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Cameron makes business case for a United Kingdom

The Prime Minister was making the business case for Scotland remaining in the United Kingdom today at a business dinner in Glasgow.

Speaking just three weeks before Scots go to the polls, he said the UK was the "greatest merger in history" and one of the "oldest and most successful single markets in the world."

But as ITV News Correspondent Martin Geissler reports, not everyone is convinced:

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Shopping centre launches 'Ginger Discount' weekend

Red-heads and ginger-nuts are being invited to a special event in Aberdeen this weekend - as one of the town's shopping centres launches a Ginger Discount event.

Ginger people - or even those willing to don a ginger wig - will be able to claim 10 per cent off in a range of stores in the Union Square complex, including Nandos, Superdry, Cotwold Outdoor and TM Lewin.

The offer was inspired by Richard Macrae's joke 'Ginger Discount Card'
The offer was inspired by Richard Macrae's joke 'Ginger Discount Card' Credit: SWNS

The event was inspired by Aberdeen man Richard Macrae, aged 30, who received a joke 'Ginger Discount Card' for his birthday and claims to have made around £200 of savings by handing it over at the till.

Ryan Manson, general manager of Union Square, told the Evening Express:

Richards tongue-in-cheek card made us laugh so much that we thought we should make the discount official – even if it’s for one weekend only.

Ginger Aberdonians can eat and shop from participating retailers with fantastic discounts that are sure to keep them out of the red.

– Ryan Manson, Union Square general manager

Police seize record haul of cocaine 'disguised as coal'

A record 6.5 tonnes of cocaine has been seized by police in Peru who believe drugs traffickers were trying to bring the load into Europe disguised as coal.

Seven Peruvians and two Mexicans were arrested by officers after a raid at a warehouse in Huanchaco, near the city of Trujillo.

Bricks of cocaine were glued to the inside of blocks of coal
Bricks of cocaine were glued to the inside of blocks of coal Credit: Reuters

The Class A drugs were packed into brick-sized packets and glued inside of large chunks of coal.

President of Peru Ollanta Humala welcomed the seizure as a major step forward in tackling drug crime in the country, considered by the US and the UN to be the world's top cocaine producer.

This is, without doubt, the most important blow to drug trafficking in the history of the republic.

– President of Peru Ollanta Humala

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Obama: Russia 'trains, arms and funds' Ukraine rebels

US President Barack Obama has warned that Russia faces "more costs and consequences" if it continues to aid rebels in eastern Ukraine.

President Obama
President Obama Credit: Reuters

In a news conference at the White House, he said:

The violence is encouraged by Russia. The separatists are trained by Russia. They are armed by Russia. They are funded by Russia. Russia has repeatedly and deliberately violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and the new images of Russian forces inside Ukraine make that plain for the world to see ...

As a result of the actions Russia has already taken, and the major sanctions we have imposed with our European and international partners, Russia is already more isolated than at any time since the Cold War ... This ongoing Russian incursion into Ukraine will only bring more costs and consequences for Russia.

– president Obama

WHO unveils £300m plan to contain Ebola epidemic

Almost £300 million ($490m) will be ploughed into trying to contain the Ebola epidemic, the World Health Organisation has announced.

Some £296m will go towards trying to stop the spread of the virus over the next nine months, after projections suggested it could infect people in another 10 countries beyond the four currently affected - Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria.

World Health Organization assistant director General Bruce Aylward outlines their plan for tackling the epidemic
World Health Organization assistant director General Bruce Aylward outlines their plan for tackling the epidemic Credit: Reuters

It comes after the UN health agency warned the disease could affect more than 20,000 people, with the estimated number of cases already thought to be up to three times higher than the known 3,069.

The current outbreak has killed more than 1,500 people in the West African countries.

Could Apple's brief message herald arrival of iPhone 6?

Apple has released a cryptic invitation to an event at which it is expected to announce the latest incarnation of its popular smartphone - iPhone 6.

Apple's brief invitation raises more questions than it answers
Apple's brief invitation raises more questions than it answers

Media outlets received a tantalisingly brief message consisting of a date, and the words "Wish we could say more".

Many experts are predicting that iPhone 6 will be the first to come in two different sizes - a 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch model - and that it will feature better connectivity to other smart appliances.

Apple may also choose the event, which is to take place at its headquarters in Cupertino, California, to unveil its long-awaited iWatch.

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