- - Monday, October 15, 2012

EDINBURGH — Scotland moved a step closer Monday to a vote on independence after Scottish and British leaders signed a deal laying the groundwork for a popular referendum that could alter the shape of the United Kingdom.

Officials from London and Edinburgh have been meeting for weeks to hammer out the details. Sticking points included the date and the wording of the question.

On Monday, British Prime Minister David Cameron met with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond in Edinburgh to approve the deal.

No date was set, but the vote is likely to be held in October 2014, as Mr. Salmond’s nationalists had wished.


Wounded girl lands in U.K. for treatment

BIRMINGHAM, England — A Pakistani teen shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting education for girls and criticizing militants has arrived in Britain, where she is to get specialized care.

The attack on Malala Yousufzai, 14, a week ago horrified people across Pakistan and abroad.

Pakistan’s military said doctors recommended Malala be shifted to a center in the U.K. that has the ability to provide “integrated” care to children with severe injuries.

Malala arrived in Britain on Monday afternoon. She was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in central England, which is also home to the Royal Center for Defense Medicine.


Flight training begins on aircraft carrier

BEIJING — China has begun flight training on its first aircraft carrier, with photographs posted on websites Monday showing navy pilots practicing touch-and-go landing exercises.

Military enthusiast websites posted pictures of a J-15 fighter-bomber executing the maneuver, in which the plane makes brief contact with the flight deck before flying on.

It wasn’t clear when the pictures were taken, and they did not appear on the Defense Ministry’s website or in official media.

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