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‘Utterly dismayed’: Scot living in Christchurch tells of shock after mosque shooting

Christchurch resident Gail Ross, originally from Renfrew, near Glasgow, and who emigrated to New Zealand, said that people were in “deep shock” following the terror attack this morning. Forty-nine people were killed at two mosques after a right-wing...

Friday, 14:22 in Hot News

Outlander author calls for greater protection of Scottish heritage sites

Outlander creator Diana Gabaldon today called for greater protection for heritage sites from the impact of over-tourism and threats from housing developments. The American author, who is currently visiting Scotland, said better education and...

Friday, 14:03 in Lifestyle

The mysteries of Scotland’s witches balls

It looks like a giant Christmas tree bauble, but the witch’s ball is said to have qualities far more powerful than those of a pretty adornment. The witch’s ball has served many different purposes over the centuries and could often been found hanging...

Friday, 13:33 in Lifestyle

Christchurch shooting: Sajid Javid slams Australian Senator over comments

Britain’s Home Secretary Sajid Javid has criticised an Australian Senator who appeared to suggest that Muslim immigration was the cause of a mass shooting at mosques in New Zealand that has left 49 dead. A number of armed terrorists are believed to...

Friday, 12:29 in Politics

Eric Trump dismisses ‘insane’ Turnberry debts rumour despite signing off on accounts showing £107m owed to...

Eric Trump has said it is “insane” to suggest his family’s Turnberry hotel and golf resort is in debt, despite personally signing off on accounts which show its parent company is reliant on loans totalling nine-figures. The second son of US president...

Friday, 12:14 in Politics

Outlander season 5: Sam Heughan promises fans they won’t be disappointed

Outlander fans have a lot to be excited about ahead of the next season according to star of the show, Sam Heughan. The lead man, who plays Jamie Fraser, took to Twitter to tell fans that they would not be disappointed by the upcoming fifth...

Friday, 11:13 in Lifestyle

Scottish Government launch campaign to reduce alcohol harm

A campaign to raise awareness of the recommended alcohol limits has launched, as research shows only around a fifth of people in Scotland (17 per cent) know what they are. Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood joined with Public Health...

Friday, 11:07 in Lifestyle

Cost to Scottish Government of Alex Salmond legal challenge revealed

The Scottish Government spent more than £118,500 on legal fees defending itself against Alex Salmond at the Court of Session, it has emerged. In January, the government admitted acting unlawfully while investigating sexual harassment allegations...

Friday, 10:55 in Politics

The rise and fall of the bank robber explained – Susan Morrison

Why would anyone try to rob a bank these days? There’s probably more cash down the back of my sofa than in the entire New Kirkgate branch of the Bank of Scotland. On March 7, some 59-year-old bloke, who is as yet unnamed, marched into the bank at...

Friday, 10:30 in Politics

Here’s one secret to succesful parenting – Hayley Matthews

All parents are going to have moments like I did the other week when rocking up late to the school office my son Harris announced that it wasn’t his fault, and that we were late because “mummy was constipated”. Yes if you don’t laugh you’ll cry. I did...

Friday, 10:30 in Politics

Top SNP figures make formal complaint to BBC over coverage

The Westminster leader and the deputy leader of the SNP have made a formal complaint to the BBC over the broadcaster’s coverage of the party in the wake of several blockbuster votes on Brexit. Ian Blackford and Keith Brown have penned a letter to the...

Friday, 10:30 in Politics

VIDEO: 1000 school pupils attend Edinburgh’s climate change protest at Scottish Parliament

About 1,000 school pupils have turned out at the Scottish Parliament building today as part of a climate action protest - and more are children are streaming in. It is the second global youth stike for climate action in 18 locations around Scotland....

Friday, 10:14 in Environment

MSPS to probe future of arts funding in Scotland

The Scottish Parliament has launched a probe into the future of arts funding in the wake of widespread criticism of the quango Creative Scotland. MSPS will explore the main financial threats facing the cultural sector and the difficulties faced by...

Friday, 10:11 in Politics

Scottish councils: ‘UK isn’t playing by rules’ with Stronger Towns Fund

Scotland’s local authorities have accused the UK government of “not playing by the rules” by proposing to bypass the Barnett formula with a new £1.6 billion for local councils. Cosla president Alison Evison said there were “clearly established...

Friday, 10:11 in Politics

Earnings tumble at Wetherspoon’s despite sales rise

Profits at JD Wetherspoon tumbled in the first half of the year as rising sales failed to offset an increase in costs at the pub group. Pre-tax profits in the six months to 27 January fell 18.9 per cent to £50.3 million as costs rocketed, especially...

Friday, 09:05 in Business

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