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Generation gap opens in Scotland referendum campaigns

/ Sep 16, 2014

Generation gap opens in Scotland referendum campaigns

Across Scotland, dinner table talk is getting heated as families argue over how to vote in Scotland's independence referendum. A generation gap has opened up, with younger voters more inclined to back independence and their elders tending to say they want to remain in ...

Eying Scotland, Spain Catalans seek secession vote

/ | Sep 14, 2014

Eying Scotland, Spain Catalans seek secession vote

by Joseph Wilson

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans energized by Scotland's upcoming independence referendum demonstrated Thursday for a secession vote that could carve out a new Mediterranean nation in what is now northeastern Spain. The demonstrations illustrated how the Scottish vote is captivating breakaway-minded Europeans in several countries. Sporting ...

'Yes' camp winning Scotland's battles of ads

/ Sep 14, 2014

'Yes' camp winning Scotland's battles of ads

by Paul Kelbie

When the campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom launched a recent TV ad, the spot went viral — but for all the wrong reasons. In a kitchen, a woman complains that while her husband can't stop talking about the independence referendum, she doesn't ...

Silent Europe aghast at possible breakup of U.K.

/ Sep 14, 2014

Silent Europe aghast at possible breakup of U.K.

by Paul Taylor

Britain's international partners are aghast, mostly in silence, at the possibility that one of the leading Western powers could break up and turn in on itself if Scotland votes this week for independence from London. Many fear such a split would foreshadow a British exit ...

Jul 10, 2014

China plans steps to promote judicial independence, Xinhua says

China will act to promote judicial independence over the next five years with measures including specialized tribunals for environment and intellectual property cases, state media reported Wednesday. President Xi Jinping's administration has sought to weed out corruption in courts, but critics say the ruling Communist ...

/ Dec 17, 2013

Is a U.K. breakup in sight?

by Hugh Cortazz

The white paper that the Scottish government has produced in favor of independence is long on aspirations and short on detailed responses to the problems that an independent Scotland would face.

Okinawans explore secession option

Jul 11, 2013

Okinawans explore secession option

by Mizuho Aoki

Okinawans are losing patience with Tokyo's repeated vows to reduce the prefecture's burden of hosting U.S. military installations and other hollow pledges, and some are seriously looking into the possibility of having the territory secede from Japan. On May 15, the ...