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.

France fullback Maxime Medard runs in his try during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and France

Scotland v France player ratings

Man-for-man marking from the Six Nations match at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

Valiant Scotland narrowly miss out on win

Scotland 17 France 23

Album: The Earth Resounds, The Sixteen / Christophers / Dougan (Coro)

Flemish composers of the 15th and 16th centuries influenced music throughout the continent of Europe.

Pender with his medals, including the four bestowed on him by the Soviets

Willie Pender: Veteran of the Arctic convoys in the Second World War

If ever there were unsung heroes, few can have been less recognised by successive British governments than the sailors of the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy who participated in the Arctic convoys, carrying desperately needed supplies to Murmansk in 1941.

Coach Andy Robinson looks on as Mike Blair takes part in Scotland training

Blair is restored but it's Laidlaw moving to No 10

Remember the clamour for Blair to be installed at No 10?

Trump to fund anti-wind farm campaign

US tycoon Donald Trump is to bankroll an anti-wind farm campaign in his fight against an off-shore development near his luxury golf resort.

Stuart Hogg: 'My granny’s granny was the sister of George Best’s great-grandfather'

Hogg ready to do his very Best for Scotland

Flying full-back related to football legend can make France drown sorrows

Scotland’s First Minister said the economic case for independence was 'absolutely clear'

PM steps up the rhetoric ahead of Salmond talks

David Cameron will today raise the rhetoric of the debate over Scotland's future by describing the UK as "precious" and promising to fight "head, heart and soul" to keep the union intact.

SSE reaches one gigawatt milestone for its onshore wind farms

As storms battered the country, the energy giant SSE yesterday said it had more than one gigawatt of onshore wind-farm capacity in operation for the first time, enough to power 800,000 homes for a year.

Book deal shows scribbler on the roof's lofty ambition

Once, you would have had to scale buildings to read his scribblings, hidden among slates and beams.

PFA Scotland urge SFA to intervene at Hearts

PFA Scotland have urged the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football Association to intervene over the continual non-payment of players' salaries at Hearts.

Anxiety pills being misused

A drug for epilepsy and anxiety is increasingly being misused as a substitute for illegal drugs.

Epilepsy drug misuse 'on the rise'

A drug for epilepsy and anxiety is increasingly being misused by young people in the UK, researchers say.

Arcus buys Forth Ports for £760m

Forth Ports has accepted a £760m bid from Arcus, the infrastructure investor, ending a year-long pursuit of Britain's last listed ports group.

Girl X, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

The National Theatre of Scotland loves to dramatise an issue. Its most famous piece, Black Watch, was a direct response to the Iraq war. The problem with Girl X is that, while the issue is a meaty one, the drama gets lost.

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'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
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Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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