Kashmiri farmers spray pesticides on apple trees in an orchard at Bandipora, north of Srinagar, India. Photograph: Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images

High pesticide residues in some fruits and vegetables can reduce the quality of men’s semen by up to half, according to a major United States survey p(...)

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon told the party faithful at the annual conference that her “message today reaches far beyond the ranks of our party”. Photograph: EPA

Thousands travelled to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow on the banks of the Clyde at the weekend. Some came for Scotland’s big(...)

Scottish National Party’s Nicola Sturgeon : “I’m the leader of the SNP, I will lead negotiations. I will lead my party and hopefully I’ll continue as first minister of Scotland even after the Scottish parliamentary elections next year.” Photograph: Stringer/EPA

Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has urged voters to back the Scottish National Party (SNP) in unprecedented numbers to make Scotland’s(...)

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during the SNP conference at the SECC in Glasgow. Photograph: PA

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged Scottish voters to make Scotland’s voice “heard like before” in Westminster in May’s United Kingdom (...)

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will tell voters elsewhere in the UK that they should welcome the SNP’s hold on power in Westminster, “not fear it.” Photograph: PA

Scotland must be able to make its own decisions about taxation and spending to fend off plans by the Conservatives to cut £30 billion from public spen(...)

Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon: ‘agrees with the BBC’s stated view that all parties should now be allowed to move on, so far as possible’, he lawyer said. Photograph: BBC Worldwide/PA Wire

Irish Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon will not be pressing charges of assault against sacked BBC presenter Jeremy Clarkson. The Irishman has face(...)

 William Hague  and John Bercow. Mr Hague has been accused of a “squalid” and “shabby” move to make it easier for Tory MPs to oust Mr Bercow as the Commons speaker after the election. Photograph: PA

John Bercow is the sort of man who tends to annoy people: he is prickly about his small stature, assertive and sure of the worth of his own opinions a(...)

Labour leader Ed Miliband is interviewed by Jeremy Paxman on the Sky News/Channel 4 programme: Cameron & Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour leader Ed Miliband has rejected charges that he is not tough enough to become Britain’s next prime minister, insisting he has a vision to bring(...)

 Prince Charles  during a reception at Clarence House in London yesterday. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA

The decision by the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court to force the publication of 27 letters sent by Prince Charles to government ministers will offer a(...)

UK prime minister David Cameron said he would see “what more we can do to be transparent”. Photograph: PA Wire

The British Government will not be giving out any information about the Republicans who had prison sentences waived, or shortened, despite Prime Minis(...)