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

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Rare species discovered under water

A brainless and faceless fish was one of 15 rare species discovered during a series of marine surveys this year.

Cameron mulls minimum price for alcohol in England

A minimum price for alcohol could be imposed on shops and supermarkets under Government plans to tackle binge-drinking, it emerged last night. David Cameron is understood to have instructed officials to develop detailed proposals to ban the sale of drink at below between 40p and 50p a unit.

MSPs vote to reject welfare bill

The Scottish Parliament has refused to rubber-stamp controversial benefit changes linked to Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reform programme.

Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell who has warned that holding the United Kingdom together will be an 'enormous challenge'

'Enormous challenge' to preserve UK

Holding the United Kingdom together will be an "enormous challenge", Britain's most senior civil servant has warned.

Each year, drink leads to the admission
of more than a million people to hospital for treatment of alcohol related cancers, liver disease, and poisoning

Britain's alcohol crisis: Is there a cure for the biggest hangover in Europe?

Health Secretary rejects laws on drink prices, and says he has a plan to sober up some of Britain's drunks

Call to ban alcohol sales at 'pocket money prices'

Thousands of lives could be saved if cheap alcoholic drinks were made more expensive, medical experts said.

Stormy winds disrupt schools and transport

Stormy winds battered parts of the UK today, causing widespread disruption to schools and transport, but respite from the severe conditions is expected tomorrow.

Jeremy Laurance: Why low alcohol prices are a matter of life and death

A senior doctor, now chairman of a large NHS trust, described to me a meeting he attended at No 10 of experts advising the Prime Minister on the perils faced by young people in the presence of alcohol. Sir Terry Leahy, the former boss of Tesco, was present, and he ferociously defended the right of supermarkets to charge what they like for alcohol. The price had no bearing on the amount people drank, he said. The doctor was outraged and launched a one man boycott of the supermarket. "I have never shopped in Tesco since," he said.

Labour tops Tories on donations

Labour outstripped the Tories in party fundraising over the summer by nearly 30%, the latest official figures show.

Fertility chief's scathing attack on anti-abortion campaigners

Pro-choice campaigners are fearful about a step-by-step attempt to tighten up service provision

The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik, Underbelly, Edinburgh

The world has warmed, the seas have risen, but Alvin Sputnik is dealing with a personal grief - the death of his beloved wife.

Video: Brad Pitt on set in Glasgow

Brad Pitt on the set of new zombie film, World War Z in Glasgow, Scotland.

My Edinburgh: Phill Jupitus, comedian

It is difficult to narrow down exactly how to best absorb the multifarious delights of Edinburgh in August but make the effort to book a few of your own favourites online before you come, which will give your visit a bit of structure. Then when you do hit town, ask friends what they liked. By the end of the first week the buzz about good shows is always palpable. Above all else, take risks. Last year I spent an hour with a small audience helpless with laughter watching three Japanese clowns.

Tax officers visit Ibrox over dispute

Sheriff officers have visited Ibrox as Rangers' dispute with the taxman continues, serving papers as part of the process of payment.

Jessica Fostekew: Luxury Tramp, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Jessica Fostekew has enjoyed some decent placings in a number of comedy competitions in the last three years and this solid Fringe debut will be another boon to her career.

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