News Alex Salmond said his government believed that independence would lead to a new industrial strategy

An independent Scotland's ability to use tax powers, including a cut in corporation tax , would lead to a "jobs boom" and end Westminster's "one size fits all" economics policies, Scotland's First Minister has claimed.

‘Scottish Sun’ appoints showbiz journalist Gordon Smart as editor

The showbiz journalist Gordon Smart has been appointed editor of The Scottish Sun.

A suffering Denis Lebedev on the end of another punishing blow from Guillermo Jones in May

Bunce on Boxing: Ricky Burns joins ranks of battered fighters who refused to quit

In May a boxer called Denis Lebedev, fighting Guillermo Jones for a world title in Moscow, set a new extreme standard of bravery by surviving 11 rounds with a gruesome set of injuries.

234 disabled workers' jobs at risk as more Remploy factories face closure

Around 234 disabled workers are at risk of redundancy as nine further Remploy factories face closure, the Government announced today.

Taxpayer to pick up £27,000 legal bill after tribunal hearing over Labour MP Jim McGovern's £24 rail ticket

A dispute over an MP’s £24 train ticket has left the taxpayer with a £27,000 legal bill.

Let the Right One Into the Dundee Rep theatre

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

Black Watch Colours are consigned to history

Regimental flag is paraded for the last time after army reorganisation leads to infantry merger

Man who raped one woman and sexually assaulted another in the space of 15 minutes is jailed for 10 years

A man who raped one woman and sexually assaulted another in the space of 15 minutes in a city centre street has been jailed for 10 years.

Galloway claims he is the 'Robin Hood' of British politics

Newly-elected MP George Galloway has claimed he is the “Robin Hood” of British politics.

Rugby star Max Evans cleared of club attack

Scotland rugby international Max Evans was back at training today after being cleared of assaulting a man at a nightclub.

Eric Joyce will not fight the election expected in 2015

Assault charge MP 'to stand down'

An MP suspended from the Labour Party after being charged with assault has said he will stand down from Parliament at the next general election, it was reported today.

UK should stay united, says Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband attacked Alex Salmond's desire to "split up" Britain today, and insisted: "We are one United Kingdom."

Ballet Black, Linbury Studio Theatre, London

Now eleven years old, Ballet Black has a confidence and spark. Initially founded to promote black dancers in classical ballet, the company has become an end in itself. This is a taut evening of new work by rising and established choreographers, fluently staged and danced.

Poetry is blossoming in Edinburgh

One year ago this month, Edinburgh's literary history welcomed the first chapter of a mysterious new instalment. A small sculpture featuring a tree carved delicately from the pages of a book was left by an anonymous visitor to the Scottish Poetry Library, alongside a bowl of printed words that combined to form the poem A Trace of Wings by the late Scots Makar (national poet) Edwin Morgan.

A view of the gates at Ibrox, the home of Rangers Football Club

Businessman Brian Kennedy reveals Rangers consortium talks

Businessman Brian Kennedy has confirmed he has held talks with Rangers' administrators about the future of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League side.

Wesley Fofana goes over to score France’s first try during the victory over Scotland

Hogg does Scotland proud but the heartbreak goes on

Scotland 17 France 23

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A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain