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Gap narrows as Independence referendum approaches

As decision day for Scotland fast approaches, another opinion poll appears to confirm the gap between pro-independence and anti is narrowing fast.

The YouGov poll in tomorrow's Sun newspaper suggests a 22% gap of less than a month ago has closed to six.

Among those who have decided which way they are going to vote, 53% are against independence, with 47% for it.

ITV News Correspondent Martin Geissler reports.

More: Salmond urges 'missing million' to register to vote


Pro-Russian rebels advance against government forces

Pro-Russian rebels have advanced against government forces during fighting around the airports in Luhansk and Donetsk, as well as moving toward the strategic port of Mariupol.

Separatists also killed two sailors when a Ukrainian naval vessel was hit by artillery fired from the shore - the first such attack since the conflict began in April.

ITV News' Europe Editor James Mates reports from Donetsk:

Ashya case pits parents against doctors and police

The case of Ashya King has pitted his parents against his British doctors - and for that matter the police here too. The authorities' responsibility towards the boy appears to have trumped those of his parents.

ITV News health editor Catherine Jones has been looking at who should be deciding Ashya's best interests:

Read: Ashya King's relatives attack parents' arrest in Spain

Parents remain behind bars almost 300 miles from Ashya

The couple who took their seriously ill son to Spain are to be kept in jail in Madrid - nearly three hundred miles from his new hospital bed in Malaga. A judge told them they could be there for three days while he decides whether to extradite them to Britain.

ITV News reporter Sejal Karia has the latest from the court where they appeared:

Read: Ashya King's relatives attack parents' arrest in Spain


Poll: UK Public 'oppose airstrikes on Islamic State'

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa.
A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa, Iraq. Credit: Reuters

The majority of the British public still oppose airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, according to a poll.

Research by ComRes for the Independent found 35% of people thought the UK should take the action, compared to 50% who disagreed.

The idea of committing ground troops is even less popular, with just 20% in favour and 69% opposed.

The findings emerged after David Cameron again refused completely to rule out joining an international air campaign against IS.

Some 61% supported taking away the passports and citizenship of Britons suspected of joining the extremist group.

ComRes interviewed 1,001 adults by telephone between August 29 and 31. Data were weighted to represent the population and by past vote recall.

More: Communities need help to stop extremism at its roots

Poll shows Scottish Independence vote narrowing

The Scottish Independence 'no vote' has collapsed to just a six point lead compared to a 22 point lead less than a month ago, a new poll has found.

Now 53% of those questioned would vote 'No' compared to 47% for the 'Yes' camp, with 'Don't know' responses stripped from the YouGov/The Sun poll.

With opinions hardening, some 85% say they are certain to vote, which is up from 82% on August 15.

Watching movies 'makes you eat more snacks'

Watching an action movie is worse for your waistline than switching on a talk show, new research has found.

A study found that viewing choice has a direct effect on the amount of snacks people consume in front of the TV.

A selection of snacks
Credit: PA

Volunteers gobbled twice as much while glued to a fast-paced action thriller than when they were entertained by celebrities being interviewed.

Lead researcher Dr Aner Tal, from Cornell University in the US, said: "We find that if you're watching an action movie while snacking your mouth will see more action too.

"In other words, the more distracting the programme is the more you will eat."

Despite all being offered the same snacks, volunteers watching the action movie also consumed more calories - 354 compared with 215 for participants screened the chat show.

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