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After a yes vote in September’s referendum the two countries are brought to the brink of the first Anglo-Scottish war for five centuries by a menacing deadlock over whether the pound will survive north of the border. Scotland has seized control of Trident.

British Gas owner Centrica sets sights on shale gas drilling licences

News that British Gas owner Centrica is in talks to buy into Cuadrilla Resources, chaired by former BP boss Lord Browne, could prove a major boost to the UK's nascent shale gas industry.

Start all over again: Microsoft admits defeat and brings back the Start button for Windows 8.1

Microsoft has confirmed the latest edition of its Windows operating system will include a Start button.

A view of an installation as part of the 'S.A.C.R.E.D' exhibition by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei during the 55th La Biennale of Venice, in the church of Sant'Antonin in Venice May 28, 2013. The exhibition, which runs till September 15, is made up of installations depicting dissident artist Weiwei's 81-day detention in 2011.

Scenes from Ai Weiwei's house arrest go on show at the Venice Biennale

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei has secretly spent 18 months creating six sculptures of the 81 days he spent in detention in China for “tax evasion” in 2011 and has shipped them out of the country.

Suspects Michael Adebolajo, left and Michael Adebowale, right

Did MI5 blunder over Woolwich 'killers'? We will never know

Intelligence and Security Committee will not present findings to the public

Market Report: Investors rattled by overhaul at Pearson

New Pearson chief executive John Fallon looks to be on a mission to reshape the education giant in dramatic fashion, but the market did not seem convinced by his plans for a sweeping reorganisation.

Jeremy Paxman of Newsnight says he has heard senior Tories describe activists as 'swivel-eyed loons'

Jeremy Paxman reveals he has heard senior Tories calling activists 'swivel-eyed loons'

Newsnight presenter's disclosure further undermines attempts by the party to shut down affair amid continuing rows over Europe and gay marriage

Newspaper groups unified behind ‘softer’ Royal Charter

Newspaper groups have unified behind a softened version of a Royal Charter on future press regulation by agreeing to drop a proposal which would have given them a veto over appointments to a new watchdog body.

French ministers refuse to attend conference with Islamic scholar who teaches at Oxford University

He is an Islamic scholar who teaches at Oxford University and a former member of a working group on extremism set up by Tony Blair. Time magazine once described him as the “leading thinker” among Europe’s second and third-generation Muslim immigrants.

Steve Ballmer: The boss who bet his company on Windows 8 – and lost as computer giant announces 'biggest product U-turn since New Coke'

Updated version of operating system will take into account complaints made by users as decision to overhaul the much-maligned operating system has put Bill Gates’s successor under pressure

Yout Tube is set to announce it will start charging for some video content

YouTube set to charge for watching some videos

YouTube is set to announce within a few weeks a series of channels that will require payment, an industry source has revealed.

Women still have it difficult in business according to the annual Robert Half CEO tracker, which stated that the average chief executive of a leading British company remains a 53-year-old male

Women still find it hard to smash glass ceiling

Average chief executive is still a fiftysomething man as women struggle to get on boards

UK Coal talks to creditors in bid to save 2,000 jobs

UK Coal, Britain's biggest coal miner, is in talks with creditors to stay solvent and save up to 2,000 jobs amid claims its could go into voluntary liquidation after a blaze forced the company's largest mine to close.

Audio: Rudimental - Home

Listen to a sample of Rudimental's new album Home

Britain is in a long depression, says Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

Britain has had “quite a long time” below the economic activity levels of 2007, the Archbishop of Canterbury said today.

Market Report: Shale gas explorer buoyed by well news

Hold on to your hats: two wells are planned near Blackpool in the quest for shale gas. While those close to the site in the Bowland basin in Lancashire might be a little nervous on hearing the news, punters piled into the AIM explorer that is going to start digging.

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
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The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

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Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
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New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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How to make a Lego masterpiece

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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam