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Ruth Davidson: UK must become less London-centric to save union

The UK should become less London-centric to strengthen and protect the union, Ruth Davidson has said.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 12:09 pm

Attempted murder probe launched in Glasgow after man is attacked in flat

An attack on a man in a Glasgow flat is being treated as attempted murder.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 11:38 am

What next for the newlyweds? Honeymoon on hold for Harry and Meghan

Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan are expected to return to normal life later today and bid farewell to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh after spending the night at Windsor Castle.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 11:19 am

Nicola Sturgeon to restart independence debate

Nicola Sturgeon will "restart the debate" on Scottish independence this week as the findings of her party's economic growth commission are revealed.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 11:06 am

The week in pictures: 25 photographs that made this week's news.

A collection of the most striking images which captured news and topical issues across the UK and around the world this week.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 6:00 am

60-year-old love letter returned to Cornwall couple

A LOVE letter from the 1950s has been reunited with the woman who wrote it to her future husband more than 60 years ago.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:09 am

The evolution of stress

FEELING frazzled? Me too – though thankfully,my problem isn’t serious. I know this because I just took the Mental Health Foundation’s online stress test and scored 21 out of 40, which is apparently “moderate” according to something called the “perceived stress scale”. I’m also informed by the website that “on average, people who complete our Be Mindful course reduce their stress level by 34 per cent. This would bring your score down to 14. Sound good? Find out more by starting our digital mindfulness course now …”

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:09 am

Food and drink: the rise and rise of Scotland's artisan superstars

FOOD trends come and go, but if there’s one that’s showing no signs of going away, it’s our insatiable appetite for hand-crafted produce. There is good reason for this. For artisan and craft goods are more likely than others to satisfy a growing and politicised consumer market that is interested in provenance – where the food you are eating comes from. When people buy craft food at farmers’ markets they do so directly from the artisan. Often they are handed over accompanied by tales of contented, roaming livestock or carefully cultured kitchen gardens.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:09 am

US accuses China of destabilising South China Sea region after bombers land in disputed territory

THE US has accused China of destabilising the region after it landed bombers on disputed territory in the South China Sea for the first time.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:09 am

Muqtada al-Sadr's political coalition wins most seats in Iraqi elections

INFLUENTIAL Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's political coalition has won the most seats in Iraq's national parliamentary elections, according to complete results released by the country's electoral commission.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:09 am

Women's rights activists detained in Saudi Arabia

SAUDI Arabia has detained women's rights activists for working with "foreign entities" only weeks before its ban on women driving is lifted.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:09 am

Meet the couples in Scotland who shared their big day with Harry and Meghan

Lindsay and John Paul Harkins

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:09 am

Call for £2.5m campaign to support 20mph speed limits

Scottish ministers should back up plans for 20mph speed limits on urban roads with a £2.5 million advertising campaign aimed at creating “culture change” for drivers, say experts.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:09 am

Wildfire warning as 30 fire fighters battle blaze in Highlands

More than 30 fire fighters were battling a wildfire in the Scottish Highlands last night as a warning was issued about an increased risk of further blazes over the weekend.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:09 am

Talk about dysfunctional families? It's the Royals met the Royles

IF the Royals seem dysfunctional then their newly extended family members, the Markles, take it to Olympian levels. The Royals and Royles you might say.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:09 am

Pomp, grandeur, celebrity, divorce, inequality and religion ... what the wedding of Harry and Meghan says about modern Britain

IF royal romances are rarely fairy tale, Harry Windsor and Meghan Markle's seems to have all the required elements, brought up to date for a modern audience and with added stardust. In the latest chapter yesterday, in a stunning setting, clearly in love and loved by those witnessing it, they married with the full pomp and majesty of state. Now and for ever after.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:09 am

Police investigating cash theft in Leith

JEWELLERY and cash worth at least £100,000 has been stolen from a flat near Edinburgh.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:08 am

US school shooter spared victims he liked

The teenager who allegedly used a shotgun and a revolver to kill 10 people at his high school in Texas spared the people he liked during the rampage, it has emerged.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:08 am

Three survive Cuban plane crash which killed at least 100

THREE people who were on a board a plane which "exploded" in mid-air and plummeted to the ground in Cuba have survived the crash.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:08 am

Weapons to Israel: the UK's lethal gift to Gaza

Palestinians in Gaza continued to bury their dead last week. Even by the bloody standards associated with this beleaguered and bitterly contested strip of land, the last seven weeks of violence have taken a heavy toll.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:08 am

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival competition comes down to final four

FOUR hopefuls are vying for the public’s affection as an online poll opens to decide on a spot at this year’s Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:08 am

Victim at scandal-hit charity chaired by aspiring Labour candidate never received her £75,000 compensation

A WOMAN who was sexually harassed and victimised at a charity chaired by would-be Labour candidate Asim Khan has never received her £75,000 compensation.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:08 am

Mike Russell urges Theresa May to reveal Brexit white paper details

THERESA May is facing calls to reveal what she intends to include in a Brexit white paper she has promised to publish.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:08 am

New funding for asthma sufferers unveiled

NEW funding has been made available to improve the lives of people with asthma.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:08 am

Call for food revolution in schools to fight obesity

LOCAL authorities around Scotland need to take decisive action to improve school meals – and create a culture of healthy eating in primaries and secondaries across the country – as part of the Scottish Government's drive to tackle obesity, according to campaigners and young people's charities.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:08 am

Angela Haggerty: Kim Kardashian doesn't need a backlash after advertising appetite suppressants, she needs help

The Kim Kardashian West brand took another sensational turn last week when the internet erupted about a post on her Instagram account.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:08 am

Glasgow Labour's 'sexism' row reignited as women bid to unseat 'old guard'

A ROW over gender inequality among Scottish Labour’s Glasgow councillors has been reignited after two women revealed they are challenging the “old guard” for key leadership positions when an AGM is held tomorrow.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:08 am

Swinney approved £345,000 for Government adviser's school project after unminuted meeting with backers

NO official minute was taken of a meeting with lobbyists ahead of a £345,000 grant award for a private school spearheaded by a Government adviser, the Sunday Herald can reveal.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:08 am

Scotland must have say over new state run railway say campaigners

SCOTLAND should be represented on the board of the UK's new state-run rail service, campaigners have said.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:08 am

Iain Macwhirter: Indyref2 will come when Nicola Sturgeon knows she can win

“Alex Salmond pledges return to front-line politics”, said the headlines last week. In other news, the Pope is believed to be member of the Catholic faith and bears apparently defecate in the woods. I mean – did anyone think he had ever left?

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:08 am

Revealed: Men working at BBC Scotland more likely to be paid more than women - and get bigger bonuses

THE issue of fair pay for women at the BBC is “far worse” in Scotland than it is for the broadcaster across the UK as a whole, according to the SNP. Hannah Bardell MP, who is the party’s media spokeswoman at Westminster, and a former BBC producer, said the statistics are an “insult” and urged BBC Scotland to close the gender pay gap before a dedicated TV channel for Scotland is launched next year.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:07 am

Kirk in Crisis: Church of Scotland could be dead in 30 years, warns top cleric

The life expectancy of the Church of Scotland could be as little as 30 years, according to the architect of a ten-year rescue plan for the Kirk which may lead to job cuts.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:07 am

"Rock star" economist has not attended SNP Government expert group in five years

A LEADING public intellectual who was unveiled as a member of the Scottish Government’s economic advisory group has not attended a meeting of the body in over five years.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:07 am

The new pioneers of space

JEFF Bezos may be the richest man who ever lived but he is not one to squander his wealth on meaningless luxuries. Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, is liquidating some $1 billion a year of Amazon stock to finance his remarkable ambitions for space through his main passion: the space company, Blue Origin. It develops technologies aimed at enabling human access to space "at dramatically lower cost and increased reliability.”

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:07 am

How the FBI's Dundee don and Andy Serkis changed the way we think of Ned the Neanderthal

WHEN the makers of a new BBC documentary about Neanderthals wanted help to show how our ancient ancestors walked and talked they turned to motion capture technology and to the world’s foremost exponent of it – Hollywood actor Andy Serkis. But before Serkis could bring the male Neanderthal to life, presenter and paleontologist Ella Al-Shamahi needed to know exactly what he might have looked like. For that she headed to Dundee University’s acclaimed Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification and its expert Dr Christopher Rynn.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:07 am

Union warns proposed fire brigade changes "will not benefit the people of Scotland"

LIVES are at risk from a “free market fundamentalist” shake up of Scotland's fire service, firefighters' leaders have said.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:07 am

Future shock: Why we should all Dredd the future of policing

LIKE a Uri Geller fever dream, the movie Minority Report envisioned psychics being forcibly plugged into computers to predict crimes before they are even committed. If you don’t remember it, that’s because you’re a Sunday Herald reader. The only Tom Cruise movie you’ve ever watched was Rain Man on Channel 4 one night, too full of organic gin and quinoa flan to turn the channel.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:07 am

The digital backlash. Let's get physical.

THE digital age, it's safe to say, is an increasingly less physical age. It’s there in all the statistics: less exercise, less sex, less dancing, even less close friends. Maybe we eat a little more - that's a physical activity - but we cook less. We still read, but fewer people are reading real physical books. Our thumbs certainly get a regular work out, though.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:07 am

School surveillance cameras 'secretly installed' without teachers knowing

SURVEILLANCE cameras were secretly installed in a Scottish secondary school without teachers being told, it has emerged.

Published on 20 May 2018 | 4:05 am

Hawaii hands out protective masks after volcano eruption sends ash into sky

Around 2,000 masks for protection were handed out on Hawaii as people living near Kilauea volcano braced for pulverised rock, glass and crystal to rain down on them after an eruption at the peak's summit.

Published on 19 May 2018 | 11:07 pm

Militant-turned-populist cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr wins Iraqi election

Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's political coalition has won the most seats in Iraq's national parliamentary elections, according to complete results released by Iraq's electoral commission.

Published on 19 May 2018 | 11:06 pm

Derek Rae: Liverpool's fab three can get Real in Champions League final

I NEVER have any problem remembering my movements on 25 May, 2005. The Champions League final in Istanbul, contested by Milan and Liverpool, was a meeting of hot favourites and clear underdogs. ESPN had kindly asked me to fly to Turkey to commentate and at half time, it seemed a record margin of victory in a major European final was likely. Milan were rampant, Liverpool forlorn. It was a mis-match.

Published on 19 May 2018 | 11:06 pm

Put the gammon knife down. We're butchering our language.

YOU would think, sometimes, that Twitter, was actually a machine designed to generate new insults, determine whether they are hate speech or not, and then have them struck from the dictionary all together. It’s a way, if you like, of getting rid of words, because surely there are too many of them – around 172,000 of the pesky things in the Oxford English Dictionary.

Published on 19 May 2018 | 11:06 pm

Recruitment role for ex-SPA chair leads to claims of "revolving door"

A FORMER Scottish Police Authority chair who quit after a bullying row has made a comeback after helping recruit a senior figure at a UK law and order body. Andrew Flanagan, who left the SPA under a cloud last year, chaired an interview panel that led to the appointment of a new deputy director general at the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Published on 19 May 2018 | 11:06 pm

Matthew Lindsay: Scott Brown and his Celtic team mates deserve their place in Scottish football history

IF you know your history you will be well aware that before yesterday no side had managed to complete a clean sweep of domestic trophies two seasons running in the 71 years that such a feat has been possible.

Published on 19 May 2018 | 11:05 pm

SNP to unveil new independence blueprint

THE SNP’s revised blueprint for an independent Scotland is to be published next week.

Published on 19 May 2018 | 9:00 am

Review - You're Gorgeous singer turns 'nasty' in "disaster" Glasgow gig

BabybirdHug 'n' Pint, Glasgow****

Published on 19 May 2018 | 4:00 am

Tax break will hand boost to 12,000 first-time buyers

THOUSANDS of first-time buyers will be handed a tax break from the end of next month, it has been confirmed.

Published on 19 May 2018 | 3:00 am

Scots fail to get in the party spirit for the Royal Wedding

IT is regarded as a uniquely British tradition, where the road is closed off to traffic and residents gather together for tea and jam tarts beneath bunting and blue skies.

Published on 19 May 2018 | 3:00 am

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