Extent of Antarctic sea ice reaches record levels, scientists say
Scientists say the extent of Antarctic sea ice cover is at its highest level since records began.
by Jane Ryan and Sam Ikin
Fate of United Kingdom hangs in balance after latest Scotland polls
Scots independence battle reaches fever pitch on streets and screens.
by Reuters

NATO members start supplying weapons to Kiev – Ukrainian Defense Minister
Comments came days after similar statement by Ukrainian presidential aide sparked rash of denials.
by RT.com
US cancels military drills with Russia
Annual Air Force exercise near Alaska involves the US, Canada, and Russia.
by Press TV

North Korea Sentences Detained American Tourist to 6 Years in Labor Camp: Reports
State-run news claims, “He committed acts hostile to the (North) while entering the territory… under the guise of a tourist last April.”
by RIA Novosti
Turkish Government Can Now Legally Monitor Every Internet User in Turkey
Users’ browsing history to be archived.
by Mustafa Akyol

Taliban militants held on suspicion of Malala shooting
Pakistan army arrests Islamic militants.
by The Times
Russia warns US against strikes on Islamic State in Syria
Russian foreign ministry spokesman said any such action would be “an act of aggression.”
by BBC

Russia, Iran discuss grain-for-oil barter deal
Russian grains to Iran in exchange for oil.
by Reuters
Egypt: Two Brotherhood members get 20 years in jail
Men were accused of kidnapping a police officer and security personnel.
by Xinhuanet

Dutch report: Malaysia jet downed in Ukraine by 'high-energy objects'
Shrapnel tore into plane.
by Christopher Werth, Carol J. Williams
Scottish independence campaign gaining ground, polls suggest
“Yes” vote at 51% and “no” at 49%.
by Susannah Cullinane

Arms firms implicated in illegal US drone strikes ‘bought influence’ at NATO summit
Presence at NATO signaled their inherent capacity to buy political influence behind closed doors.
by RT
US Weighs Additional Embassy Security as Senators Near Release of CIA 'Torture Report'
Republicans fearing “another Benghazi-like” event.
by Associated Press

UK In "Full Panic Mode", Rains Brimstone, Bribes On Scotland As "Yes" To Independence Poll Crosses 50%
The usual commentariat until recently was swearing the Yes vote has zero chance
by Zero Hedge
Western military charter plane lands in Iran
Plane was chartered from Fly Dubai, a company based in the United Arab Emirates.
by Adam Goldman and Karen DeYoung