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Scots spurn independence in historic vote, devolution battle begins

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EDINBURGH - 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. | Video

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Britain must honour pledge to grant Scotland powers, Gordon Brown says 11:06am BST

EDINBURGH - Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown told British leaders on Saturday that they must honour their promise to grant further powers to Scotland after voters backed staying in the United Kingdom in an independence referendum.

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Queen says sure Scots will come together after referendum divisions 19 Sep 2014

LONDON - The Queen said on Friday she was sure Scots will be able to come together in a spirit of mutual respect after the divisions of their independence referendum.

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Scots vote shows pitfalls, opportunities for EU referendum 19 Sep 2014

PARIS/BRUSSELS - Scotland's vote against independence offers lessons for British politicians and their European partners faced with a referendum on whether to stay in the EU which Prime Minister David Cameron has promised for 2017.

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Cameron risks backlash by uncorking Britain's 'constitutional genie' 19 Sep 2014

LONDON - Scotland's "No" to independence may have saved Prime Minister David Cameron his job, but sweeping pledges of a constitutional shake-up could undermine his re-election drive and trigger more political instability.

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Russian vote monitor denounces London pressure in Scottish 'no' vote 19 Sep 2014

MOSCOW - The director of a pro-Kremlin vote monitoring agency which sent observers to Scotland's referendum denounced the result on Friday, saying Scots were pressured into rejecting independence to avoid comparisons with Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine.

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Italy's Northern League founder Bossi saddened by Scottish vote 19 Sep 2014

ROME - The founder of Italy's pro-devolution, anti-immigrant Northern League expressed bitter disappointment at the result of the Scottish independence referendum and said voters had been intimidated by the media.

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Bank of England says its bond-buying failed to boost bank lending 19 Sep 2014

LONDON - The Bank of England's 375 billion pounds of stimulus pumped into Britain's financial system did not boost bank lending, research from the central bank showed on Friday, although it helped turn the economy round in other ways.

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EU relief at Scotland's 'no' tinged with fear of nationalism 19 Sep 2014

BRUSSELS/PARIS - European Union and NATO officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday at Scotland's clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted that the genie of separatism may be out of the bottle in Europe.

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Nationalists push for Irish unity vote after 'inspiring' Scottish referendum 19 Sep 2014

DUBLIN - Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said Scotland's "inspiring" referendum on independence would accelerate a vote to unite Ireland, a prospect quickly dismissed by Unionists who share power in Northern Ireland.