News Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond presents the White Paper for Scottish independence

Scotland's First Minister will have face-to-face talks with the latest Bank of England governor for the first time

London 2012 Olympic Games legacy 'non-existent', says medalist Liz McColgan

Olympic medalist Liz McColgan has said she fears that a generation of aspiring athletes will see no benefit from any “legacy” from the London Games.

Controversial cardinal Keith O’Brien thinks gay marriage is like slavery and compared abortion to the Dunblane massacre

Keith O'Brien: Catholic madman or prodigal son?

There are two starkly different ways of viewing the pronouncements of Cardinal Keith O'Brien over the past few years.

Runners in luminous suits mark the start of Edinburgh festival

Hundreds of runners wearing specially-designed luminous suits are marking the start of the Edinburgh International Festival.

No inquiry on Glasgow refugee family tower block deaths

The deaths of three asylum seekers who apparently leapt from a tower block more than two years ago will not be the subject of a fatal accident inquiry, officials have announced.

Lights on for Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh International Festival gets under way today, with hundreds of runners in luminous suits bringing the landmark Arthur's Seat to life at night during the three-week programme.

Scotland throws down equality gauntlet as it announces plans to allow same sex marriages

Scotland threw down the equality gauntlet today and announced plans to become the first jurisdiction in Britain to allow same sex marriages. It means that if the bill passes through the Scottish parliament unhindered gay couples would be able to legally wed as early as 2014.

Scotland's gay marriage law to progress

The Scottish Government said it plans to legalise same-sex marriage, with Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon insisting the controversial move is the “right thing to do”.

Edinburgh Legionnaires' cases rise to 37

The number of suspected cases of Legionnaires' disease in a deadly outbreak has increased to 37, the Scottish Health Secretary has said.

Councils face 'difficult' council tax benefits challenge

Giving town halls responsibility for paying council tax benefits to the poorest families while cutting funding by 10% has left them with a "difficult" challenge, it has been suggested.

Under new rules, an average built man may not be able to consume even one pint and drive home and drive home

Scottish Government set to lower drink-drive limit

The Scottish Government have today announced plans to almost half the drink-drive limit with a new scheme being implemented “as soon as possible”.

Scottish independence 'needs second question'

Veteran MP George Galloway has said the Scottish independence referendum should include a second question calling for more devolved powers instead of secession.

Critics hit out at Scottish Government's minimum alcohol pricing plan

Critics of the Scottish Government's plans for minimum pricing have hit out at the proposed 50p-a-unit price, branding it a regressive charge which will treat drinkers “as if they're children to be nannied by the Government”.

Donald Trump surveys his new golf resort in north-east Scotland

Wind farms will kill tourism, says Donald Trump

US tycoon Donald Trump has told the Scottish Parliament that wind farms will destroy tourism.

Donald Trump surveys his new golf resort in north-east Scotland

Donald Trump launches wind farms broadside

US tycoon Donald Trump has warned that wind farms could "completely end" tourism in Scotland and the country is "in effect committing financial suicide".

Lockerbie bomber receives 11 litres of blood

The family of Lockerbie bomber Abdulbasit al-Megrahi said yesterday that he had received 11 litres of blood in an emergency transfusion.

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