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(...)

Sir Trevor McDonald:  “Especially as this city has known the privilege of welcoming our commonwealth brothers and sisters to the Games just past, it is right that we pause now to remember their contribution.”

For the Rev Laurence Whitley, there were no answers, only questions, as he stood in Glasgow Cathedral to begin the UK’s commemoration of the outbreak(...)

 A crowd in Croydon waits for Ukip leader Nigel Farage  who didn’t turn up. Photograph: Dan Dennison/Getty Images

Marcon Hibbert and the Endurance Steel Orchestra were hired on Monday evening to play steel drums outside the Whitgift shopping centre in Croydon in s(...)

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow described President Michael D Higgins’ visit as ‘historic’. Photograph: Reuters/Neil Hall

Dozens of intrigued tourists stood outside Sovereign’s Entrance in the Palace of Westminster yesterday as the Lifeguards, resp(...)

Dr DiNicolantonio argues that foods such as butter, cream and cheese have been “demonised” since the 1950s

Diets low on saturated fats do not curb heart disease, or help people to live longer, according to a leading US heart expert, who argues that foods(...)

Sinn Féin deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and MLA Gerry Kelly pictures at Stormont  after a meeting with secretary of State Teresa Villiers. Photograph: Pacemaker

The judicial inquiry into the decision to tell up to 200 IRA members if they were wanted for prosecution in the UK will not have powers to inve(...)

Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland said the three women were beaten and forced to live a life of “invisible handcuffs”.

For now she is known only as “the Irish lady”. Her first bid for freedom came in a call to a charity from a carefully hidden mobile telephone on Octob(...)