18th-century philosopher David Hume regarded Scots as merely a “corrupt dialect”. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

For a government document, Scotland’s policy of “wurkin wi pairtners tae heize up the status o Scots language amang folk an toons” has an unusual ring(...)

Michael Slager, who was fired from his job after video emerged of Walter Scott being shot in the back, could face between 30 years and life if convicted of murder. Photograph: Reuters/Charleston County Sheriff’s Office

A grand jury on Monday indicted a former police officer on a murder charge for the shooting death of a black man in North Charleston, South Carolina, (...)

The casket of Walter Scott is removed from a hearse for his funeral at WORD Ministries Christian Center in Summerville, South Carolina. Photograph: David Goldman/EPA

Hundreds of mourners, including prominent South Carolina politicians, attended the funeral on Saturday of Walter Scott, an African-American father of (...)

 A rally  protesting over  the death of Walter Scott, who was killed by police in a shooting,  in North Charleston, South Carolina. Video captured by a bystander showed officer Michael Slager shooting Scott as he ran away.  Photograph: Richard Ellis/Getty

One day after a South Carolina police officer was arrested in the shooting death of an unarmed black man, the victim’s family said Wednesday that n(...)

Caught on camera

No ifs, no buts. The circumstances surrounding the shooting dead of Walter Scott by policeman Michael Slager in South Carolina, on Saturday evening le(...)

Seán Lysaght: reads the natural world. Photograph: Jan von Holleben / The Gallery Press

Seán Lysaght’s new collection, Carnival Masks (Gallery Press, €18.50), begins with Lysaght’s speciality, lyrics that ari(...)

In a word ...

Yule and Yuletide. That old “heathen feast, later taken over by Christianity”, as it is put. Both words are Anglo-Saxon but originated in Norse. They (...)

 Broadcaster Joe Duffy with Richard Veale (who lost a grand aunt Margaret ‘Maggie’ Veale (13)), Marie Horan,(who lost  uncle Patrick Fetherston(12)), Cecilia Daly,(who lost a great-uncle Joseph Murray (14)), Fr Michael Scott SBD, (who lost uncle Walter Scott (8)), and Francis Caffrey,(who lost gran-aunt Christina Caffrey (age 2)) in the 1916 rising. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A two-year-old girl shot in her mother’s arms and two unidentified children are among 38 who died violently in the 1916 Rising and about whom informat(...)

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Weekend in... Edinburgh

Tourists descend on Edinburgh every August for the Edinburgh International Festival, a citywide celebration of theatre, music, opera and dance perf(...)

David C. McCourt: “Most businesses start from the point of view that says ‘how can I get the most [money] from my customer’? We look at it saying, ‘what can the customer afford and how then can we deliver at that price’?”

With the acquisition of e|net, Irish-American telecoms entrepreneur David McCourt reckons he and his main partner, Walter Scott of Berkshire Hathaway,(...)