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Church of Scotland decision on married gay clergy delayed

London - A Church of Scotland decision on whether to allow the ordination of married gay ministers was delayed on Thursday to allow wider consultation.The Church's presbyteries, or local areas, will now be asked to vote on the issue before it can be approved.

Church of Scotland to allow gay ministers in civil partnerships

As Ireland prepares to vote on allowing gay marriages, progress on LGBT rights is also making headway in nearby Scotland. The Church of Scotland has voted to allow gay ministers in civil marriages to serve the church and its parishioners.

'Lion roars' as Scottish nationalists score historic sweep

Glasgow - The Scottish National Party (SNP) won a landslide in Scotland on Friday, destroying the Labour party north of the border in a historic leap forward which could increase pressure for a fresh referendum on independence.

All eyes on Scotland in Britain's knife-edge vote

Glasgow - All eyes will be on Scotland on Thursday as the Scottish National Party looks set for a landslide victory in Britain's general election, a result that could hand it the role of kingmaker.

Scotland to have country's first official Nudist Camp this summer

The first official nudist camp in Scotland is set to lay bare convention in the country and let it all hang out in August. The two-day event is being hosted by Scottish branch of a group called British Naturism (BN) and is taking place in a forest.

Eyeing power, SNP launches British election manifesto

Edinburgh - The pro-independence Scottish National Party offered a "hand of friendship" Monday to voters across Britain, offering reassurance about the key role it could play in government after May's tight election.

Nationalist landslide in Scotland holds key to UK vote

Edinburgh - Scottish nationalists are preparing for landslide election gains at the expense of Labour next month but also holding out the offer of a pact that could put the centre-left party in power.

Scottish nationalists offer to help Britain's Labour to power

London - The Scottish National Party leader offered to help British Labour party leader Ed Miliband become prime minister, while raising the possibility of seeking another independence referendum after 2016.

Less than one-third of Scotch Whisky distilleries Scottish-owned

Glasgow - New research published today in the Glasgow-based The Herald newspaper reveals that a high proportion of Scotch Whisky drunk in the world today isn’t very Scottish at all, at least when it comes to ownership of whisky distilleries.

Black Market Tune: An intriguing musical prospect Special

Digital Journal talks to Paul Dangl, violinist and vocalist with the Austro-Scottish folk quartet who are currently in the middle of their first Australian tour.

J.K. Rowling's Scottish haunt—The Elephant House coffee shop Special

Edinburgh - If, when visiting Edinburgh, Scotland, you feel like a warm drink and a bite to eat, wander over to the Old City and find The Elephant House, the eatery voted the best coffee shop in Edinburgh and where J.K. Rowling became inspired to write Harry Potter.

Demand for separate Scottish representation in European Union

Edinburgh - The Scottish National Party (SNP), the governing party in Scotland’s devolved parliament based in Edinburgh, today called for Scotland to have its own representation in the European Union (EU) and other international bodies.

Six killed as lorry ploughs into Glasgow Christmas shoppers

Glasgow - Six people were killed and eight others injured in Glasgow, Scotland on Monday when a bin lorry ploughed into crowds of Christmas shoppers in what appeared to be a tragic accident.

Op-Ed: Whisky review #6: Glenlivet Special

Digital Journal presents its sixth whisky review and one just in time for the wintry festive season. This time up it is one of the most popular single malts in the world - Glenlivet 12 year-old.

Jim Murphy named leader of Scottish Labour Party

Edinburgh - The struggling opposition Labour Party in Scotland on Saturday announced that Jim Murphy will be its new leader following the acrimonious departure of previous leader Johann Lamont.

Scotland to be granted income tax autonomy

London - Scotland is set to get sweeping new powers including setting its own income tax rates, under plans unveiled Thursday by a cross-party commission on greater devolution.

Scotch whisky production resumes in Scotland's deep south

Annan - A little bit of whisky history was made in Scotland last weekend as the Annandale Distillery, near Annan, Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland’s far south, opened its doors to the public and resumed whisky production after a gap of 95 years.

Op-Ed: Whisky review #5: Monkey's Shoulder Special

With the fifth our whisky reviews we move into central Scotland to the region Speyside to try Monkey's Shoulder. This whisky is quite special, consisting of three whiskies blended together.

Russia's Putin, EU's Barroso burnt on British bonfires

Lewes - Russian President Vladimir Putin in nothing but green underwear and European leader Jose Manuel Barroso are among those being paraded and burned during traditional British bonfire celebrations this week.

Double boost for award-winning Scottish forest and wildlife

Edinburgh - Plans to safeguard and restore Glen Affric, one of Scotland’s most iconic and beautiful glens received a double boost last weekend when conservation charity Trees for Life secured funding of almost £80,000 for new forest conservation projects.

1,000 year old Viking treasure unearthed in Scotland

Dumfries - A retired businessman has discovered an ancient Viking treasure while exploring with a metal detector in the Scottish coastal city of Dumfries, in Dumfriesshire.

Viking treasure hoard of over 100 items found in Scotland

A retired businessman using a metal detector has discovered a treasure trove of over 100 Viking artifacts in a field in Dumfriesshire, southwest Scotland. The Viking hoard of treasure dates back over 1,000 years, and is considered an important find.

Scotland’s wild spaces could see lynx and wolf return

Edinburgh - Could these two long departed predators make a return to Scotland’s wild spaces? A leading writer and an acclaimed conservationist will today argue the case for their return.

British PM to apologise to queen over purring gaffe

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron will apologise to Queen Elizabeth II in person after describing how she "purred" down the telephone when he told her Scotland had rejected independence, media reported Thursday.

Introducing haggis and whiskey flavored potato chips

Not only did the citizens of Scotland rise up to proclaim their decision to remain part of the U.K., but they have apparently decided to give voice to what they want their potato chips to taste like. Their choices may surprise you.

An independence vote-rigging conspiracy theory is sweeping Scotland

An online petition demanding a revote in the Scottish independence referendum is now at almost 100,000 signatures as vote rigging conspiracies continue to gain momentum among disappointed pro-independence campaigners.

Scottish Referendum: 'No' voters were 'tricked' says Alex Salmond

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has said voters that rejected independence for Scotland were "tricked" by a late promise of greater powers.

Squabbling as PM targets 'unfairness' left by Scottish vote

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron insisted on Sunday that further devolution promised to Scotland could not leave England "overridden", as initial relief over the Scottish people's decision to reject independence gave way to squabbling over powers.

Scotland fears loss of new powers in referendum hangover

Edinburgh - Having rejected independence and lost First Minister Alex Salmond, Scotland woke up to an unsettled future Saturday as fears grew that new powers promised by London will prove a disappointment.

Scottish leader quits, Queen urges unity

Edinburgh - Scottish leader Alex Salmond said he would resign after losing an independence referendum that left the United Kingdom intact, while Queen Elizabeth II called for "mutual respect" among Scots following a divisive campaign.
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Fireworks in Edinburgh Hogmanay  Scotland  January 1  2013.
Fireworks in Edinburgh Hogmanay, Scotland, January 1, 2013.
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A huge reef of flame shells found off Scottish coast
A huge reef of flame shells found off Scottish coast
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Forensic officers leave the home where missing three year old Mikaeel Kular lives in Edinburgh  Scot...
Forensic officers leave the home where missing three year old Mikaeel Kular lives in Edinburgh, Scotland January 17, 2014. The boy was last seen on Wednesday night when he was put to bed in his home
With permission by Reuters / Russell Cheyne
Susan Boyle
Susan Boyle
A young humpback whale is lifted from the sea off the Isle of Mull in Scotland. Scotland s first ful...
A young humpback whale is lifted from the sea off the Isle of Mull in Scotland. Scotland's first full post mortem on a humpback whale was subsequently performed on the animal.
Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust
A young marcher at Yes Scotland s first Scottish independence rally on Sept. 22  2012
A young marcher at Yes Scotland's first Scottish independence rally on Sept. 22, 2012
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Members of the public and professional services take part in the search for missing 3-year-old Mikae...
Members of the public and professional services take part in the search for missing 3-year-old Mikaeel Kular in the Silver Knowes area of Edinburgh, Scotland, January 17, 2014
With permission by Reuters / Russell Cheyne
Nicola Sturgeon MSP
Nicola Sturgeon MSP
Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI
Glen Affric in Scotland s Highland region  one of Scotland s most beautiful and iconic wildernesses.
Glen Affric in Scotland's Highland region, one of Scotland's most beautiful and iconic wildernesses.
Wikimedia Commons
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The Papal Visit website
Capercaillie a native of the Scottish Highlands pictured at Glen Affric  near Loch Ness  Scotland
Capercaillie a native of the Scottish Highlands pictured at Glen Affric, near Loch Ness, Scotland
Trees for Life - By permission
Black Market Tune
Black Market Tune
Anna Gilfillan
The view from Compass Hill on Canna  overlooking Canna Bay
The view from Compass Hill on Canna, overlooking Canna Bay
Wikimedia Commons
Scattered remnants of a once great forest - Mature Scots Pine Pinus sylvestris. Glen Quoich  looking...
Scattered remnants of a once great forest - Mature Scots Pine Pinus sylvestris. Glen Quoich, looking towards Beinn a Bhuird, Scotland.
Graham Lewis - Wikipedia CC License
Scottish Christmas Tree Range grows Fraser Fir  Nordman Fir and Norway Spruce Christmas Trees.
Scottish Christmas Tree Range grows Fraser Fir, Nordman Fir and Norway Spruce Christmas Trees.
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 Furtivo  the snake found on a flight from Cancun at Glasgow airport
'Furtivo' the snake found on a flight from Cancun at Glasgow airport
Scottish SPCA
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The Ardnamurchan peninsula in Scotland
The Ardnamurchan peninsula in Scotland
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Rescue workers examine the wreckage of a police helicopter which crashed onto the roof of the Clutha...
Rescue workers examine the wreckage of a police helicopter which crashed onto the roof of the Clutha Vaults pub in Glasgow, Scotland November 30, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Russell Cheyne