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Boris Johnson cannot keep Scotland in union against its will: Sturgeon

LONDON (Reuters) – Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday that he could not keep Scotland in the United Kingdom against the country’s will.

Johnson and his government have repeatedly said they will not give the go ahead for another referendum on Scottish independence, but Sturgeon said after the Scottish National Party won 48 of Scotland’s 59 seats in the UK parliament, her party had been given a mandate for one.

Hundreds of Georgians demand release of doctor detained in separatist South Ossetia

TBILISI (Reuters) – Hundreds of Georgians rallied on the boundary with breakaway South Ossetia on Sunday to demand the release of a prominent doctor who was detained after crossing into the region, controlled by Russia since a 2008 war.

Georgian villagers living near the loosely guarded rural boundary are often detained on similar grounds but the detention of the doctor, a high-profile local figure, has drawn more attention. Colleagues said he was trying to reach a patient.

Aramco shares up 1.6% in third consecutive day of gains

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Aramco <2222.SE> shares gained for a third consecutive day on Sunday, rising 1.63% to 37.4 Saudi riyal ($9.97), pushing the company’s value back toward the $2 trillion level it topped last week.

The state-owned oil company listed 1.5% of its shares at 32 riyals on Riyadh’s Tadawul exchange <.TASI> on Dec 11 in the world’s largest initial public offering (IPO).

Abe opens Tokyo 2020 National Stadium

By Jack Tarrant

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hailed the completion of the National Stadium built for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Sunday, his speech at the Kengo Kuma-designed venue praising the efforts to finish on schedule after an early setback.

The stadium, built at a cost of 156.9 billion yen ($1.44 billion), will have a capacity of 68,000 when it hosts the Olympic Games opening ceremony on July 24.

It will stage athletics and soccer events at the Games as well as the closing ceremony.

Aramco indicative share price up slightly to 37 riyals

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Aramco’s <2222.SE> shares went up slightly to 37 Saudi riyals ($9.87) in a pre-market auction on Sunday, Refinitiv data showed, putting the company’s market value slightly below $2 trillion.

Aramco’s shares closed at 36.8 riyals on Thursday after hitting earlier in the day the $2 trillion price tag long sought by Saudi Crown Price Mohammed bin Salman.

(Reporting by Davide Barbuscia; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

Strong earthquake strikes Philippines, no tsunami risk seen

(Reuters) – A powerful earthquake struck near the southern Philippines city of Davao on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there was no threat of a tsunami.

The magnitude 6.8 quake was centered 61 km (38 miles) southwest of Davao on the southern island of Mindanao, at a depth of 28.2 km, the USGS said, revising down the magnitude from an earlier 6.9.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat from the quake, based on available data.

Negotiators work through the night to salvage U.N. climate summit

By Valerie Volcovici and Matthew Green

MADRID (Reuters) – Negotiators worked into the early hours of Sunday to try to salvage a strong global commitment to fight climate change after some of the most vulnerable nations said they were being sidelined at a marathon U.N. summit in Madrid.

Talks were scheduled to conclude on Friday but lurched into a second extra day as major economies and smaller states struggled to resolve outstanding issues under the 2015 Paris Agreement to tackle global warming.