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

Rig gas leak plans 'progressing'

There has been "significant progress" towards plans to stop a gas leak on an offshore platform, the operator has said.

Christians 'should wear a cross' says Cardinal

Christians should wear a cross on their clothes every day as "a symbol of their beliefs", according to the head of the Catholic church in Scotland.

Nick Clegg urges 'no' to Scottish independence

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has urged Scots to say "No" to independence before working to achieve more devolved power within the United Kingdom.

Diana and Callist by Titian was yesterday rescued for the nation - for £45m

Artwork saved! But was it worth it?

A Titian masterpiece was yesterday rescued for the nation – for £45m. But should we have just let it go?

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi flies home to Tripoli

Minster pressed on Abdelbaset al-Megrahi claims

Scotland's Justice Secretary is facing demands to make a statement to Holyrood after it was claimed he sent a message to the Lockerbie bomber that he should drop his appeal against conviction to smooth the way for his compassionate release.

David Cameron challenged on independence offer

Alex Salmond has challenged Prime Minister David Cameron to “level” with the people of Scotland and answer three questions about his offer for more powers in return for rejecting independence.

Alex Salmond during First Minister's Questions at the Scottish Parliament yesterday

'Progress' made in referendum talks, says Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond said "modest progress" has been made in talks with the Scottish Secretary about the independence referendum.

Alex Salmond accused over wind farm plan

US tycoon Donald Trump has written to First Minister Alex Salmond, accusing him of seeming “hell-bent on destroying Scotland's coastline” with wind turbines.

Alex Salmond unveils Scottish referendum question

First Minister Alex Salmond today unveiled his plans for a "straightforward" vote on independence which could see Scotland leave the United Kingdom.

Wales 'could be next to secede from Britain'

The United Kingdom is like the Titanic and it is now "just a question of how long it takes to sink", a senior Conservative MP claimed yesterday.

Alex Salmond to unveil independence vote plans

Alex Salmond will today unveil his Government's plans for a vote on independence for Scotland.

Good ship UK 'is sinking like the Titanic'

The United Kingdom is like the Titanic and it is now "just a question of how long it takes to sink", a senior Conservative MP claimed yesterday.

Spain could wield veto over Scotland's EU membership

Independence for Scots could embolden separatists in Catalonia and Basque region, Madrid fears

Mountain-top wind farm halted

Plans for a giant wind farm on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park have been rejected by councillors – who travelled 3,600ft up the mountains to see its potential impact for themselves, as reported by The Independent.

Alex Salmond during First Minister's Questions at the Scottish Parliament yesterday

Alex Salmond seeks talks with Michael Moore

Alex Salmond has called for a meeting with the Scottish Secretary later this month to discuss the referendum on independence.

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?