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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'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

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Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
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Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
14 best kids' hoodies

14 best kids' hoodies

Don't get caught out by that wind on the beach. Zip them up in a lightweight top to see them through summer to autumn
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk