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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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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
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On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada