News archive from 17 June 2013

Queen’s birthday marked in Edinburgh and Stirling

Queen’s birthday marked in Edinburgh and Stirling

ROYAL salutes have been fired at Edinburgh and Stirling Castle to mark the Queen's official birthday. Gunners from 105th Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers) fired the two 21-gun royal salutes at noon yesterday. Meanwhile, 1st Battalion Scots Guards,...

 
Iran: Nuclear breakthrough hopes as moderate wins

Iran: Nuclear breakthrough hopes as moderate wins

THE surprise election of Hasan Rowhani as Iran's new reformist-backed president has raised hopes that the deadlock can be broken in high-stakes nuclear talks with world powers, Mr Rowhani, 64 – who holds a doctorate of law degree from Glasgow...

 
Gorgona: Criminal rehabilition through wine production

Gorgona: Criminal rehabilition through wine production

ITS NEIGHBOURING island Elba is best-known for being Napoleon's prison before his escape and march to ruin at Waterloo. And now the tiny Mediterranean island of Gorgona, off Tuscany, and home to a penal colony since 1869, is helping rehabilitate some...

 
Turkey protests: Show of strength from Erdogan

Turkey protests: Show of strength from Erdogan

TURKISH premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rallied hundreds of thousands of supporters at an Istan

 
Nelson Mandela ‘on the mend’ from lung infection

Nelson Mandela ‘on the mend’ from lung infection

THERE has been sustained improvement in the condition of Nelson Mandela from the recurring lung infection that is forcing him to spend a ninth day in hospital, South Africa's president said yesterday. President Jacob Zuma said Mr Mandela, 94, remained...

 
Scottish independence: MEP claim over Scotland/EU

Scottish independence: MEP claim over Scotland/EU

FRANCE and Spain would not accept an independent Scotland into the European Union, a European Parliament vice-president has claimed. Alejo Vidal-Quadras, an MEP from Catalonia who opposes the region’s independence from Spain, said France and Spain...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Politics
 
Ian Brady wants move to Scottish prison

Ian Brady wants move to Scottish prison

MOORS murderer Ian Brady will today begin his bid to be declared sane and moved to a Scottish prison, where he hopes to starve himself to death. Scottish prisons do not force-feed inmates, unlike England and Wales, and Brady, 75, has been on hunger...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Politics
 
Lesley Riddoch: Uncertainty is a starting point too

Lesley Riddoch: Uncertainty is a starting point too

AN IRISHMAN who was a senior BBC executive for many decades had a favourite joke about the dangers of presumption. There was an Englishman driving round the Irish countryside and he was lost. He saw a chap standing beside the road, stopped, rolled...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Politics
 
Parents call for state school ‘alternative’

Parents call for state school ‘alternative’

PARENTS are mounting a bid to create their own "alternative" state school, amid fresh calls for local authorities to provide greater choice within the education system. The New School Action Group in the Southside of Edinburgh has entered...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Politics
 
Brian Monteith: Excess spending still with us

Brian Monteith: Excess spending still with us

IN THIS so-called age of austerity it is possibly difficult for us to comprehend that there remains such a thing as public sector waste. Surely with all the cuts, cost-trimming, rationalisation, centralisation and new efficiency strategies there is no...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Politics
 
Scottish independence: Alex McLeish backs No vote

Scottish independence: Alex McLeish backs No vote

FORMER Scotland manager Alex McLeish has backed a No vote in next year's independence referendum as he said he was "passionate about Scotland being part of the United Kingdom". The football star’s intervention came amid reports that former...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Politics
 

Scottish independence: Shared benefits system warning

FORMER SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars has warned that plans to share the UK's welfare and benefits system for a transitional period after independence could destroy the chance of a Yes vote. Mr Sillars, who served as Alex Salmond’s deputy leader, said...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Politics
 
Nicola Sturgeon: We’ll take our place at table in Brussels

Nicola Sturgeon: We’ll take our place at table in Brussels

SCOTLAND is an ancient European nation, and an independent Scotland will continue in European Union membership. Our country has the lion’s share of all the EU’s oil reserves and a huge proportion of the continent’s renewable energy, as well as some of...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Politics
 

457 visa scheme: time for a proper debate

Workplace relations minister Bill Shorten (left) and immigration minister Brendan O'Connor during a press conference in March, commenting on the 457 visa scheme. Photograph: AAP/Alan Porritt Since February this year, a debate has raged around the 457...

 


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