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Scottish Tory leader: 'It's most important vote of our lives'

Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson said there is no going back after a Yes vote. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has said the referendum will be "the most important vote any of us will cast in our lifetime".

She added: "We are not being asked to pick a government for five years, but to choose whether or not to break our country apart forever. There will be no going back after a Yes vote.

"The risks of separation are risks that we don't have to take as a country. Change is coming - sweeping new powers to put the Scottish Parliament in charge of tax and welfare.

"But we will ensure that change doesn't come at the cost of our security and prosperity."

Gunmen fire at students as they storm Nigerian college

Gunmen have stormed a government college in Nigeria firing at students and setting off an explosion, Reuters reports.

It is not known what the toll of dead or wounded from the attack on the Kano Federal College of Education in the north of the country is.

The perpetrators have yet to claim responsibility, but Islamist militant group Boko Haram is likely to be a prime suspect.

Kano military spokesman Captain Okechukwu Eze said: "Our men are already there. I've called them and they've said the crowd is too big. We are yet to establish the exact number who were injured or killed."

In July at least 82 people died in a double suicide bombing in the nearby city of Kaduna.

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Dixons Carphone hopes to take on 800 Phones 4u staff

Dixons Carphone has offered to take on 800 of the 5,600 staff who faced being out of work after the collapse of mobile phone retailer Phones 4u.

The jobs are for staff who currently work at Phones 4u concessions within Currys/PC World stores, which were recently taken over by Dixons Carphone.

A statement on the company website said: "With regards to our Phones 4U shop-in-shop colleagues we hope to help them secure new roles with us and are opening up discussions with the administrators to agree our position."

Dixons Carphone also tweeted that roles could be available for Phones 4u staff at Carphone Warehouse and Dixons.

More hope was offered by reports that network operators Vodafone and EE may be willing to buy part of Phones 4u's business.

Poll suggests support for independence slips to 48%

Scottish support for independence has slipped slightly to 48%, according to a Panelbase survey released one day before the historic referendum.

The Panelbase poll suggests support for Scottish independence has slipped to 48% Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The poll, which was not carried out for any media outlet, showed 52% of those questioned supported staying in the UK when stripping out the 5% of people who said they were still undecided.

The last Panelbase survey for the Scottish referendum - published last Saturday - put support for independence at 49%, with pro-unionists at 51%.

Salmond: 191 currencies around the world make it work

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond appears confident that a Scottish currency could work, telling ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby:

Salmond: Tories' 'private words' more convincing than public ones

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has told ITV News the "private words" of Conservative politicians are more convincing than their public statements.

ITV News Westminster Producer Adam Smith wrote on Twitter:

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Police teams gather to search for Alice Gross

Metropolitan Police teams have gathered in Hanwell in west London to search for missing teenager Alice Gross.

Earlier a couple came forward to say they had seen the bag Alice was carrying on August 28th.

ITV News reporter Sejal Karia is following developments in the local area.

Ebola could cause economic ruin for West Africa

Liberia is already in a state of emergency following the worst Ebola outbreak ever. Credit: Reuters

The most devastating ever outbreak of Ebola could cause economic ruin in West Africa if it is not contained by the end of next year, the World Bank said.

Slow containment of the disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could lead to it spreading further.

In the worst-case scenario Guinea's economic growth could shrink by 2.3%, while Sierra Leone's growth would cut by 8.9%.

But Liberia would be hardest hit with a reduction of 11.7% growth, a statement from the global development leader said.

Three more arrested over Pennie Davis murder

Pennie Davis was found dead in New Forest, Hampshire. Credit: Hampshire Police

Three more people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Pennie Davis.

Hampshire Police said they had detained a 28-year-old woman, a 29-year-old man and 46-year-old man on suspicion of assisting an offender.

The mother-of-five, 47, was stabbed to death as she tended to her horses in the New Forest on September 2.

Her body was discovered by her husband Pete, who she had married just four months before.

Justin Robertson, 36, has been charged with her murder. Leanne Doyle, 24, has been charged with assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice.

The latest arrests bring the total number of people detained over the incident to eight.

Foreign Office 'aware' of Britons quizzed in Thailand

The Foreign Office is "aware" Thai police have spoken to British nationals in connection with the murder of two British backpackers in the country, a spokeswoman said:

We are aware of reports that the Thai police have spoken to British nationals in connection with the case. The investigation is a matter for the Thai authorities. We stand ready to provide consular assistance if required.

– Foreign Office spokeswoman
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