead after their ship was rammed by another boat near Malta last week, a migration body said. The boat is believed to have been sunk by traffickers.

Blackout in force ahead of Fiji election

Fiji First leader Frank Bainimarama.

Police in Fiji say they will not tolerate any breach of the law in the run-up to the elections on Wednesday - the first poll in the Pacific nation in eight years.

Queen urges Scots to think carefully

Queen Elizabeth

The Queen has made her first public comments on the Scottish referendum on independence from Britian, saying she hopes people will think carefully about their future.

Abbott warns of long IS campaign

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Australian forces could be involved in the United States-led operation against Islamic State militants for many months, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.

Pope conducts modern wedding mass

Brides and grooms during their wedding ceremony at St Peter's Basilica.

Pope Francis has presided over the marriage of 20 couples at the Vatican, including some who were cohabiting, one of which has a child and another who was divorced.

Australia to deploy force to Middle East

Australia's contribution will include eight Super Hornet aircraft.

Australia will send 600 military personnel to the Middle East as part of international efforts to wipe out Islamic State extremists after receiving a request from the US government.

Hostage murder 'pure evil' - Cameron

An image grab from a video released by Islamic State purportedly shows a militant threatening to kill David Haines.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has described the killing of David Haines as an "act of pure evil", after the release of a video purporting to show the UK hostage's beheading.

Fiji prepares for first poll in 8 years

Fiji First leader Frank Bainimarama addresses the rally in Suva.

Campaigning in Fiji for the general election is all but over and parties are beginning to remove banners, stickers and signs ahead of polling day on 17 September. (AUDIO)

100 rescued from Philippines ferry

A helicopter hovers above the site where  a ferry collided with a ship near the central Philippine city of Cebu in August 2013.

At least 100 people have been rescued, and two confirmed dead, after a ferry sank in bad weather in the central Philippines.

Scottish vote too close to call - polls

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Tens of thousands of supporters of both sides in the Scottish referendum debate have taken to the streets on the final weekend before Thursday's vote on whether to split from Britain.

Ukraine forces 'repel rebels at airport'


Ukrainian troops say they have repelled an attack by pro-Russian rebels on Donetsk airport, after gunfire was heard from the area which is controlled by government forces.

Minister criticises Pistorius ruling

South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius cries in the dock during the verdict in his murder trial, Pretoria, South Africa, on September 11, 2014.

A South African minister has said the acquittal of athlete Oscar Pistorius of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp is "not based on facts" and "extremely disappointing".