Islamic State: About 60,000 Syrian Kurds fled the country into Turkey over the weekend as Islamic State militants advanced and captured border towns. The Kurds said they feared a massacre in Kobani, a key city that would consolidate the hold of ISIS on northern Syria.
Scotland: First Minister Alex Salmon is stepping down after losing the independence vote and also resigning as leader of the Scottish National Party. Salmon dedicated his political life to Scottish independence and leaves in disappointment. He said, “For me as leader my time is nearly over, but for Scotland the
In another development, Turkey won the freedom of 49 of its citizens held hostage by the Islamic State (ISIS) and claims to have done it without paying ransom or making a trade. The hostages, including women and small children, were taken when ISIS overran the city of Mosul, Iraq back...
Afghanistan: After months of wrangling over a disputed and possibly fixed election, Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal making one president and the other chief executive. The deal makes Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai president, and Abdullah Abdullah, who had the most votes in the primary, will be CEO. The...Read more
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Friday, September 19, 2014
The Scottish Play: Scottish voters rejected a resolution to become an independent country by a significant margin. The “no” vote was 55.3 percent while the “yes” for independence won 44.7 percent. Expressing relief, British Prime Minister David Cameron said, “As …Read more
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It's Been Said
"For me as leader my time is nearly over, but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream shall never die.”
-Scottish Independence Party leader Alex Salmond resigning after crushing defeat in a national referendum on splitting from Great Britain