Britain promised to guarantee Scotland`s high levels of state funding, granting Scots control over healthcare spending in a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the United Kingdom before Thursday`s vote on independence.
Britain ruled out a mission by special forces to rescue a Briton whose life was threatened in the latest execution video released by Islamic State militants, saying on Monday it did not know where he and other hostages were being held.
Britain is set to impose curbs on organisations linked to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and block its activists from moving to London after a report by a senior diplomat raised concerns over the group's links to extremists.
As Scotland heads to the polls this week to vote on whether to become independent, one country with restive regions of its own is watching the debate unfold with nervousness and some mystification - China.
Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.
US President Barack Obama expressed solidarity Saturday with ally Britain, after British captive David Haines was murdered by Islamic State militants claiming revenge for the countries` campaign against them.