Voters in Scotland are deciding whether to seek independence from the U.K. in a ballot that could spell the end of a three-century-old union that once dominated the world from America to Australia and trigger a new era of self-determination across Europe.
HONOLULU - A former U.S. military contractor in Hawaii was sentenced on Sept. 17 to more than seven years in prison for passing national defence secrets to his Chinese girlfriend and illegally keeping numerous classified documents at his home.
PARIS - The world is holding its breath but mostly hoping Scotland will vote "No" to independence from Britain in referendum. For reasons of self-interest and geopolitics, major powers from Beijing to Washington and Moscow to New Delhi are quietly praying the United Kingdom holds together and does not create a contagious precedent of state fragmentation in unstable times.
SEUL - South Korean marines arrested an American man late on Sept. 17 who had been swimming in a river that flows towards North Korea and said he had been trying to go to the North to meet its leader, Korean media reported.
GENEVA - The number of Ebola cases could start doubling every three weeks in West Africa, the World Health Organization said on Sept. 16, warning that the outbreak will cost nearly $1 billion to contain so it does not turn into a "human catastrophe."
LONDON - With two days of fevered campaigning left before Scotland votes in a referendum on independence, the leaders of the three main British political parties renewed a pledge on Sept. 16 to grant Scots "extensive new powers" if they reject secession.
MANILA - The Philippines has evacuated more than 12,000 people from around the foot of its most active volcano as the crater glows red and authorities warn of a possible eruption.
BERLIN - A union representing Lufthansa's pilots says they will walk off the job at Frankfurt airport for eight hours on Sept. 16, preventing departures by Germany's biggest airline from its busiest airport.
North Korea sentenced U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller to six years hard labour for committing "hostile acts" as a tourist to the country, a statement carried by state media said on Sunday, as the United States requested his immediate pardon and release.
Air France (AF) said it's bracing for the most disruptive strike since 1998 tomorrow as pilots walk out over management plans to expand low-cost operations using flight crew paid less than at the mainline carrier.
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WASHINGTON - Just hours before announcing an escalated campaign against Islamic extremists last week, President Obama privately reflected on another time when a president weighed military action in the Middle East - the frenzied weeks leading up to the American invasion of Iraq a decade ago.
Pope Francis said on Saturday, Sep. 13 the spate of conflicts around the globe today were effectively a "piecemeal" Third World War, condemning the arms trade and "plotters of terrorism" sowing death and destruction.
The powerful chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee has condemned Edward Snowden's plans to seek political asylum in Switzerland, whose attorney general says the former NSA contractor could be immune from U.S. extradition requests if he manages to make it to the central European country without being arrested.
BARCELONA - Around 1.8 million Catalans took to the streets of Barcelona on Thursday, Sep. 12 calling for the right to vote on independence.
Next week, the people of Scotland will vote on whether to remain a part of the U.K. or do what Americans did 238 years ago - declare their independence.
Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski will nominate parliament speaker Ewa Kopacz as new prime minister on Monday, presidential spokeswoman Joanna Trzaska-Wieczorek spokeswoman on Sept. 12. The new government will be sworn in on Sept. 22, the spokeswoman told reporters.
EDINBURGH, Scotland - Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond on Sept. 11 said the U.K. government was using intimidation tactics to persuade Scots to vote against independence by greatly exaggerating the financial risks.
WARSAW - Poland's president has accepted the resignation of the government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk, bringing an end to seven years of governance that have been marked by unprecedented political stability in Poland.