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Scotland will break away from the
United Kingdom within 20 years, the
defeated leader of the Scots nationalists
predicted overnight, after a poll showed
a majority of voters would back
independence if another referendum
were held today.
In September, 55% of Scots voted
to reject independence in a historic
referendum after Britain’s three main
UK-wide parties promised to grant
greater devolution to Scotland in the
event of a “no” vote.
But in a surprise poll on Saturday, 52%
of those asked said they would now vote
for a breakaway.
Disagreements over how much more
power Scotland will get and over separate
proposals to stop non-English lawmakers
voting on matters that concern England
in the British parliament have clouded
the referendum’s aftermath, with the
Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP)
accusing other parties of backsliding.
Alex Salmond, the SNP’s outgoing
leader who unsuccessfully spearheaded
the independence campaign, said
overnight the desire for change was so
strong, even among those who voted no,
that independence was now inevitable.
Asked if he thought Scotland would
become independent in the next 10 or
20 years, Salmond said: “ Yes. ”
“The destination is set. But the
number of stops along the way and
the exact timetable I think that ’s to be
determined,” he told BBC TV.
“It will actually be determined by the
The SNP lost the referendum but
has bounced back and its ratings
remain high. A poll on Friday showed
52% of voters planned to vote for the
pro-independence party in a UK-wide
election in May next year. — Reuters
Greece’s Orthodox Church has instructed
its priests not to conduct funeral ser vices
for members of the church who plan to be
cremated in violation of Church tradition,
an angry response to recent legislation
that makes it easier for Greeks to choose
cremation over burial.
Greece currently has no cremation facilities
although the practice was legalised years ago.
Parliament this year gave governments the
authority to approve crematoriums, and the
City of Athens has promised to license one
in the next two years.
The Church’s governing Holy Synod on
Friday said the law was part of effort to
“remove faith from every aspect of life.”
The Orthodox Church, which represents
about 98% of country’s population, considers
cremation as being disrespectful to the
body. — AP
Church: No funerals for cremated dead
At least 45 people were killed
overnight when a suicide bomber
blew himself up on the Pakistani-
Indian border, police said, just after
a daily ceremony when troops from
both sides simultaneously lower the
two nations’ flags.
Hundreds of people visit the Wagah
border crossing near the Pakistani city
of Lahore to witness the flags of both
countries being lowered just before
There was no immediate claim of
responsibility for the attack, which
took place on the Pakistani side of the
“The death toll increased to 45,”
the provincial police chief in the
Pakistani city of Lahore told Reuters.
Authorities had earlier put the death
toll at 37.
Pakistani police said they were
investigating and a doctor said up to
70 people had been wounded.
“According to initial information it
was a suicide attack,” inspector general
of Punjab Police, Mushtaq Sukhera,
told local television channels.
“ When ... security was a bit relaxed,
the suicide attacker blew himself up
near a restaurant.”
India and Pakistan have fought three
wars and remain locked in a bitter
conflict over the region of Kashmir,
which both sides claim.
India accuses Pakistan of sponsoring
jihadist groups in the region and
encouraging them to make inroads
into Indian territory to stage attacks
against Indian forces, a charge
“I was sitting in my office near the
border when I heard the blast. I rushed
to the scene and saw scattered bodies,
injured men, women and children and
smashed cars,” a Pakistani intelligence
Media reports earlier said the
explosion was caused by a gas cylinder.
Ashok Kumar, inspector general
of India’s Border Security Force
guarding Wagah, said the blast took
place 500m from the border.
Suicide bomber kills 45 at daily flag ceremony
Children armed with
whistles will soon be
patrolling villages in
central India trying to
shame people defecating
in the open.
Madhya Pradesh state
government is reportedly
set to launch the unusual
Open defecation has
long been a major health
and sanitation problem
in India, with Prime
Minister Narendra Modi
saying every household
should have a toilet
within four years.
A recent report by
the UN children’s fund
almost 594 million — or
nearly half the nation’s
population — defecate in
“It is not just enough
to make ‘pucca’ (proper)
toilets to stop the practice
of open defecation in
rural areas,” Sanjay
Dubey, a divisional
commissioner for Indore
region, told the Press
Trust of India.
“There is also a need to
launch an effective social
drive in such areas to
Children in the Indore
region will be educated
about the need to keep
clean, before being
handed the whistles
and asked to roam their
said. “ This (blowing a
whistle) would make that
person feel shameful and
would help to check this
practice.” — AFP
Children to blow
Islamic State (IS) militants have killed 322
members of an Iraqi tribe in western Anbar
province, including dozens of women and
children whose bodies were dumped in a
well, the government said in the first official
confirmation of the scale of the massacre.
The systematic killings, which one tribal
leader said were continuing overnight, marked
some of the worst bloodshed in Iraq since the
Sunni militants swept through the north in
June with the aim of establishing medieval
caliphate there and in Syria.
The Albu Nimr, also Sunni, had put up fierce
resistance against Islamic State for weeks
but finally ran low on ammunition, food and
fuel last week as IS fighters closed in on their
village Zauiyat Albu Nimr.
“The number of people killed by Islamic
State from Albu Nimr tribe is 322. The bodies
of 50 women and children have also been
discovered dumped in a well,” the country’s
Human Rights Ministry said overnight.
One of the leaders of the tribe, Sheikh
Naeem al-Ga’oud, said that he had repeatedly
asked the central government and army to
provide his men with arms but no action was
State television said Prime Minister Haider
al-Abadi had ordered airstrikes on IS targets
around the town of Hit in response to the
Officials at a government security operations
command centre in Anbar and civilians said
they had not heard of or witnessed airstrikes.
The fall of the village dampened the Shi’ite-
led national government’s hopes the Sunni
tribesmen of Anbar — who once helped US
Marines defeat al Qaeda — would become a
formidable force again and help the army take
on Iraq’s new, far more effective enemy.
US airstrikes have helped Kurdish peshmerga
fighters retake territory in the north that IS
had captured in its drive for an Islamic empire
that redraws the map of the Middle East.
But the picture in Anbar is more precarious.
IS already controls most of the vast desert
province which includes towns in the
Euphrates River valley dominated by Sunni
tribes, running from the Syrian border to the
western outskirts of Baghdad.
If the province falls, it could give IS a better
chance to make good on its threat to march on
the capital. — Reuters
322 Iraqi tribesmen, women, children slain
Last Saturday Nick Darias was helping
people who had been snowed out of their Blue
At the weekend the Katoomba RSL chief
executive again provided shelter and food to
about 100 locals, all forced from their homes
after a bushfire jumped containment lines on
One house was destroyed and several
others damaged in the blaze and Mr Darias,
a born and bred local, is expecting a “long
“It ’s only early days. It ’s only the first week of
November,” he said. “ We’re all hoping for the
best but you can see the trend, it ’s going to be
a long one. Everything is so dry out there, a lot
of things have overgrown and parts of the area
haven’t been burned out.”
Luckily for the locals, Mr Darias and his
staff can turn the RSL into an evacuation
centre within half an hour of being altered by
When the locals were given the all-clear by
police, the RSL fired up its shuttle bus and
began ferrying people back to their properties.
NSW: Snowfall and bushfires in single week
An American firm has developed a
wristband to help people break bad habits by
administering an electric shock.
The user simply picks a bad habit he or she
wishes to tackle and chooses the punishment
the wristband will mete out, which can range
anywhere from a vibration or sound reminder,
to making the wearer pay a fee or sending a
mild electric shock of up to 300 volts.
It is even possible to block the user from
being able to use his or her cellphone.
If on the other hand, the wearer gets up early
as planned, goes to the gym or completes the
hours necessary to complete an academic
paper, then a financial reward is handed out
or a friend is notified.
The wristband has been developed by a
Boston company and contains a Bluetooth
radio that links to a smartphone app.
Pavlok claims the device will allow users
to unlock their potential and seamlessly
transform into the person they want to
become. — Reuters
Wristband shocks to break bad habits
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