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Will David Cameron devolution offer lead to federal UK?

Pro-union supporters celebrate as the Scottish independence referendum result is announced at a “Better Together” event — AFP

The reforms would likely see Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish MPs barred from voting on issues that do not affect their constituents, such as health and education

Scotland vote inspires separatist movements

Balochistan, Catalonia, Quebec separatists demand Scots-style vote

Iraq’s top Shia cleric hails foreign aid against rebels

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani

Iraq’s most important Shia religious leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani endorsed international intervention against ISIS in the country on Friday, following US and French airstrikes, but called for

Three-day lockdown in Sierra Leone to curb Ebola spread

A World Health Organisation worker trains nurses to use Ebola protective gear in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Thursday. —AP

Sierra Leone’s normally chaotic capital was transformed on Friday as residents were confined to their homes for the start of a three-day lockdown aimed at halting the deadly Ebola epidemic.

US: Cameras on body for border patrol on trial basis

The US Border Patrol said body cameras would be tried with its agents from October following allegations over abuse and use of excessive force, as Washington gave the agency authority to investigate s

Banana skin study wins Ig Nobel

Nobel Laureates Eric Maskin (left) and Rich Roberts examine sausages at the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony at Harvard University. AP

Researchers who measured the slipperiness of banana peels, the ability of pork strips to stop nosebleeds and the reactions of reindeer to humans in polar bear suits were among the winners of this year

India caps prices of 36 more drugs

India has capped the prices of 36 drugs, including those used to treat infections and diabetes, in its latest move to make essential medicines more affordable, a senior official of the country’s drug

Nepal clears GMR’s $1.4billion hydroelectric plant

GMR chairman G.M. Rao

Nepal’s centre-left cabinet on Thursday cleared the way for Indian firm GMR to build a $1.4 billion hydroelectric plant in the northwest of the country, a cabinet minister said, the Himalayan republic

India imports rice for first time in 25 years

India, the world’s top rice exporter, is preparing to import the grain for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century to feed its remote and hilly northeastern region where rail freight is being

Scotland vote 55-45 to stay in United Kingdom

Pro-union supporters celebrate as Scottish independence referendum results were announced in Glasgow, Scotland, on Friday. — AFP

British PM’s plans mean that greater control would be given to England, Wales and Northern Ireland too

The kindest thing that can be said of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s indifferent performance in the series of byelections since the general election last May is that they are a pointer to the significant role played by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in ensuring the decisive Lok Sabha outcome.

Disasters not only disrupt society, they also distort its basic categories, creating inversions, disrupting normalcy and suspending time in a prolonged way. Return to normalcy then becomes even more difficult and unpredictable.