Polls open in Scotland for historic independence vote
It's voting day in Scotland where residents are deciding on whether to become independent from Britian. Polls opened under dreary skies in Edinburgh where the first batch of voters willing to speak said they voted YES, for independence. In Glasgow,the deputy leader of the secessionist party Nicola Sturgeon cast her ballot.... a short while later unionist supporter and former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown cast his. The front pages of Scottish newspapers reminded their readers of the momentous nature of the poll. Opinion on the eve of the vote show a neck and neck contest with hundreds of thousands of voters saying they were still undecided. Results of the referendum should be known by early Friday.
Australian officials carry out sweeping counter-terrorism raids
Australian police conduct massive anti-terrorism raids Thursday to thwart planned acts of violence against the public.Hundreds of heavily armed police in Sydney and Brisbane stormed into homes and businesses before dawn and have detained at least 15 people.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE ACTING COMMISSIONER ANDREW COLVIN SAYING: "Police believe that this group that we have executed this operation on today had the intention and had started to carry out planning to commit violent acts here in Australia. Those violent acts particularly related to random acts against members of the public."
Local media say authorities had information that the group supported Islamic State and were planning attacks that included snatching someone and executing them on camera. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER TONY ABBOTT SAYING: "That's the intelligence we received. The exhortations, quite direct exhortations were coming from an Australian who is apparently quite senior in ISIL to networks of support back in Australia to conduct demonstration killings here in this country, so this is not just suspicion, this is intent and that's why the police and security agencies decided to act in the way they have."
Abbott said there are at least 60 Australians who are currently serving with Islamic State and other terror groups in the Middle East.
Thai PM makes insensitive comment about tourist murders
Grieving family members of a slain British tourist met with officials in Thailand Thursday. Relatives of 23 year old Hannah Witheridge- one of two British tourists found dead on a Thai beach Monday- met with Thai police and British embassy officials to discuss the ongoing investigation. Witheridge's mutilated body, along with that of 24 year old David Miller, were found on the resort island of Koh Tao. Police are investigating locals and foreigners as possible suspects. The incident is threatening the country's already shaky tourism industry. The number of visitors is down 10 percent from last year after the army staged a coup in May. And recent comments about the murders from general turned Prime Minister Pruyuth Chan-ocha aren't helping.
周四，泰国官员接见了一名遇难的英国游客悲痛的家人。23岁的Hannah Witheridge——周一在泰国沙滩发现的两名遇难英国游客中的一人——她的亲人得到了泰国警方和英国大使馆官员的接见，讨论仍在进行的调查问题。Witheridge和24岁的David Miller残缺的尸体在Koh Tao度假小岛被发现。警方正在调查有嫌疑的当地人和外国人。该事故对泰国原本已经岌岌可危的旅游业造成了威胁。五月份的军事政变后，泰国的游客人数比去年减少了10%。最近由将军成为总理的巴育对该谋杀事件的评论并未提供任何帮助。
(SOUNDBITE)(Thai) PRIME MINISTER PRAYUTH CHAN-OCHA SAYING: "We have to understand them (tourists). They think Thailand is beautiful and safe. They can do whatever they want, wear bikinis everywhere. But I want to ask if they think they'll be safe wearing bikinis in Thailand-- unless they are unattractive."
The Thai tourism industry accounts for 10 percent of the country's economy.