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Ghani named next Afghan president after power-sharing deal

Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah (L) and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai shake hands after signing a power-sharing agreement at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. (AFP)
Kabul - 

Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was declared Afghanistan's next president on Sunday, hours after signing a power-sharing deal with his rival Abdullah Abdullah that ended a prolonged standoff over the disputed result.

Spat as British PM targets 'unfairness' left by Scottish vote

British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the media outside 10 Downing Street in London. (AFP)
London - 

British Prime Minister David Cameron insisted on Sunday that further devolution promised to Scotland could not leave England "overridden", as initial relief over the Scottish people's decision to reject independence gave way to squabbling over powers.

Ukraine says won't pull back troops without full ceasefire

Kiev - 

Ukraine insisted Sunday it would not pull back its troops from the frontline until all sides cease fire under a peace plan aimed at ending five months of bloodshed in the rebel-held east.

Russian fighters intercepted by US near Alaska

Washington - 

Two Russian fighters entered a US "air defence identification zone" two days ago and were intercepted by American F-22 jets near Alaska, military officers said Friday.

White House evacuated after man jumps fence

Washington - 

A man triggered an evacuation at the White House late Friday after he scaled a fence and made it into the building before being captured.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond. (AFP)

Scotland fears loss of new powers in referendum hangover

Edinburgh - 

Having rejected independence and lost First Minister Alex Salmond, Scotland woke up to an unsettled future Saturday as fears grew that new powers promised by London will prove a disappointment.

Ukrainian former president Leonid Kuchma. (AFP)

Rival Ukraine forces ready pullback under new peace plan

Kiev - 

Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia militias were due Saturday to pull back their troops from a demilitarised zone created under a new peace plan agreed in marathon overnight talks.

Scotland votes 'No', decides to remain part of United Kingdom in historic referendum

Scotland votes 'No', decides to remain part of United Kingdom in historic referendum

Edinburgh - 

Scottish voters have resoundingly rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.