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SYRIA. IS fighters shot down a Syrian war plane using anti-aircraft guns on Tuesday, the first time the group has downed a military jet, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
IRAQ. The first strike south of Baghdad in a more than month-long US air campaign hit a jihadist target in Sadr al-Yusufiyah, 25 kilometers from the capital, a security spokesman said
INTERNATIONAL. In Paris, 25 countries and Iraq said they're "committed to supporting the new Iraqi government in its fight, by any means necessary, including appropriate military assistance."

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date:Posted: September 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The upcoming Scottish election, whichever way it goes, demonstrates the enormous power of the desire for national self-determination. If it can corrode the British union, it can corrode anything.
date:Posted: September 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Sentiment towards Europe has picked up in the wake of recent monetary policy easing by the ECB; U.K. unpopularity deepens as Scottish independence vote looms.
date:Posted: September 15, 2014
UAE. In the rental market, Cluttons expects affordability to remain central to the rental value growth equation, with rises likely to slow further in the coming months; Residential values in Dubai rise by 3.8%; 19% growth in Abu Dhabi residential capital values over the same period.

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INTERNATIONAL. Bitcoin has followed a volatile path to growing acceptance since its creation in 2009; In this interview finance expert Arturo Bris analyses the risks associated with bitcoin.
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