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Support for Scottish independence growing, poll shows

Glasgow - Support for Scottish independence is increasing three weeks ahead of a referendum, a poll published Friday showed, amid attempts by British Prime Minister David Cameron to make the business case for retaining the union.

Police Chief links vandalism decline to rise in Internet trolling

Glasgow - Scotland’s top police officer, Chief Constable Sir Stephen House, has compared the modern-day rise of Internet trolls posting abusive messages online with graffiti artists of old, daubing their messages on city buildings or any other convenient "media."

Scottish independence leader seen as victor in final debate

London - Campaign leaders clashed over Scotland's future in a fiery final TV showdown, with the pro-independence side hoping a strong showing will give them momentum as postal voting begins on Tuesday.

One month to Scottish independence vote, Yes camp in tough fight

Glasgow - With a month to go until Scotland votes on independence from Britain, polls suggest the plan will be defeated, leaving First Minister Alex Salmond and the Yes camp in an uphill battle to secure victory.

Jagger leads British celebs urging Scots to stay in UK

London - More than 200 British celebrities, including Mick Jagger, Stephen Hawking and Judi Dench, have signed a letter urging Scotland to stick with the United Kingdom in next month's independence referendum.

Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 Special

Glasgow - Today, July 23, sees the start of the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow. In temperatures surprisingly warm for the Scottish city, athletes, spectators and citizens have been enjoying the build up to the opening ceremony due to take place this evening.

First full humpback whale post mortem performed in Scotland

Tobermory - Scotland’s increased importance as a unique marine habitat for large species had its sadder side, Friday. Experts performed Scotland’s first full post mortem after a humpback whale was found floating in seas off the Isle of Mull.

Scots, English face off at Bannockburn battle once again

Kirkoswald - Scottish and English fighters will meet again on the battlefield Saturday to mark 700 years since their legendary clash at Bannockburn, in an anniversary laden with symbolism just months before Scotland votes on whether to leave the UK.

Hiker in flip-flops needs a rescue team from 4,000 ft mountain

Fort William - Tourists of Scotland's 4,006 ft mountain, Aonach Mor, wanted to get in touch with nature by wearing minimal to no footwear. Incidentally, one member of the group hurt his ankle and needed to be stretchered down from the mountain.

Three people jailed for wrapping bacon around mosque door handles

Edinburgh - Three people were given jail sentences after having defaced a Scottish mosque back in January 2013. According to sources, the group wrapped bacon around the door handles and threw some through the front doorway.

Scots fan at England v Uruguay goes viral (video)

Glasgow - It was a tense game as England faced Uruguay in the World Cup on Thursday night, with fans across the UK glued to their televisions. Imagine their surprise when one of the supporters wearing blue and white wasn't quite what they expected.

Man tries to row from New York to Scotland, saved by Coast Guard

A Scotsman attempting to row by himself from New York to Stornoway, Scotland found himself caught in a bad storm about 50 nautical miles off the U.S. coast. Fortunately, a Coast Guard rescue team made their way to him just in time.

Was a murder caught on Google Street View? (Video)

Edinburgh - People have found some pretty weird things using Google's Street View, with everything from people making love to donkeys lying dead on the street. This time was more serious, however, as it looked like a grisly murder was taking place.

New Whale Week festival spotlights Scotland’s rich marine habitat

Tobermory - Believed to be the first event of its kind in Scotland, the inaugural Whale Week festival, highlighting the importance of Scotland’s west coast, peppered with islands and inlets, as a habitat for cetaceans, kicks off on Sunday, June 8.

Tibetan tranquility in the Scottish Borders Special

Eskdalemuir - Tucked away amongst the mountains and forest of the Scottish Borders is a haven of peace and tranquility known as the Kagyu Samye Ling, a Tibetan Monastery where visitors are welcome to come and enjoy the facilities and take part in activities.

Stunning sculpture: The Kelpies horse-heads open in Scotland

Falkirk - A major new cultural landmark now graces the countryside in central Scotland as the breathtaking Kelpies sculptures near Falkirk was officially launched Thursday and will open to the public Easter Monday.

Glasgow 2014: Demolition cancelled following protests

Glasgow - It must have seemed like a good idea to the organisers of this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, but the demolition of five tower blocks as part of the opening ceremony has been cancelled following protests.

UK website launched for May film Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return

The Royal Blog of Oz, the "Wizard of Oz"/L. Frank Baum blog of Dorothy and Ozma Productions, owned by Jared Davis and others in the Oz community recently reported that the United Kingdom website for Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return has launched.

Royal Navy chief warns of threat posed by Scottish independence

London - Britain's Royal Navy chief on Tuesday warned that an independent Scotland would "damage the very heart" of the military service.

Scotland's leader woos Labour, women ahead of independence vote

Aberdeen - Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond set aside party politics in a major speech on Saturday as he appealed to Labour voters and women to back independence in the nation's upcoming referendum.

Protest over bird of prey deaths in Scotland

Inverness - A protest took place today, April 12, in Inverness over the deaths of 19 birds of prey in the region. Twelve have been confirmed to have been poisoned.

Independence vote about Scotland future, not the SNP says Salmond

Aberdeen - Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond will reach out to voters on Saturday in a key speech on the independence referendum, saying the ballot is about the country's future not his party's.

The Kelpies sculpture in Scotland close to completion

Falkirk - An incredible monument to the use of horse power in Scotland's past is nearing completion on the Forth and Clyde canal near Falkirk.

Independence — Is Scotland ‘Better Together’ than 'Independent'? Special

Glasgow - Danny Quinn, known as Scottish Hip Hop emcee, Wee D, discusses why he feels he is fortunate and is firmly in the ‘Better Together’ camp and not voting 'Yes’ in the upcoming referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country.

We Are Not A United Kingdom— We need change not 'Independence' Special

Glasgow - Danny Quinn, known as Scottish Hip Hop emcee, Wee D, continues his chat with discussing the video, ‘We Are Not A United Kingdom’, produced by Omar Al-Zidjali of Redtree pictures. Danny explains why this piece is not only about Scotland's future.

Emcee WeeD—Hip Hop not just about money making or shooting people Special

Glasgow - In connection to his video, ‘We Are Not A United Kingdom’, Danny Quinn, known as Scottish Hip Hop artist and emcee, Wee D, talks about Hip Hop, his reasons for using and defending this musical genre and the benefits of Hip Hop for young people.

Danny Gillan on 'independence'— Should Scotland be independent? Special

Glasgow - Scotland will hold a referendum for independence from the UK in September. Scottish writer, Danny Gillan, continues his conversation about the future of his homeland as an independent state and whether in his view Scotland should have independence.

Danny Gillan on 'independence'— Can Scotland survive and prosper? Special

Glasgow - In September, Scotland will vote in a referendum for independence. Scottish writer Danny Gillan discusses if Scotland is ready to be an independent country; can Scotland survive and prosper and whether Scotland should declare independent statehood.

April McFool! British papers poke fun at Scottish vote

London - An independent Scotland would drive on the right, replace the queen's head on coins and bring in UN peacekeepers with purple berets -- if Britain's newspapers were to believed on April Fool's Day.

Companies gear up for vote on Scottish independence

Edinburgh - Six months before Scotland votes in a referendum on whether to become independent from the rest of Britain, major companies are going public on their plans whatever the outcome.Firms ranging from Royal Bank of Scotland to British Airways and Royal Dutc...
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Videographer Maciej Winiarczyk was lucky to capture two unusual phenomena at once in Scotland in ear...
Videographer Maciej Winiarczyk was lucky to capture two unusual phenomena at once in Scotland in early August. The Aurora Borealis, combined with noctilucent clouds.
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Oil spill on surface of North Sea.
Oil spill on surface of North Sea.
Marine Scotland surveillance vessel
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Detailed designs beautifully worked by craftsmen
Detailed designs beautifully worked by craftsmen
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Debating chamber - Scottish parliament
Debating chamber - Scottish parliament
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Gavin Hastings
Gavin Hastings
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Nicola Sturgeon MSP
Nicola Sturgeon MSP
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The view from Compass Hill on Canna  overlooking Canna Bay
The view from Compass Hill on Canna, overlooking Canna Bay
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If this Scottish wildcat seems unduly ferocious  that s because it s yawning.
If this Scottish wildcat seems unduly ferocious, that's because it's yawning.
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Glasgow Caledonian University
Glasgow Caledonian University
Thomas Nugent
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Bilingual sign in Gaelic and English in Scotland.
Bilingual sign in Gaelic and English in Scotland.
Ruaridh McIlleathain
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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
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A basking shark alongside the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust research yacht Silurian  off Scotlan...
A basking shark alongside the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust research yacht Silurian, off Scotland's west coast.
Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust
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Trees for Life s Alan Watson Featherstone with a giant Scots pine uprooted during severe storms that...
Trees for Life's Alan Watson Featherstone with a giant Scots pine uprooted during severe storms that struck Dundreggan Conservation Estate near Loch Ness, Scotland, Dec. 2013
Trees for Life - by permission
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Stirling Castle: One of the largest and most important castles  both historically and architecturall...
Stirling Castle: One of the largest and most important castles, both historically and architecturally, in Scotland.
Neil Gunn
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The main temple building
The main temple building
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Scotland s Sunday Herald newspaper has become the first mainstream media title to pledge support for...
Scotland's Sunday Herald newspaper has become the first mainstream media title to pledge support for a 'Yes' vote in Scotland's referendum on independence from the UK.
Sunday Herald - Fair Use
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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
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John Swinney MSP
John Swinney MSP
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The foreboding Buachaille Etive Mòr in Glencoe in winter has claimed the lives of many climbers.
The foreboding Buachaille Etive Mòr in Glencoe in winter has claimed the lives of many climbers.
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Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham and Superintendent Liz McAinsh (R) brief the media regardin...
Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham and Superintendent Liz McAinsh (R) brief the media regarding missing three year old Mikaeel Kular 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
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