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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.

A statement co-ordinated by the Newspaper Society said that the Government's proposals enjoyed 'no support within the press'

Newspapers set out rival plan for press regulation

The Government has poured cold water on an alternative plan for press regulation, backed by three of the country's largest newspaper groups, which proposed an independent system of self-regulation with the power to administer £1m fines but which would not be backed by statute.

Jo Johnson will be appointed as Cabinet Office minister

David Cameron propels Boris Johnson’s brother into Downing Street role

Prime Minister gives London Mayor’s younger brother Jo senior government job as his head of policy

Israel’s wealthiest man Idan Ofer set to move to London amid tax row

Israel’s wealthiest man is moving to London amid a row in the Jewish state over plans to squeeze more taxes out of the rich.

$20 billion Anglo-Indian trade deal signed to coincide with arrival of first UK minister to visit Gujarat since riots

One of the biggest Anglo-Indian trade deals was signed yesterday in Gujarat to coincide with the first visit by a UK minister to the state since religious riots killed hundreds in 2002.

Leveson reforms: Hugh Grant is anything but hacked off that new rules can curb the popular press

Fond as he is of Italian holidays, David Cameron promised he would never emulate Julius Caesar and "cross the Rubicon" – the stream outside Rimini which has come to symbolise a point of no return. On the other side of the Prime Minister's Rubicon was a new territory where the press was subject to statute, a prospect which – as senior figures in the newspaper industry reminded him – threatened a British tradition of free speech that dated back three centuries.

How controversial Cyprus bailout was agreed

With its banks on the brink of collapse, the Mediterranean island had to tow line

Leveson’s legal backstop is aimed at a rogue press – not a free press

The national press which emerged from Leveson was part St George, part jackal

Lord Leveson poses with a summary report into press standards

The Leveson dispute could destroy our free press

One of the principles that made me want to be a journalist in the first place and to help produce a newspaper such as this one, is at stake

The newspaper industry still has concerns over the potential impact of a new regulator

Historic Royal Charter on press regulation close to being agreed

The Bill  should be able to proceed after an earlier threat to hijack it with a media amendment

The newspaper industry oppose a 'statutory underpinning' of the new press body

Newspaper editors call on colleagues to debate Leveson proposals for press reform openly

Three leading quality newspapers have appealed to their industry colleagues to show greater transparency and abandon “closed-door negotiations” over Lord Justice Leveson’s proposals for reforming the press.

International Women's Day: Why do we still treat single women as second-class citizens?

We aren’t tragic spinsters, desperately freezing our eggs and gazing wistfully out of the windows of our cold, stark bedsits, humming ‘someday my Prince will come’

Anthony Hilton: Why Ofgem needs to save our energy and stay well away from the politicians

Dithering about building new power plants is just short-termism

Special advisers like Dominic Cummings are instructed to avoid 'personal attacks'

Labour says Michael Gove aide should resign if he breached code through implying journalist needed therapy

Labour today said a controversial adviser to Education Secretary Michael Gove should resign if - as appeared to be the case - he was in breach of his profession's Code of Conduct by implying that a journalist required therapy.

Richard Branson is latest billionaire to join Bill Gates' $500bn philanthropy club Giving Pledge

Virgin founder publicly commits to give away half of his fortune to philanthropic causes

i and Independent on Sunday show largest growth in national newspaper market

Combined readership of The Independent and concise sister paper is greater than both The Guardian and Financial Times

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