The Iraqi prime minister rejected the Kurdish vote for independence and parliament has given him military power to oppose it.
Parliament will be forced to consider the measure although Prime Minister David Cameron has said there won't be a second vote.
Senior Conservatives issue letter calling for Cameron to stay as PM regardless of referendum outcome.
The outcome of the landmark referendum may not be known until the late morning hours of Friday.
A postcard celebration of Scottishness has not helped solve the dilemma of the country's national identity
Over 90 percent of Hong Kong voters wanted public nominations of candidates, in contrast to China's wishes.