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A NRLI volunteer focuses the lifeboat spotlight onto a ditched helicopter near the mainland coast of the Shetland Islands. Photograph: RNLI/Aith/Handout/ Reuters

Four people have died after a helicopter went down in the North Sea, Scottish police confirmed as they released the names of the victims. Duncan Munro(...)

The Stena Carron oil drill ship, moored at Lerwick, Shetland Islands.  Scotland’s oil and gas riches are playing a major part in the independence debate. Photograph:   via Getty

For nearly four decades, the Shetland Islands have been linked in the public’s mind with oil, a community that has done well from the exploration of t(...)

X marks the Scot: campaigning is well under way for next year’s referendum. Photograph: Mike Wilkinson/Bloomberg

For a time there is a chance that the yoga class in room 16 of Islesburgh Community Centre in Lerwick will have to move, though in the end the pro-Sco(...)

Rachel West holds two commemorative royal baby mugs as they go into production at the Emma Bridgewater Factory in Stoke On Trent, to celebrate the birth of Prince George of Cambridge. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Robert Brenchley was born in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary a few minutes after George Alexander Louis Windsor and all he will get for his trouble is a sil(...)

Ernie Els makes a remarkable save from a bunker on the 13th green during the final round of his British Open win at Muirfield in 2002. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images.

Every so often, as the rota winds its way from one famed links to another, The Open – i.e. the British Open to those who prefer a geographical distinc(...)

Fans waving a Union flag and the Scottish national flag cheer Andy Murray during this year’s Wimbledon tennis championships. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

For some, Wimbledon’s All-England Club is the quintessential, if hackneyed, expression of Englishness: strawberries and cream, sunny days (when they c(...)

British prime minister David Cameron  at the Albert Halls in Stirling on the first day of the Scottish Conservative conference.  Photograph:  Andrew Milligan /PA

The euro crisis has illustrated the dangers that could exist for Scotland if a majority of voters there opt for independence in next year’s referendum(...)

Scottish dilemma
  • UK
  • April 26, 2013, 06:00

A notable feature of Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond’s campaign for next year’s independence referendum has been an increasing determina(...)

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond arrives for First Ministers Question Time  at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

The Scottish independence referendum will be held on September 18th next year, Scotland ’s First Minister Alex Salmond has announced. Mr (...)

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