Here are the major foreign policy implications in case Scots choose to break away from the United Kingdom:
Some of the voting arrangements for the referendum are unique. The voting is restricted to people living in Scotland, which means the large number of Scots living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, or abroad, will not have a say on the issue of independence.
Few places are as important in Scottish history as Scone, where no less than 42 of the country’s kings were crowned. But like the rest of Scotland, this quiet corner of rural Perthshire is split down the middle on independence vote.
The US Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced it would end its bond-buying scheme in October, but will leave the interest where it is now, near zero, for “considerable time”.
Residents of Scotland will decide on Thursday whether they want to break away from the UK. Successive opinion polls and betting trends suggest a photo finish. Whatever the result, most agree that the UK will never be the same again. Road to referendum
Bangladesh’s highest court on Wednesday commuted the death sentence on a top Islamic preacher, triggering angry protests by both his Islamist supporters and secular opponents and clashes with police.
The campaign for Scotland's independence referendum went down to the wire on Wednesday ahead of a knife-edge vote that will either see Scotland break away from the United Kingdom or gain sweeping new powers.
Seventy bodies have been recovered from the rubble of a collapsed church building in Lagos but remain unidentified, a Nigerian official said on Wednesday, questioning South Africa's assertion that 67 of the victims had come from there.
Thousands of children in swaths of war-torn Syria, now controlled by dreaded Islamic State militants, can no longer study maths or social studies under new diktats issued by the jihadists.
Recruiters for Islamic extremist groups are increasingly targeting French women and girls, with nearly 100 either in Syria or on their way and 175 being monitored at home, security officials say.
Hours after the US raised prospects of sending ground troops to fight IS, the militant group released a video threatening to target them. The 52-second video entitled 'Flames of War' shows militants blowing up tanks, wounded US soldiers and others about to killed.
A 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit off the Pacific island of Guam on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, but no tsunami warning was issued as the tremor was too deep.
The Mexican government began airlifting the first of tens of thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort area of Los Cabos on Tuesday, as residents picked up the pieces of shattered, flooded homes.
Islamic State has gone underground in its Syrian stronghold since President Barack Obama authorised US air strikes on the group in Syria, disappearing from the streets, redeploying weapons and fighters, and cutting down its media exposure.
President Barack Obama issued a global call to action to fight West Africa's Ebola epidemic on Tuesday, warning the deadly outbreak was unprecedented and 'spiraling out of control,' threatening hundreds of thousands of people.