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Royal and Ancient Golf Club votes to 'welcome women as members'

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club has voted overwhelmingly to welcome women as members, it has confirmed.

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French fighter jets will soon strike IS militants in Iraq

President Francois Hollande said French fighter jets will soon strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq once reconnaissance missions have identified targets.

French President Francois Hollande. Credit: Liewig Christian/ABACA

When asked when French airstrikes in Iraq would begin, he told a news conference: "As soon as we have identified targets, that means in a short time frame.

"It will be air support to protect Iraqi soldiers and Kurdish Peshmerga forces to reduce and weaken this terrorist group."

Foreign Secretary: IS videos distressing for families

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says he has not seen a new IS video which appears to show a British hostage who was kidnapped in Syria in 2012.

Mr Hammond says such videos "can be very distressing for the families of the individuals involved" and the British government is doing everything it can to help British hostages and their relatives.

In pictures: Scotland goes to the polls

Excited voters have queued to make sure their voices are heard as Scotland decides whether to stay within the United Kingdom or end a 300-year-old union and become independent.

People wait to place their votes at a polling station in Edinburgh, Scotland. Credit: Reuters/Paul Hacket
A 'Yes' campaign supporter sits outside a polling station during the referendum on Scottish independence in Pitlochry, Scotland. Credit: Reuters/Russell Cheyn
Poll clerk George MacKay sits in the Coulags caravan polling station, in the Scottish Highlands. Credit: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

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How heavy fog could delay the referendum result

A heavy fog in the Western Isles is threatening to thwart a plan to gather all the Islanders votes by plane.

A person holds a pen ready to mark their ballot paper. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Eilean Sar was meant to be one of the first to declare after it was decided to bring a plane in to gather votes but it won't be able to fly unless the fog clears.

A decision will be taken when the polls close on whether to use a boat instead and that could delay the final declaration by several hours meaning a referendum result wouldn't be known until around 7 or 8am tomorrow morning.

Of course, depending on the way declarations have gone elsewhere we could already have a winner by then.

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