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In brief: Scottish officials release manifesto

Glascow, Scotland – An independent Scotland would be richer, fairer and nuclear-free but would keep the British pound, the queen and membership in the European Union, the Scottish government pledged Tuesday, laying out its most comprehensive blueprint for secession from Great Britain.

With less than a year before Scotland votes on whether to seek a divorce from England and Wales, campaigners for the “Yes” side released a nearly-700-page document outlining the practicalities and priorities of independence.

But the manifesto immediately came under attack. Opponents accused Scottish officials of evading tough questions and of misleading voters about the obstacles Scotland would face as an independent nation of 5 million people.

Troops will deploy to Central Africa

Paris – French officials said Tuesday that they would deploy troops to the Central African Republic amid reports of violent chaos and warnings that the country could be sliding toward a sectarian civil war.

The French force would support African peacekeepers and wait for a United Nations resolution authorizing the deployment, expected next week, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told French radio.



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