Scotland has rejected independence and chosen to remain part of the U.K. after results of the historic poll were announced Friday morning, giving victory to the unionists by 55 to 45 percent.
The 84.6 percent voter turnout from an electorate of more than 4.2 million was reportedly one of the highest in the democratic world. 2,001,926 people voted "No" to independence, while 1,617,989 others voted for "Yes."
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said that like millions of others, he is "delighted" with the results, but accepted that there is work ahead to address the concerns of those wanting independence. more >>
Pope Francis will still travel to Albania this weekend despite warnings from Iraq's ambassador to the Vatican that there are clear assassination threats coming from Islamic State militants.
On Sunday, Francis will become the first Pope since 1933 to visit Albania, although The Telagraph reported that Iraq's Ambassador to the Holy See, Habeeb Al Sadr, told the Italian newspaper La Nazione that Islamic State militants have made it clear that they want to kill the leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
"What has been declared by the self-declared Islamic State is clear – they want to kill the pope. The threats against the Pope are credible," Al Sadr said. "I believe they could try to kill him during one of his overseas trips or even in Rome. There are members of ISIL who are not Arabs but Canadian, American, French, British, also Italians. ISIL could engage any of these to commit a terrorist attack in Europe." more >>
Doubt has been cast on the success of a bill being debated in Spain that would increase restriction to abortion access in the European nation.
The Spanish publication El Mundo has recently published an article noting that multiple sources within the current government see the proposed legislation as being tabled.
"There's no consensus within government around the bill," said one source in the Partido Popular government headed by Mariano Rajoy, adding that "if an agreement cannot be reached -which seems unlikely - the draft bill will be dropped." more >>
Pope Francis married 20 couples at the St.Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday, in an effort to have the Catholic Church become more forgiving in its view on premarital issues as some were already living together and had children.
The Vatican views individuals, who have had sex outside marriage as being in sin, but Pope Francis emphasized that the church needed to be inclusive and open to accepting them.
"This is what marriage is all about: man and woman walking together, wherein the husband helps his wife to become ever more a woman, and wherein the woman has the task of helping her husband to become ever more a man. Here we see the reciprocity of differences," the Pope said, reports the National Catholic Reporter. more >>
Frank Van Den Bleeken, a Belgian man serving a life sentence for rape and murder, has won the "right to die" in a landmark ruling after arguing he cannot control his violent sexual urges.
Belgium's euthanasia laws, which earlier this year also gave terminally ill children the right to have doctors end their lives, have been strongly criticized by pro-life groups.
Fifty-year old Van Den Bleeken, who was convicted in the 1980s, argued that he would never be freed and so wishes to end his life, BBC News reported. The ruling follows a three-year legal battle by the prisoner. more >>
German authorities have imposed a ban on all Islamic State propaganda, symbols and activities that support the terror group, which is also knows as ISIS and ISIL.
The country's Interior Minister, Thomas de Maiziere, said the decision will close a legal gap that has made it difficult to prosecute supporters of the militant group.
"As Minister of the Interior, I forbid the operation of the terrorist group Islamic State in Germany, with immediate effect," said Maiziere at a press conference in Berlin last week. more >>