With the Islamic State on the march and Ukraine in an undeclared war with Russia, next week's United Nations General Assembly already has a full plate of thorny challenges to address. But top U.N. officials are desperately trying to bring attention to another: the escalating Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which they say is rapidly outpacing the international efforts to contain it.
After some not-so-subtle prodding from the State Department, the Senate has finally confirmed a handful of ambassadorial nominees from the long list of men and women who have been waiting -- and waiting, and waiting -- for approval.
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- One of the most surprising things about the Scottish independence referendum, at least here in the country's capital, is the seeming discrepancy between advocates of independence (the "Yes" camp) and Unionists (the "Nos"). Most of the final polls released ahead of the vote suggest that the Unionist side is ahead, in some cases by as much as 8 percent. (There were also some outliers that still gave the pro-independence camp a good shot.)
EDINBURGH, Scotland — There are a lot of people from outside the country who have come to wish Scots well during their referendum on independence. Some have come to support the continued existence of the United Kingdom. But there are also contingents from other separatist struggles around Europe. Representatives of the Basques, the South Tyroleans, and the Lombards have turned up so far. But probably the most visible are the Catalans, whose population (7.5 million) is a bit larger than that of the Scots (5.3 million).
The trio of videos released by the Islamic State in recent weeks have followed the same grim pattern -- a helpless and unarmed Westerner is forced to kneel in front of a masked militant who threatens the United States and Britain before calmly beheading the captive -- but the group's newest video contains a small glimmer of hope that the hostage, British journalist John Cantlie, might potentially make it out alive.