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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.

'We are Catalans': Scots voice referendum solidarity

Edinburgh - Sympathy with Catalonia's bid to hold an independence referendum next week is running high in Scotland, where lawmakers are increasingly vocal in condemning Spain's actions and a group of volunteers is heading out to help.

Scottish leader raises concern over Catalonia crisis

Glasgow - Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon expressed concern Thursday about the Spanish government's crackdown in Catalonia, as demonstrators gathered in Glasgow in support of self-determination.

Scottish Labour party leader quits

London - Kezia Dugdale on Tuesday quit as leader of Britain's centre-left Labour party in Scotland, saying that the party needed a "new leader with fresh energy, drive and a new mandate.

Scottish leader rules out new independence vote for now

Edinburgh - Scotland's under-fire leader Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday deferred plans for a second independence referendum, after a British general election in which her secessionist party suffered major losses.

Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon delays plan for new independence vote

Edinburgh - Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday postponed preparations for a second independence referendum, after a British general election in which her secessionist party suffered major losses.

As May licks wounds, charismatic Scottish leader rises

London - A charismatic politician with a sense of humour who is respected even by her rivals, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson was everything Prime Minister Theresa May was not on the campaign trail.

Election dents Scottish nationalists' hopes for independence

Glasgow - Scotland's leader Nicola Sturgeon on Friday promised to "reflect" on major losses for her Scottish National Party in Britain's general election, admitting the poor performance was in part down to her independence plans.

Scottish Conservative leader hopes to rein in independence

Perth - There is a running joke in Scotland that it has more pandas than Conservative members of parliament.
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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.
Creative Commons
This is what a Scottish spaceport could look like in the early 2020s
This is what a Scottish spaceport could look like in the early 2020s
Perfect Circle PV
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond (left) with UK Prime Minister David Cameron after the signing o...
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond (left) with UK Prime Minister David Cameron after the signing of the Edinburgh Agreement on a referendum on Scottish independence.
Scottish Government
Athnamulloch Bothy in Glen Affric  Scotland. The bothy s presently run-down but plans are afoot for ...
Athnamulloch Bothy in Glen Affric, Scotland. The bothy's presently run-down but plans are afoot for refurbishment.
Trees for Life - by permission
The expert host provided plenty of information about the whiskies  the distilleries and things of lo...
The expert host provided plenty of information about the whiskies, the distilleries and things of local interest in Scotland and Ireland.
Pj Malloys in Dunfermline  popular gig venue
Pj Malloys in Dunfermline, popular gig venue
Red Deer pictured near remnant of Caledonian Forest at Invercauld House near Braemar  Scotland. Pict...
Red Deer pictured near remnant of Caledonian Forest at Invercauld House near Braemar, Scotland. Picturesque but deer can be a threat to the establishment of Caledonian pinewoods by munching on newly germinated trees.
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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.
Wikimedia Commons
Police officers speak to to two women at a hotel adjacent to where helicopter crashed on a pub in th...
Police officers speak to to two women at a hotel adjacent to where helicopter crashed on a pub in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland, November 30, 2013
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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
Alan Mair
Alan Mair
Natasha Bennett
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
A silent disco at Edinburgh  Scotland.
A silent disco at Edinburgh, Scotland.
Underbelly Limited
The Proclaimers leave the stage to thunderous applause before coming on for the encore.
The Proclaimers leave the stage to thunderous applause before coming on for the encore.
Michael Forster
English: Bearreraig Bay A view across the bay to Rubha Sughar  from the mouth of the Bearreraig Rive...
English: Bearreraig Bay A view across the bay to Rubha Sughar, from the mouth of the Bearreraig River that flows down from Loch Leathan.
John Allan
Edinburgh Castle  Scotland.
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland.
Neil Gunn
Glasgow Caledonian University
Glasgow Caledonian University
Thomas Nugent
Afore the Bells - Hogmanay at The Queen s Hall - Mon 31 December 2012 - The Queen s Hall  Edinburgh
Afore the Bells - Hogmanay at The Queen's Hall - Mon 31 December 2012 - The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
The Queen's Hall
Bottlenose dolphin pictured off the Scottish coast
Bottlenose dolphin pictured off the Scottish coast
Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust
Edinburgh Sherrif court
Edinburgh Sherrif court
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