1. Scots spurn independence in historic vote, devolution battle begins
    Published by Reuters on 2014-09-20 at 04:34:02

    EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scotland spurned independence and saved a union dating back 300 years in a historic referendum but its defeated leader said it would hold London to last minute offers of more power that could radically reshape the United Kingdom.

    101 twitter shares, 7564 retweets and 222 favorites
    544 shares and 753 likes on Facebook
    13 Google+ Shares and 9 plus ones
    43 shares on LinkedIn

  2. Ebola lockdown brings Sierra Leone capital to a halt
    Published by Reuters on 2014-09-20 at 01:52:51

    FREETOWN (Reuters) – Streets in the capital of Sierra Leone were deserted on Friday as the West African state began a contested, three-day lockdown in a bid to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record.

    101 twitter shares, 7649 retweets and 42 favorites
    106 shares and 68 likes on Facebook
    3 Google+ Shares
    15 shares on LinkedIn

  3. Russia critical of MH17 inquiry, wants bigger U.N. role
    Published by Reuters on 2014-09-20 at 00:42:38

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia on Friday criticized an international investigation into the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine, saying it can be transparent only with more U.N. involvement, even though the world body found the inquiry met …

    84 twitter shares, 5850 retweets and 61 favorites
    22 shares on Facebook
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  4. Indian TV news anchor fired after calling Xi Jinping ‘Eleven’
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-09-19 at 14:22:21

    Newsreader mistakes Chinese president’s name for Roman numerals following his visit to India to boost economic ties Continue reading…

    103 twitter shares, 739 retweets and 61 favorites
    1329 shares and 2925 likes on Facebook
    9 Google+ Shares, 27 plus ones and 3 reshares
    10 shares on LinkedIn

  5. Iranian Pharrell Williams fans behind Happy video sentenced
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-09-19 at 20:20:00

    Seven young Iranians seen dancing in video that went viral handed suspended sentences of jail and 91 lashes each Continue reading…

    100 twitter shares, 74 retweets and 9 favorites
    2443 shares and 2170 likes on Facebook
    8 Google+ Shares and 2 plus ones
    10 shares on LinkedIn
    2 views on StumbleUpon

  6. Ukraine signs buffer zone deal with rebels
    Published by Yahoo News on 2014-09-20 at 14:59:39

    Kiev (AFP) – Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian militias were due Saturday to pull back their troops from a demilitarised zone created under a new peace plan agreed in marathon overnight talks.

    103 twitter shares, 3596 retweets and 79 favorites
    77 shares and 148 likes on Facebook
    2 Google+ Shares and 1 plus ones
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  7. Sierra Leone begins Ebola lockdown
    Published by BBC on 2014-09-19 at 22:28:32

    A three-day curfew is under way in Sierra Leone to enable health workers to find and isolate cases of Ebola, but critics warn it will achieve little.

    101 twitter shares, 2137 retweets and 30 favorites
    519 shares and 258 likes on Facebook
    12 Google+ Shares, 11 plus ones and 1 reshares
    11 shares on LinkedIn

  8. Iran Happy dancers given 91 lashes
    Published by BBC on 2014-09-19 at 14:44:36

    Six Iranians arrested for filming a video tribute to Pharrell Williams’ song Happy are sentenced to 91 lashes and jail terms, their lawyer says.

    100 twitter shares, 82 retweets and 19 favorites
    1712 shares and 1031 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 12 plus ones and 2 reshares
    3 shares on LinkedIn
    7 views on StumbleUpon

  9. Jacqui Lambie desecrated memory of Afghanistan hero, photographer says
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-09-20 at 09:54:26

    Canadian photographer furious Palmer United party senator used her photo of Afghanistans first female police officer in anti-burqa social media post Continue reading…

    74 twitter shares, 676 retweets and 36 favorites
    630 shares and 1564 likes on Facebook
    2 shares on LinkedIn

  10. Turkish hostages seized in Iraq freed
    Published by AlJazeera on 2014-09-20 at 16:53:07

    The 46 Turkish nationals, including diplomats and children, were seized from Mosul in June, along with three Iraqis.

    101 twitter shares, 906 retweets and 16 favorites
    346 shares and 1603 likes on Facebook
    2 Google+ Shares
    6 shares on LinkedIn

  11. Anti-Islam ad campaign to run on New York City buses and subways
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-09-20 at 03:30:08

    Blogger paid $100,000 to place ads, one of which was rejected by MTA on grounds it could incite or provoke violence Continue reading…

    103 twitter shares, 2144 retweets and 41 favorites
    164 shares and 80 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares
    13 shares on LinkedIn

  12. DealBook Analysis: Alibaba’s Shares Close Up 38% on First Day of Trading
    Published by The New York times on 2014-09-20 at 04:30:17

    The company made a splashy debut Friday and closed at $93.89 a share, reflecting the strong demand for stock in the Chinese e-commerce behemoth.

    666 shares and 1473 likes on Facebook
    12 Google+ Shares
    238 shares on LinkedIn
    96 views on StumbleUpon

  13. Turkish hostages freed, jihadists advance in Syria
    Published by Yahoo News on 2014-09-20 at 16:21:49

    Istanbul (AFP) – Forty-nine Turks were freed Saturday more than three months after the Islamic State group kidnapped them in Iraq, as tens of thousands fled across the Syrian border from the advancing jihadists.

    92 twitter shares, 2272 retweets and 13 favorites
    27 shares and 5 likes on Facebook

  14. British Muslim scholars tell Isis that holding hostage goes against Qur’an
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-09-19 at 22:45:57

    Video appeal from the orthodox Salafi school of Islamic thought calls for Isis to release British aid worker Alan Henning Continue reading…

    101 twitter shares, 1056 retweets and 15 favorites
    375 shares and 715 likes on Facebook
    3 Google+ Shares
    2 shares on LinkedIn

  15. Dozens of Turkish Hostages Held by Islamic State Are Freed
    Published by The New York times on 2014-09-20 at 15:12:18

    Forty-nine hostages held for months in Iraq were returned to Turkey on Saturday after what Turkey said was a covert operation led by its intelligence agency.

    102 twitter shares, 1765 retweets and 36 favorites
    96 shares and 8 likes on Facebook
    2 Google+ Shares and 2 plus ones
    3 shares on LinkedIn

  16. Slippery banana study wins Ig Nobel
    Published by BBC on 2014-09-19 at 07:18:00

    Research that investigated why bananas are slippery when you step on them wins one of this year’s Ig Nobel prizes.

    100 twitter shares, 72 retweets and 13 favorites
    912 shares and 858 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares and 1 plus ones
    11 shares on LinkedIn
    3 views on StumbleUpon

  17. Putin considers plan to unplug Russia from the internet ‘in an emergency’
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-09-19 at 21:47:00

    Kremlin to discuss taking control of the .ru domain and measures to disconnect Russians from the web in the event of unrest Continue reading…

    101 twitter shares, 445 retweets and 27 favorites
    588 shares and 408 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 14 plus ones and 2 reshares
    66 shares on LinkedIn
    142 views on StumbleUpon

  18. Texas court upholds right to take ‘upskirt’ pictures
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-09-20 at 02:13:21

    Judges strike down part of statute, saying inherently expressive medium of photography is part of right to free speech Continue reading…

    101 twitter shares, 310 retweets and 21 favorites
    807 shares and 542 likes on Facebook
    6 Google+ Shares, 5 plus ones and 2 reshares
    5 shares on LinkedIn

  19. Ukrainian president makes emotional plea to Congress for greater US support – video
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-09-19 at 00:24:58

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko appeals to the US Congress on Thursday, for lethal and non-lethal military aid and more sanctions. Poroshenko made the appeal during his visit to Washington to bolster US support for his strategy in handling Russian-ba…

    77 twitter shares, 1620 retweets and 40 favorites
    16 shares and 3 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares and 2 plus ones
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  20. Turkish hostages in Iraq released
    Published by BBC on 2014-09-20 at 16:06:35

    Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June are freed and brought back to Turkey.

    103 twitter shares, 984 retweets and 31 favorites
    280 shares and 214 likes on Facebook
    8 Google+ Shares and 4 plus ones
    2 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

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