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.

Boy dies in helicopter crash at charity event

A nine-year-old boy died and two adults and three other children were injured - none seriously - in a helicopter crash during a charity event near the Queen Mother's Glamis Castle in Perthshire, yesterday. The five injured passengers were taken to Dundee Royal Infirmary after the Jet Ranger helicopter came down in a field less than a mile from the castle just before midday. The victim was later named as Gary Malley, from Dundee.

Falcons bring down Scotland

Gauteng Falcons 38 Scotland 35

Spiders need handling with care

The fashion for exotic pets can have dangerous side-effects, doctors have discovered. Owners of tarantulas can suffer severe damage to their eyes - just by handling their hairy friends.


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Scottish football: Falkirk to put the heat on Burns at Ibrox

With speculation about his future mounting, Tommy Burns has to prepare his Celtic side for today's Scottish Cup semi-final against Falkirk at Ibrox knowing that defeat would almost certainly hasten the end of his days as manager at Parkhead.

Food poisoning outbreak claims over 50 victims

The number of cases in an outbreak of salmonella linked to a Scottish hotel rose to more than 50 last night.

Scottish police to test CS spray

Two Scottish police forces are to test CS sprays in response to an increase in the number of assaults on officers, it was announced yesterday.

Rugby Union: Watsonians face Melrose in premier tie

The joint favourites, Watsonians, runners-up in last year's competition and 59-20 winners over Gala yesterday, have been drawn away against Boroughmuir in the only all-First Division tie of the Tennents Scottish Cup quarter- finals. Boroughmuir look to be mounting a strong challenge for the trophy after yesterday's 71-9 defeat of Stirling County in the fifth round.

Rugby: Veterans help bring down Hawick

Hawick 6 Boroughmuir 19

Obituary: Jimmy Airlie

Jimmy Airlie was the former Clydeside shipyard fitter who became one of the leaders of the historic Upper Clyde Shipbuilders work-in a quarter of a century ago. He was a character and Communist of the old school, and an outstanding socialist orator, with a big, boisterous, gutsy style.

Original sin

Obsession, self-denial, violent sexual fantasy. AL Kennedy's novels are never comfortable. But she tells it like she feels it. By Glyn Brown

Dundee bus takeover brings windfall for drivers

Around 500 employees of the Dundee-based Taybus are each in line for a windfall of at least pounds 20,000 after the planned sale to National Express, the airports to rail group which recently lost its chief executive, writes Magnus Grimond.

Obituary: Billy MacKenzie

Billy MacKenzie had the voice of an angel. Once you'd heard MacKenzie, the singer with The Associates, you were either hooked and became a fan, or your teeth were on edge every time one of his records came on the radio.

Rugby Union: Wainwright makes his presence felt

Bill Leith sees a former Scotland captain lift the Reds and Glasgow qualify for the European Cup

Nurses facing death charge said to be well

Two British nurses accused of murdering an Australian colleague in Saudi Arabia have told a British embassy official they are tired but are being treated well.
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

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Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

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The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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