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The end of an era?

Scottish Independence: Scotland would become independent on 24 March 2016, says Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland's anti-independence campaign maintains a notable lead in poll results released on Sunday, ahead of next year's referendum.

Donald Trump's lawyers begin Aberdeenshire windfarm challenge

Government officials deciding whether to back an offshore windfarm in sight of Donald Trump's Aberdeenshire golf course did not visit the resort, his lawyers have said.

'No More Page 3' campaign boosted by show of support from Scottish Parliament

22 universities have now banned 'The Sun' on their campuses

Scottish videogame trade body emerges following GTA 5's success

Scotland boasts around 100 games development studios with the sector seen as important to the country's economy

Moving the Trident nuclear deterrent from the Clyde to a new site in the remaining UK would take years to achieve

Alex Salmond's SNP plans for Scottish independence criticised for lacking crucial detail over defence plans

Commons defence select committee unconvinced that proposed £2.5bn budget is enough for new Scottish defence force

Firefighters to strike next week in England and Wales over pension row

Almost 80% voted in favour of four hour strike in a ballot that ended this month

Bill Walker, the former SNP politician, blamed a 'media onslaught' for his resignation

Bill Walker resignation: MSP convicted of wife-beating is still in denial, ex-wife claims

‘Great relief’ as former SNP politician quits Scottish Parliament ahead of sentencing

Scottish politicians attack ‘going home’ immigration posters as ‘shameful’

A charity has also labelled the Home Office posters displayed in reporting centres ‘racist’

Our Glass House, Edinburgh 2013

Edinburgh 2013: Our Glass House - Common Wealth’s potent exploration of domestic violence

"We are here as witnesses." These words stare down at you in large white letters from the back wall of a neighbouring house, and they’re apt: in Common Wealth’s site-specific production, you walk through a small home on an estate in Wester Hailes, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, witnessing the impact of domestic violence on six different people. The words are also a potent reminder - as is the whole production, explicitly and intentionally - that should we be aware of such violence, we should speak up, speak out.

NHS doctors who fail to wash their hands should face disciplinary procedures, say Scottish Conservatives

NHS doctors who fail to wash their hands often enough should face disciplinary procedures according to the Scottish Conservatives.

The Duke of Buccleuch is Europe's largest landowner with holdings valued at more than £1bn

Imagine a feudal country where 432 families own half the land. Welcome to Scotland

The country's vast estates are under threat of being broken up and sold to small farmers. The laird's response? Get off our land

Scottish independence campaigner Dennis Canavan says Prince George should never be King of Scotland

Dennis Canavan says the monarchy is 'a complete anachronism in a modern 21st century democracy'

A neat solution to the West Lothian question, but what might go wrong?

Like many elegant ideas, David Cameron’s proposed solution to the West Lothian question could throw up some unintended consequences. For example...

Alex Salmond intervened in the planning process for Donald Trump’s golf course in Aberdeen

Donald Trump fails to deliver on golf resort jobs pledge

First Minister Alex Salmond is left in the rough over  ‘Great Dunes of Scotland’ investment

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