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British Prime Minister David Cameron will urge Scots on Friday to heed warnings from the head of the Bank of England and business leaders over voting to become independent in a referendum in six months' time. Cameron will tell the Scottish Conservative Party conference in Edinburgh that the September 18 referendum is a major life choice and no decision should be made without being fully aware of the consequences. Business leaders have raised concerns about Scotland leaving the United Kingdom due to uncertainties over currency, tax, regulatory regimes and European Union membership. All three main UK political parties have ruled out sharing the pound in a sterling zone, which is the Scottish government's preferred currency option if voters back independence.
By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - Prominent Chinese human rights activist Cao Shunli, detained in September for staging sit-ins at the country's foreign ministry, has died, a fellow dissident and one of her lawyers said on Friday, after she was denied medical treatment in detention. Cao's death is likely to trigger an outcry from China's fledgling rights community and criticism from the West, which has expressed concern about her case. The news comes soon after the start of a session in Geneva of the U.N. Human Rights Council, a body to which China was elected amid controversy last November. Cao Shunli's wishes were never accomplished," dissident Hu Jia told Reuters.