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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.

UN investigates UK Govt. over human rights welfare reform abuses

The United Nations plans to visit the UK to investigate whether Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reforms have caused harmful and systematic abuses of disabled people's human rights, The Independent reports.

GMO (genetically modified) crops to be banned in Scotland

GMO (genetically modified) crops are going to be banned in Scotland. The move is to protect the country's "clean, green" status.

New Scottish independence vote 'inevitable' says ex-leader

London - Former Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond said Sunday that another referendum on independence from the United Kingdom was "inevitable" because of policies pursued by Prime Minister David Cameron's government in London.

Interview with Alan Mair of The Only Ones Special

The Glasgow-born singer/songwriter/bass player/guitarist, also a former member of The Beatstalkers - "the first Scottish pop stars" - filled Digital Journal in on his new solo project.

Church of Scotland decision on married gay clergy delayed

London - A Church of Scotland decision on whether to allow the ordination of married gay ministers was delayed on Thursday to allow wider consultation.The Church's presbyteries, or local areas, will now be asked to vote on the issue before it can be approved.

Church of Scotland to allow gay ministers in civil partnerships

As Ireland prepares to vote on allowing gay marriages, progress on LGBT rights is also making headway in nearby Scotland. The Church of Scotland has voted to allow gay ministers in civil marriages to serve the church and its parishioners.

'Lion roars' as Scottish nationalists score historic sweep

Glasgow - The Scottish National Party (SNP) won a landslide in Scotland on Friday, destroying the Labour party north of the border in a historic leap forward which could increase pressure for a fresh referendum on independence.

All eyes on Scotland in Britain's knife-edge vote

Glasgow - All eyes will be on Scotland on Thursday as the Scottish National Party looks set for a landslide victory in Britain's general election, a result that could hand it the role of kingmaker.

Scotland to have country's first official Nudist Camp this summer

The first official nudist camp in Scotland is set to lay bare convention in the country and let it all hang out in August. The two-day event is being hosted by Scottish branch of a group called British Naturism (BN) and is taking place in a forest.

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.
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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.
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Debating chamber - Scottish parliament
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Storm Desmond battered Scotland and northern England over the weekend, with winds up to 90 mph and severe flooding.
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A member of Team Canada out on his bike
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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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Scottish Saltire flags fly above the River Tweed in the town of Coldstream on the border between England and Scotland ahead of Thursday's independence referendum
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Rescue workers cover 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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John Swinney MSP
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Historic archway of Scone Castle before and after van crashed into it
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"Researchers from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland discovered an unusual assortment of marine creatures while exploring the South Pacific's New Hebrides trench in 2013. Fish called cusk eels, and bright red prawns, dominated the community, though they are rare in other deep marine trenches."
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Mackie's of Scotland is making a big splash on the international market with their unusual potato crisp flavors.
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The expert host provided plenty of information about the whiskies, the distilleries and things of local interest in Scotland and Ireland.
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Danny MacAskill
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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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Trainspotting
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Coire nan Lochan, a corrie of Bidean nam Bian on the southern side of Glen Coe, Scotland
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Scotland - Inveraray Bridge - Loch Fyne
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