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Scottish leader vows to reject UK PM's Brexit deal

London - Scotland's pro-independence leader vowed on Monday to vote against any Brexit agreement that fails to preserve much closer EU-UK ties than currently under discussion.

Fine French wine fetches record-smashing $558,000 at auction

New York - A bottle of 1945 Romanee-Conti wine fetched a record-smashing $558,000 at an auction held at Sotheby's in New York Saturday, which saw two bottles break the previous record.

20,000 rally for Scottish independence as Brexit looms

Edinburgh - Some 20,000 people marched through Edinburgh on Saturday calling for Scottish independence, officials said, less than six months before Britain's planned departure from the European Union.

Rare bottle of Scotch whisky fetches record price

Edinburgh - An extremely rare bottle of whisky was sold for a new world record at auction in Edinburgh on Wednesday.The 60-year-old Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 was sold at Bonhams for a total £848,750 (about $1.

Japanese architect's new V&A museum opens in Scotland

Dundee - A futuristic museum designed by Tokyo Olympic Stadium architect Kengo Kuma and featuring exterior concrete slabs in a hull shape was unveiled in Scotland on Wednesday.

Alex Salmond stuns Scottish politics with SNP resignation

London - Scotland was reeling Thursday after Alex Salmond's shock resignation from the Scottish National Party following allegations of sexual misconduct against the staunch nationalist who nearly led Scotland to independence in 2014.

Scotland ex-first minister quits SNP amid harassment claims

London - Alex Salmond, the former nationalist leader who took Scotland to the brink of independence in 2014, said Wednesday he has resigned from the Scottish National Party (SNP) amid sexual misconduct accusations.

Former Scottish leader Salmond accused of sexual misconduct

Edinburgh - Alex Salmond, the former nationalist leader who took Scotland to the brink of independence in 2014, has denied accusations of sexual misconduct which were reported in a Scottish newspaper on Friday.

Scotland has been chosen to host U.K.'s first spaceport

After several years of study and consideration, the British government announced July 15 that it will start development of a new spaceport in northern Scotland, while an English airport signed a deal that could also lead to launches from its facility.

Bad blood over golf course stalks Trump's Scotland trip

Edinburgh - Discord over a golf course dating back over a decade means there is little love lost between Donald Trump and the pro-independence government in Scotland, where he will be teeing off over the weekend during his visit to Britain.

Catalan leader travels to Scotland for historic talks

Edinburgh - After years of holding Catalan separatists at arm's length despite obvious sympathy for their cause, Scotland's pro-independence First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets Catalan president Quim Torra for the first time on Wednesday.

Aberdeen wind farm opposed by Donald Trump generates first power

An offshore wind farm in Scotland, that was fervently opposed by President Donald Trump a few years ago, has commenced operations. Located 1.5 miles off the Aberdeenshire coast, it is fully visible from a golf course owned by the President.

Scientist launches hunt for Loch Ness 'monster DNA'

Tales of a giant creature lurking beneath the murky waves of Loch Ness have been around for more than 1,500 years -- and one academic hopes the marvels of modern science can finally unravel the mystery.

Glasgow blaze guts one of world's top art schools - again

Glasgow - Fire devastated one of the world's top art schools once again on Saturday, destroying four years of restoration work after a previous blaze ripped through the historic Glasgow School of Art.

Blaze guts one of world's top art schools in Glasgow -- again

London - Fire ripped through one of the world's top art schools early on Saturday as the historic building in the Scottish city of Glasgow was undergoing major restoration work following another blaze four years ago.

Scottish leader urges separatists to wait for independence vote

Aberdeen - Scotland's nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon on Saturday urged impatient separatists to quell their desire for a swift new referendum on independence from the rest of Britain.

Homeless village opens in Edinburgh following celebrity fundraisers

Edinburgh - A charity backed by celebrities including George Clooney and Leonardo Di Caprio on Thursday opened a village devoted entirely to homeless people in Edinburgh.

Five residents win bid to buy Scottish island

London - Residents on a remote Scottish island of pristine beaches, lush hills and craggy coastlines celebrated on Friday after reaching an agreement to buy their home, fending off bids from tycoons.

Scotland to review conviction of Lockerbie bomber

Edinburgh - A Scottish commission responsible for investigating miscarriages of justice on Thursday said it will review the conviction of a man jailed for bombing a plane over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988.

Catalan ex-minister confident Scotland will reject Spain's extradition demand

Edinburgh - Former Catalan minister Clara Ponsati, who is wanted for her role in last year's independence bid, said on Sunday that she is confident Scottish courts will reject Spain's extradition demand.

Catalan ex-minister surrenders to police in Scotland

Edinburgh - Former Catalan minister Clara Ponsati, who is wanted by Spain for her role in last year's independence bid, surrendered to Scottish police Wednesday to face arrest under a European warrant.

Scotland, Wales move to curb Brexit 'power grab' by London

Edinburgh - A constitutional crisis in Britain inched closer Tuesday as lawmakers in Scotland and Wales moved to introduce their own legislation to prevent a perceived "power grab" by London following Brexit.

'Trainspotting generation': Alarm as Scotland drug deaths spike

Edinburgh - Scotland has seen a sharp rise in the number of drug deaths as years of abuse by the so-called "Trainspotting generation" finally take their toll, prompting calls for a rethink on drug policy.

Calls for action over dirty money flowing through Scotland

Edinburgh - Dirty money from eastern Europe is flowing through companies registered to nondescript properties across Scotland in a practice that has alarmed global campaigners and policymakers, experts say.

Dozens of historic sites in Scotland at risk from climate change

A climate change risk survey has just been completed for historic sites in Scotland, and the news is not good. Dozens of Scotland’s most famous historic sites are at very high risk of being badly damaged by climate change and need urgent protection.

Taking on tycoons, five residents bid to buy Scottish island

Edinburgh - When tycoons in helicopters began landing on Scotland's Isle of Ulva, its five tenants feared their way of life might be coming to an end.

Scotland leader Sturgeon urges Catalonia talks

Glasgow - Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called Tuesday for a diplomatic resolution to the Catalonia crisis and while backing Catalonians' "right to determine their own future.

Scottish nationalists urge Spain to 'respect' Catalan vote

Glasgow - The Scottish National Party on Monday urged the Spanish government to "respect the overwhelming 'si' vote" in the Catalan independence referendum in a resolution at its annual conference.

Catalonia looms large at Scottish nationalist conference

Glasgow - The crackdown in Catalonia looms large over the Scottish National Party's annual conference that opens Sunday, where the leadership is under pressure from some members to address Scotland's own independence ambitions.

Anglican Church penalises Scottish arm over gay marriage

London - The Anglican Church on Tuesday disciplined its Scottish branch for deciding to allow same-sex couples to get married in its churches.
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