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Scottish leader launches new independence drive

Stirling - Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Friday launched a major new survey on independence, saying the Brexit vote had changed the conditions that existed when Scotland voted against secession in 2014.

Tidal power turbines activated in Scotland

Lerwick - Tidal powered turbines installed off the coast of Shetland (Bluemull Sound) have been connected to the electricity grid and could herald a "new era" in tidal energy.

Gruinard Island — Its sinister past keeps people away

Gruinard Island is a small island that lies less than a mile from the Scottish mainland. The island is serene-looking now and appears to have an almost unnerving tranquility. But this may be because it was a place of death in the early 1940s.

Wind turbines produced enough energy to power Scotland for a day

On Sunday, high winds in Scotland boosted renewable energy output. As a result, Scotland's entire electricity needs were met.

Activists rally for Scottish independence after Brexit vote

Glasgow - Around 3,000 people rallied in Glasgow on Saturday demanding a second referendum on Scottish independence in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the EU.

PM May defends UK unity in Scotland visit

Edinburgh - Prime Minister Theresa May defended the UK's unity in Edinburgh Friday on her first visit as Britain's premier but said she was prepared to discuss options for Scotland's post-Brexit EU ties.

New British PM urged to respect Scottish anti-Brexit vote

London - Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon insisted Wednesday that Brexit should not apply to Scotland, where a majority voted for Britain to remain in the EU.

Spain, France reject Scottish role in Brexit talks

Brussels - Spanish and French leaders on Wednesday rejected any possibility of Scotland having a separate role in talks between Britain and the European Union after the Brexit vote.

EU's Juncker to meet Scotland's first minister on Wednesday: Spokesman

Brussels - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will hold talks in Brussels Wednesday with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who has said she plans to defend Scotland's place in the EU after a vote by Britain as a whole to leave the bloc.

Sturgeon to visit Brussels to defend Scotland's EU place

Edinburgh - Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she would travel to Brussels on Wednesday for talks to defend Scotland's place in the European Union after a vote by Britain as a whole to leave the bloc.

Review: The Proclaimers live in Croydon Special

Croydon - The iconic Scottish duo, comprising of twins Charlie and Craig Reid, performed a solid set at Fairfield Halls, the last major act to play the 54-year-old venue before a two-year refurbishment plan begins in July.

Sturgeon plans EU future for Scotland after Brexit

London - Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Sunday vowed to protect Scotland against the "devastating" fallout of Brexit and hinted her government may use legal means to try to block Britain's departure from the EU.

Sturgeon seeks immediate EU talks 'to protect Scotland's place' in bloc

Edinburgh - Scotland wants immediate talks with the European Union on protecting its place in the bloc, after Britain's vote to leave the EU, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Saturday.

Second Scottish independence vote 'on the table': Scotland leader

Edinburgh - Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Friday that a second independence vote was "on the table" after Britain voted to leave the European Union.

In Scotland, voters back EU with an eye on 'Scoxit'

Glasgow - In sunny Glasgow, many voters said they wanted Britain to stay in the European Union Thursday but were well aware that an overall Brexit result could lead to Scottish independence."Being in the EU is an advantage for Scotland.

Brexit could trigger Scottish independence in 2 years: Salmond

London - If Britain votes to leave the European Union in a referendum next month it could trigger a second ballot on Scottish independence within two years, senior Scottish separatist Alex Salmond told AFP.

Review: Donovan celebrates his 70th birthday at the London Palladium Special

London - Influential singer/songwriter Donovan Leitch has had a long and successful career. He performed at the London Palladium on May 6, four days before his 70th birthday.

Loch Ness monster find turns out to be film prop

London - A marine robot deployed in the waters of Scotland's Loch Ness has found the remains of a monster but it turned out to be a prop from a movie shot in 1970.

UK Comedy legend Ronnie Corbett dead at 85

The showbiz fraternity is in mourning today following the passing of one of the English speaking world's best-loved entertainers, a mainstay of British television and theatre for over 60 years.

Ben Nevis is actually higher than realized

Fort William - Ben Nevis, which is Britain's highest mountain, is actually taller than previously thought thanks to some new measurements.

Rock Hall of Famer, Donovan, looks back on 50 years in music Special

In three months' time, the Scottish-born singer, songwriter, musician and poet, often referred to as "the British Bob Dylan," will celebrate his 70th birthday with a show at the London Palladium. Digital Journal found out what keeps him motivated.

Gale force winds cause waterfalls to flow upside down in Scotland

Tobermory - When it rains really hard, most people might say it's "raining cats and dogs," but when it's Storm Henry coming ashore with gale force winds of 105 mph and heavy rains, you could say it's "raining hard enough to turn waterfalls upside down."

Bus passengers airlifted as Scotland bears floods brunt

Dumfries - Passengers were airlifted from a bus stuck in flood waters in Scotland and thousands of homes lost electricity on Wednesday as Storm Frank lashed northern Britain with heavy rains and gales.

Donald Trump loses fight against Scottish wind farm

London - United States presidential hopeful Donald Trump lost a legal bid Wednesday to stop a planned wind farm near his golf resort in Scotland, with his company calling the ruling "small-minded and parochial".

Air traffic control glitch affects Scottish airports

Flights to and from Scottish airports have been subject to delay today, Monday October 26, following an overnight problem at the Scottish Air Traffic Control Centre based at Prestwick.

Heavy pesticide use in Scotland revealed

Edinburgh - Some parts of the world are pushing ahead with organic farming and eschewing the use of pesticides. Not so in Scotland, it seems. Three new reports reveal the extent of pesticide use in the country.

Scottish nationalist leader wants new referendum only if enough support

Aberdeen - The leader of the separatist Scottish National Party Thursday played down the chance of a new independence referendum anytime soon as her party gathered to build momentum for vital elections in May.

Review: Rod Stewart re-releases his first five solo albums

One of the biggest selling artists of all time has put out a solid new CD set made up of the following classics: "An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down," "Gasoline Alley," "Every Picture Tells a Story," "Never a Dull Moment" and "Smiler."

Director Danny Boyle confirms Trainspotting 2

Nineteen years after they memorably burst on to the big screen, the main cast of this highly quotable cult classic are set to return for a much-anticipated sequel.

New health data released for Scotland with mixed messages

Edinburgh - Two contrasting reports have emerged about Scotland. One highlights a decline in smoking rates while the other highlights concerns about some of the people in the country, relative to others in the U.K.
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Ballot boxes are brought for vote counting at the Emirates Sports Arena in Glasgow on September 18, 2014
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Caledonian Forest remnant at Glen Affric west of Loch Ness  Scotland with Mam Dodhail in background.
Caledonian Forest remnant at Glen Affric west of Loch Ness, Scotland with Mam Dodhail in background.
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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
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Crannog on Loch Tay - Scotland
Crannog on Loch Tay - Scotland
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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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Ginger Pride march in Edinburgh  Scotland on August 10  2013.
Ginger Pride march in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 10, 2013.
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Oil spill on surface of North Sea.
Oil spill on surface of North Sea.
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Clyde  official mascot of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games
Clyde, official mascot of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games
Ibrox Park  Glasgow  home of Glasgow Rangers
Ibrox Park, Glasgow, home of Glasgow Rangers
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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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Rescue workers examine the wreckage of a police helicopter  which crashed onto the roof of the Cluth...
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
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Pro-union supporters celebrate as Scottish independence referendum results come in at a 'Better...
Pro-union supporters celebrate as Scottish independence referendum results come in at a 'Better Together' event in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 19, 2014
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Bottlenose dolphin pictured off the Scottish coast
Bottlenose dolphin pictured off the Scottish coast
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Scene from a short film of Isle of Mull s south coast.
Scene from a short film of Isle of Mull's south coast.
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Alan on stage back in the day.
Alan on stage back in the day.
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Referendum Agreement Signing

An historic accord that paves the way for a referendum on an independe...
Referendum Agreement Signing An historic accord that paves the way for a referendum on an independent Scotland was signed in Edinburgh today, after First Minister Alex Salmond reached an agreement with the Prime Minister David Cameron that will confirm the Scottish Parliament’s power to hold a vote that will be respected fully by both governments. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore also signed the agreement.
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Pj Malloys in Dunfermline  popular gig venue
Pj Malloys in Dunfermline, popular gig venue
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
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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.
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