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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.

Queen urges unity after Scotland rejects independence

Edinburgh - Scottish leader Alex Salmond said Friday 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.

Salmond to resign after Scotland rejects independence

Edinburgh - Scotland's pro-independence leader Alex Salmond said Friday he would resign after losing a referendum that left the United Kingdom intact but opened a Pandora's box of demands for more autonomy across Britain.

Catalans press independence vote despite Scottish 'No'

Barcelona - The Spanish government on Friday welcomed Scotland's "No" vote on independence, but Catalans determined to break away from Spain pushed ahead defiantly for their own ballot on self-rule.

Tears and fears as Scottish independence bid defeated

Edinburgh - Supporters of Scottish independence reacted with bitter disappointment on Friday as their hopes of breaking away from Britain were dashed, with some breaking down in tears in the streets of Edinburgh.

Scotland rejects independence in historic referendum

Edinburgh - Scotland rejected independence on Friday in a referendum that left the centuries-old United Kingdom intact but paved the way for a major transfer of powers away from London.
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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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Papal mass crowds
Bottlenose dolphin pictured off the Scottish coast
Bottlenose dolphin pictured off the Scottish coast
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Pj Malloys in Dunfermline, popular gig venue
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The foreboding Buachaille Etive Mòr in Glencoe in winter has claimed the lives of many climbers.
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Crannog on Loch Tay - Scotland
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Scottish Youth Cup
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Mark McConville wearing his 'Jimmy hat' and waving the saltire
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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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Ballot boxes are brought for vote counting at the Emirates Sports Arena in Glasgow on September 18, 2014
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Festival of erotic arts to take place in Edinburgh this year.
Festival of erotic arts to take place in Edinburgh this year.
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A red kite flying
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The Grampian region in the Scottish Highlands. This is near the River Spey
The Grampian region in the Scottish Highlands. This is near the River Spey
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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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Nicola Sturgeon MSP
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Edinburgh Agreement Signing. A historic accord that paves the way for a referendum on an independent...
Edinburgh Agreement Signing. A historic accord that paves the way for a referendum on an independent Scotland was signed in Edinburgh after Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond reached an agreement with the UK 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 Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore also signed the agreement.
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A member of Team Canada out on his bike
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
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