Independence for Women campaigner Aislin Smith in Glasgow. Opinion polls show Scottish women are less likely than men to vote Yes in next month’s referendum on independence. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Nearly everything about the meeting in the South Leith church halls was polite: the speakers praised each other, and questions from the floor were (...)

Mohammed Issa  outside his supermarket in Dundee: “People should give Scotland a chance to be a success,” he says. Photograph: Mark Hennessy

Stewart Hosie, the local Scottish National Party House of Commons MP, points delightedly to Saltire flags marked with a “Yes” that hang in the wind(...)

Scottish Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale meets volunteers with unanswered questions on what independence will mean for Scotland, outside the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh yesterday. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

First minister’s questions in the Scottish parliament in Holyrood, in a chamber that was designed to encourage harmony, is often an unedifying affa(...)

Scottish Socialist Party national convenor Colin Fox: “This isn’t a Celtic-Rangers match: this is more like Celtic-Partick Thistle.” Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Colin Fox of the Scottish Socialist Party walks into Buchanan Street bus station in Glasgow with a “Yes Scotland” satchel over his shoulder, wearin(...)

James Foley: the journalist came from an Irish-American family in Rochester, New Hampshire. Photograph: AP Photo/Steven Senne, File 1:10

UK intelligence agencies are seeking the identity of the masked man with an English accent who was filmed beheading US journalist James Foley in Syr(...)

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond:  failed to secure ‘devolution max’ option on independence referendum ballot paper. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Some Scots want independence and nothing less. Before the referendum campaign started, however, the majority would have settled for running more of(...)

The Royal Navy’s Trident-class nuclear submarine Vanguard: moving the UK’s nuclear deterrent out of an independent Scotland is not impossible and would probably cost far less than the tens of billions of pounds previously predicted, experts have suggested. Photograph: PA Wire

Brightly coloured graffiti mark the caravans at the Faslane peace camp, which sits across the road from the Royal Navy’s Clyde naval base, the home(...)

Julian Assange during a news conference yesterday at the Ecuadorian embassy in central London. Photograph: John Stillwell/Reuters

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s claims yesterday he will leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he has been for two years have been cast in(...)

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond: furious about the intervention of Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, who said it was “hard to see how the world would be helped by an independent Scotland”. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.

Nearly 700 years ago, Scottish nobles went to Arbroath to sign a letter in Latin that declared Scotland’s right to be an independent kingdom, rather t(...)

Jim Sillars: “This is the first time in 300 years that we have the chance of becoming independent, and this is the only chance.”

Standing in the back of a repainted ice-cream van in a Maryhill estate in Glasgow yesterday, Jim Sillars, microphone in hand, apologises for waking an(...)