Iran and Saudi Arabia have upped the ante in their war of words. Both are now denouncing the other's Islamic legitimacy. The two Persian Gulf powers are already locked in numerous proxy conflicts across the region. The US is not happy about the mess.
Whatever the outcome of the referendum in Scotland, one aspect of traditional Scottish culture will continue to have a surprisingly close link to a far off part of the world. Outside of Scotland, the world’s largest manufacturer of traditional bagpipes is Pakistan.