Two Italian police officers have been shot and wounded outside the prime minister's office in Rome.
The shooting occurred at the same as Prime Minister Enrico Letta's new government was being sworn in just a mile away.
Mr Letta later described the incident as a "tragic gesture" of an unemployed man.
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There is nervousness, anxiety and on the streets of Edinburgh fuelled by an atmosphere unlike anything seen before in recent UK politics.
However the vote goes, bonds of blood, history and geography mean the people of the Scottish borders will stay closely linked to England.
Alex Salmond could be hailed the future leader of a new country, but there is still no agreement on how an independent Scotland would work.