Brendan Vaughan, the British man thought to have been killed in Nigeria by an Islamic extremist group, was "likely to have been murdered in cold blood", the Foreign Secretary said.
William Hague added that the UK had "worked closely" with Nigeria over the last few weeks, and expressed his thanks to the Nigerian authorities.
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However the vote goes, bonds of blood, history and geography mean the people of the Scottish borders will stay closely linked to England.
Alex Salmond could be hailed the future leader of a new country, but there is still no agreement on how an independent Scotland would work.