News The new series of 'The Voice' got underway last weekend

ITV makes complaint in its submission into the Culture Committee's inquiry into the future of the BBC

Third sunniest April for 100 years in UK

This April was the third sunniest for 100 years, it was announced today.

The A-Z of European ferries

If last week clouded your opinion of flying, then Simon Calder has some ship-shaped solutions, from island-hops to cross-channel bargains

The foodies' map of Britain

From Arbroath smokies to Jersey Royals, 41 of our products have now made it onto the EU's list of protected foods. Miranda Vinall celebrates our national treasures

Man jailed for life for murdering love rival on Orkney

A jealous man who murdered his love rival neighbour on a remote island was jailed for life today.

Jubilant Briton completes 1,000-mile road race

After a fortnight of almost continuous running, Britain's William Sichel, 56, today claimed second place in a rare "non-stop" 1,000-mile road race, claiming a new world distance record for a man of his age in the process.

Marine energy projects approved for Scotland

Commercial wave and tidal projects at Pentland Firth will be world's first

Will the journey to John O’Groats finally be worth it?

£15m ‘Nordic’ makeover to banish image as Britain’s most disappointing attraction

Pair 'murdered neighbour on remote island'

Two men went on trial today accused of murdering their neighbour on a remote island in Orkney and burying his body in the sand.

Why even the fiercest Viking warrior steered clear of Scotland

Icelandic sagas carried a warning for Norsemen

Letters: Military strategy in Afghanistan

Troops are bogged down in a land where life is cheap

Enjoy an indulgent break to Scotland

There are literally so many things to see and do during a break to Scotland this autumn. From sampling delicious Scottish produce in one of the many Michelin Starred restaurants, to immersing yourself in Scotland's vast array of arts and culture.

Shelved, the book that outraged the Orkneys

Publisher bins manuscript about 'repressed drunks stuck in the 1950s' after threats of legal action and MP's complaint

Hot news... there's more sunshine on the way

Much of the UK is expected to bask in glorious sunshine today as the hot spell continues.

Travel by numbers: Scotch whisky

Scotland is home to more than 80 malt whisky distilleries. Laura Lindsay counts the ways to explore them for yourself
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

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Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project