At a museum near the U.S. Capitol three weeks ago, 700 guests sampled bratwurst and vodka and watched the Olympics on a mammoth screen. From the second floor, Comcast Corp.’s David Cohen addressed the crowd, which included the Russian ambassador and a White House official.
Standard Life Plc, the life insurer founded in Scotland in 1825, said it’s preparing to shift business elsewhere should voters opt for independence from the U.K. and risks around the currency and regulation increase.
Aggreko Plc Chief Executive Officer Rupert Soames warned of the financial cost to companies should Scotland leave the U.K. and lose the pound, while other business leaders said they would cope with any currency.
Prime Minister David Cameron said remaining in the U.K. would give Scotland the “maximum benefit” from North Sea oil and gas reserves, as he clashed with nationalist leader Alex Salmond over independence.
South Africa’s main opposition party is turning to a 33-year-old former resident of the township of Soweto to help it challenge the ruling African National Congress in the nation’s richest province, Gauteng.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s cabinet will hold its first meeting in Scotland early next week, a spokeswoman for the premier said, as he campaigns against Scottish independence in a fall referendum.