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Scotland braces for historic independence vote

Perth - The campaign for Scotland's independence referendum went down to the wire on the eve of a knife-edge vote on Thursday that will either see Scotland break away from the United Kingdom or gain sweeping new powers.

'No' narrowly leads as Scotland campaign enters final day

Edinburgh - New opinion polls indicated Scotland could narrowly reject independence as the rival campaigns battled into Wednesday, the final day before a historic vote that could split the United Kingdom.

Leaders pledge powers in final push before Scottish vote

Aberdeen - The leaders of the three main British parties on Tuesday issued a joint pledge to give the Scottish parliament more powers if voters reject independence, in a final drive to stop the United Kingdom splitting.

British PM warns Scots against vote for independence

Aberdeen - British Prime Minister David Cameron travelled to Scotland on Monday to urge Scots to vote against independence or face dire consequences in his most forceful speech yet ahead of this week's historic referendum.

British PM heads to Scotland hoping to boost 'No' vote

Edinburgh - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday makes his last visit to Scotland ahead of this week's independence referendum, hoping to boost the "No" vote, with polls predicting a very tight race.

Rivals race for support in 'knife-edge' Scotland vote

Edinburgh - Campaigners for and against Scottish independence raced Sunday to win over undecided voters ahead of this week's historic referendum, as religious leaders prayed for harmony and music fans gathered for a separatist concert.

Europe fears Scottish independence contagion

Brussels - The prospect of Scottish independence is raising fears in Europe that it could inflame other separatist movements at a time when the continent's unity and even its borders are under threat, analysts say.

Salmond: Scottish leader who will win either way

Edinburgh - Scottish leader Alex Salmond has good reason to look forward to next week's independence referendum -- he'll win either way.

Flemish nationalists tread cautiously on Scottish independence vote

Brussels - Scotland's independence vote inspires Flemish nationalists with hope but, with negotiations under way on forming a new Belgian government, they also have their reasons to tread carefully, analysts say.

Thousands march for UK as Scotland vote nears

Edinburgh - Thousands of members of the Protestant Orange order marched through Edinburgh on Saturday in a show of strength against Scottish independence, as campaigning ahead of the referendum entered its final weekend.

Scotland polls put 'No' camp ahead as Salmond hits out

Glasgow - Five days ahead of Scotland's independence referendum the race remained too close to call Saturday, with the misgivings of business leaders over the prospect of quitting the United Kingdom becoming louder Opinion polls on Friday gave campaigners for Sc...

Scotland polls put 'No' camp ahead as Salmond hits out

Glasgow - Opinion polls gave campaigners for Scotland to stay in Britain a slight lead Friday as First Minister Alex Salmond hit back at business leaders who revealed their independence contingency plans.

Scotland ready to make history: independence leader

Edinburgh - Scotland's pro-independence leader Alex Salmond said the eyes of the world are on a momentous referendum next week, as the latest poll suggested voters will narrowly choose to remain in the United Kingdom.

Op-Ed: When looking realistically, Scottish independence not a good idea

Glasgow - Could the United Kingdom not be so united any longer? For years Scotland has mulled trying to seek independence from the rest of Great Britain, and now it may actually happen...but should it? Realistically, it's tough to leave the Queen.

Ukraine rebels watch Scotland vote with envy

Kiev - "Why isn't England bombing the Scottish separatists," demands one supporter of the pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine in a Twitter post under a picture of the Scottish flag.

Scotland ready to make history: independence leader

Edinburgh - Scotland's pro-independence leader Alex Salmond said the "eyes of the world" were on a momentous referendum next week as officials reported record numbers registering to vote on breaking away from the United Kingdom.

Catalans form giant 'V for vote' in independence drive

Barcelona - Catalans fired up by Scotland's independence referendum massed in Barcelona's streets in red and yellow shirts Thursday, forming a giant "V" to demand a vote on breaking away from Spain.

Cameron to Scots: Don't break my heart by quitting UK

Edinburgh - Prime Minister David Cameron urged Scots not to rip apart a "family of nations" as he battled to reverse a late surge in support for Scottish independence one week from a historic referendum.

Catalonia independence vote can't be stopped: Leader

Barcelona - Catalonia's president warned Wednesday it was "practically impossible" to stop the region voting on secession from Spain and looked to Scotland to smooth the way with its own independence referendum.

If Scotland independence recognised, Crimea wants the same

Moscow - Crimea's Kremlin-loyal leader on Wednesday said that if the world recognises an independent Scotland, then it should also offer similar recognition to the Black Sea peninsula which has joined Russia.

Scent of victory energises Scottish independence campaign

Edinburgh - Pounding the streets of Edinburgh, campaigners for Scottish independence are more hopeful than ever that they can win next week's referendum -- and a last-minute visit by British Prime Minister David Cameron cannot dampen their enthusiasm.

Cameron to Scots: Don't break my heart by quitting UK

Edinburgh - Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday urged Scots not to rip apart a "family of nations," as he joined British party leaders in trying to reverse surging support for Scottish independence.

British party leaders head to Scotland as vote tightens

London - The leaders of Britain's three main political parties announced a last-minute trip to Scotland on Tuesday to boost the campaign against independence after a surge in separatist support ahead of next week's referendum.

Scramble to 'save' UK after Scotland referendum shock

London - Supporters of the United Kingdom fought back to stop Scotland voting for independence in next week's referendum after polls showed a surge in support for the split on Tuesday.

Pro-UK parties plan Scottish referendum fightback

Edinburgh - Supporters of keeping Scotland in the UK were gearing up on Monday to mount a fightback as buoyant separatists claimed they had the momentum ahead of next week's referendum on independence.

London offers Scots new powers after independence poll shock

Edinburgh - The British government on Sunday pledged greater fiscal autonomy for Scotland, after a poll put the pro-independence camp ahead for the first time ahead of the September 18 referendum on separation.

Scottish independence campaign leads poll for first time

London - A new opinion poll published on Sunday put Scotland's pro-independence camp ahead for the first time in the campaign, just 11 days before a referendum on splitting from Britain.

Scottish independence campaign ahead in poll for first time

London - A new opinion poll being published on Sunday put Scotland's pro-independence camp ahead for the first time in the campaign, just 11 days before the referendum on splitting from Britain.

Op-Ed: Scots independence vote — The week the 'No' campaign fell apart

Edinburgh - Last week didn’t produce a political earthquake in Scotland but that may yet happen if voters vote “Yes” to independence in sufficient numbers on their date with destiny, September 18, when the Scottish referendum on independence is held.

David Cameron urges voters against Scottish independence

In a speech to businessmen gathered at the CBI’s annual Glasgow dinner, UK Prime Minister David Cameron urged voters not to abandon the “openness” of remaining the Kingdom by choosing independence.
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Debating chamber - Scottish parliament
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Clyde, official mascot of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games
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Bilingual sign in Gaelic and English in Scotland.
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England-Scotland border.
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Stirling Castle: One of the largest and most important castles, both historically and architecturally, in Scotland.
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Malcolm Tierney in Braveheart
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Ibrox Park, Glasgow, home of Glasgow Rangers
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