A senior US senator has called for the country to act with other nations in the wake of an alleged chemical attack atrocity in Syria to avoid getting into a "general military operation".
As the Russian foreign ministry urged the US against repeating the "mistakes of the past", Democrat Jack Reed said any American response must be international and not unilateral.
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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.