U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government 7:25pm EDT

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate approved President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants on Thursday, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the radical group.

Poll clerk George MacKay sits in the Coulags caravan polling station, in the Scottish Highlands September 18, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Scotland polls close, UK's future at stake

EDINBURGH - Scotland has voted on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or declare independence to break the 307-year-old union in a finely balanced referendum with global consequences.  Full Article | Video 

Police talk outside a house that was involved in pre-dawn raids in the western Sydney suburb of Guilford September 18, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray

Australia raids foil suspected Islamic State plot

Australian security officials conduct massive raids in Sydney and Brisbane to thwart possible acts of violence against the public.  Video | Full Article 

U.S. President Barack Obama listens as he hosts a bilateral meeting with Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan during the NATO Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales September 5, 2014. REUTERS/ Larry Downing

Turkey stays on sidelines against Islamic state

Few countries are in a better position than Turkey - a NATO ally - to help the United States fight Islamic State. But don’t hold your breath for Turkey’s support.  Commentary 

Firefighter Michael Klain watches as the King Fire burns near Fresh Pond, California September 17, 2014. REUTERS/Noah Berger

Evacuations ordered in California wildfire

LOS ANGELES - Authorities issued new evacuation orders on Thursday for Northern California mountain communities after an out-of-control wildfire doubled in size overnight.  Full Article 

Assurances for Poroshenko in Washington

A round of applause for Ukraine's Poroshenko in Congress as U.S. President Obama offers assurances for what the Ukranian President calls "the war for the free world." Deborah Lutterbeck reports.