Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Verna Wilson (left) is still speaking to her husband Ronnie even though they have completely different views on Scottish independence.

He's A 'Yes,' She's A 'No' -- Couple On Opposite Sides Of Scotland's Referendum

Many families are split on whether Scotland should say "yes" to independence or whether it's "better together" as part of the United Kingdom. Ahead of the September 18 referendum, RFE/RL correspondent Kathleen Moore spoke to one couple in Aberdeen agreeing to disagree. More

Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite militias celebrate lifting the siege of Amerli at the end of last month by pulling down a flag belonging to Islamic State militants.

Coalition Of One: Iran Leads Own Fight Against Islamic State

Iran is not part of the international coalition against Islamic State militants. But it is waging a war of its own with the group that is likely to overlap with the U.S.-led effort in unpredictable ways. More

The Sukhumi memorial in Kilmarnock, Scotland

Pro-Independence Scots Have A Friend -- In Abkhazia

On September 18, Scottish voters go to the polls to vote in a historic referendum on whether to break their three-century-old ties with the United Kingdom. In Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia, which claims its own form of independence, support for Scottish statehood is strong. More

Valenki, traditional Russian felt boots, have lost much of their appeal in recent decades. In the context of the conflict in Ukraine, "valenki" can be roughly translated as "ignorant Russian fools."

Ukraine's Cryptic, Clever (And Always Insulting) Lexicon Of War

As the conflict simmers in eastern Ukraine, supporters from both camps fight on in a war of words. The result is a torrent of new slurs -- often cryptic, at times inventive, always insulting. Here are some of the most common terms. More

WATCH: "Yes" And "No" Campaigners Go Door-To-Door In Scotland

Video Scotland Mulls Split From United Kingdom In Knife-Edge Vote

Voters in Scotland are poised to decide whether to bring to an end a more than 300-year-old political union and leave the United Kingdom in a September 18 independence referendum vote that looks likely to go down to the wire. More


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