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Scotland News

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.

Scotland's next step? No independence but more powers

Edinburgh - Scotland may have rejected independence but will now be handed new powers by Britain which could amount to effective home rule -- though experts warn that agreeing these could be messy.

BBC: Scotland votes NO to independence

Scotland will say NO to independence, preserving the 307-year-union with England to form the four-country United Kingdom. BBC predicts a 55-45 win for the campaign committed to keeping Scotland part of the UK.

Nervy wait for Scots as early referendum results trickle in

Aberdeen - In counting centres, jam-packed pubs and living rooms across Scotland, voters were nervously waiting early Friday for the results of their historic vote on whether or not to leave the United Kingdom.

Scotland independence vote hangs in the balance

Edinburgh - Votes cast for and against Scotland's independence in a historic referendum were running virtually neck and neck, early results showed on Friday as the count continued, but leading "No" campaigners suggested that victory was in sight.

Op-Ed: Will Wales, England and North Ireland vote on keeping Scotland?

Glasgow - Oh for those living with the constant news coverage _ even across the pond, if that were only true. Separatist attempts have become the plague of the day from Canada to the Ukraine.

Timetable for the Scottish Independence Referendum results

Edinburgh - In just under an hour's time, voting in Scotland’s Independence Referendum comes to an end when polling stations close at 10 p.m. local time (5 p.m. EDT).

Counting begins in Scotland's historic independence vote

Edinburgh - Vote counting began late Thursday in an epic independence referendum that could break up the centuries-old United Kingdom and create Europe's newest state since the collapse of Yugoslavia.

Flags and tartan in Scottish independence leader's home village

Strichen - Flag-waving schoolchildren and tartan caps greeted Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond on Thursday as he voted in the remote farming village he calls home -- where the man who could be the father of independence is just "a nice bloke".

Op-Ed: Scotland votes over independence today

Edinburgh - Thursday, voters in Scotland finally reach their date with destiny as they vote on whether Scotland should become an independent country or maintain its 307-year-old union with England.
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Capercaillie a native of the Scottish Highlands pictured at Glen Affric  near Loch Ness  Scotland
Capercaillie a native of the Scottish Highlands pictured at Glen Affric, near Loch Ness, Scotland
Trees for Life - By permission
Glen Affric  Scotland - one of the areas where Trees for Life have an ongoing Caledonian Forest rege...
Glen Affric, Scotland - one of the areas where Trees for Life have an ongoing Caledonian Forest regeneration project
Trees for Life Press Release
Bilingual sign in Gaelic and English in Scotland.
Bilingual sign in Gaelic and English in Scotland.
Ruaridh McIlleathain
Aphids - Cinara Smolandiae on juniper tree
Aphids - Cinara Smolandiae on juniper tree
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The Ardnamurchan peninsula in Scotland
The Ardnamurchan peninsula in Scotland
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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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Sheriff court in Dunfermline  United Kingdom
Sheriff court in Dunfermline, United Kingdom
Bottlenose dolphin pictured off the Scottish coast
Bottlenose dolphin pictured off the Scottish coast
Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust
An officer walks past a police cordon set up around the site of a helicopter crash on a pub in the c...
An officer walks past a police cordon set up around the site of a helicopter crash on a pub in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland, November 30, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Andrew Winning
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. The boy was last seen on Wednesday night when he was put to bed in his home in Edinburgh
With permission by Reuters / Russell Cheyne
Dancing  crafts  sports and other activities linked to better health and satisfaction with life in S...
Dancing, crafts, sports and other activities linked to better health and satisfaction with life in Scotland.
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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
Ginger Pride march in Edinburgh  Scotland on August 10  2013.
Ginger Pride march in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 10, 2013.
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A member of Team Canada out on his bike
A member of Team Canada out on his bike
Nicola Sturgeon MSP
Nicola Sturgeon MSP
Nicola Sturgeon MSP
Nicola Sturgeon MSP
Eric Joyce  MP for Falkirk  Scotland  has been suspended from the Labour party over Commons drunken ...
Eric Joyce, MP for Falkirk, Scotland, has been suspended from the Labour party over Commons drunken brawl.
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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
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
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
With permission by Reuters / Russell Cheyne