President Obama has said that John Kerry, who has been nominated as Secretary of State to replace Hillary Clinton, has "earned the respect" of leaders around the world and has played a central role in foreign policy.
President Obama said that Kerry had been "exemplary" in his role and considered him to be a "good friend." He added that he was "confident" that the Senate would confirm Kerry quickly.
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One story dominates Thursday's front pages with some newspapers printing emotive pleas to voters to keep the United Kingdom as one.
After a mild start temperatures should pick up, with the south of England seeing highs of 26C.
In Edinburgh tonight you can hear it and feel it. The buzz, the banter of the day and the thrilling sense something big is coming tomorrow.