Scotland Herald Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:55:00 +0000Crowd funds dying woman's visit to Vatican to meet Pope
A dying woman who feared her lifelong dream of visiting the Vatican would never come true has had her prayers answered with a personal blessing from Pope Francis.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:08:09 +0000John Swinney's budget: council tax to be frozen for ninth successive year
JOHN Swinney will tomorrow freeze council tax bills for a ninth successive year as he sets out his final budget before the Holyrood election.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:39:10 +0000Caledonian Sleeper workers vote to go on strike over train defect claims
Workers on the Caledonian Sleeper rail service have voted to go on strike in a row over claims of defects on trains.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:10:10 +0000Trial adjourned after witness refuses to give evidence without a veil
A RACIAL abuse trial has been halted after a key prosecution witness refused to give evidence unless she is allowed to wear a full face veil.
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 22:06:00 +0000Prominent Labour figure charged with overseeing Glasgow's multi-billion pound budget to quit
THE prominent Labour councillor in charge of Glasgow's £2billion-plus budget is to quit.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:39:11 +0000Latest images for rival to Royal High School hotel plan revealed
New images have been released which show the former Royal High School on Calton Hill in Edinburgh would look as a "community concert hall".
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:08:52 +0000Fears over massive North Sea job losses after Shell deal
FEARS there will be more hefty job losses in the oil and gas industry in Scotland have intensified after Royal Dutch Shell announced plans to cut thousands of posts around the world.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:49:22 +0000Ten NHS boards in Scotland miss cancer patient treatment targets
A target for cancer patients to begin treatment has been missed by ten of Scotland's health boards.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 10:37:00 +0000The Midge: BBC chief for Holyrood grilling; D-day for tax powers, and who is heading up the aisle again?
Good morning and welcome to The Midge, your first bite of the day’s politics in Scotland and elsewhere.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:55:00 +0000We have lift off: watch UK astronaut Tim Peake blast off for International Space Station
A Russian rocket carrying British astronaut Tim Peake into space has blasted off from Kazakhstan in a spectacular display of fire and thunder.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 06:54:00 +0000Video: two gift shops criticised over 'racist' window golliwog displays
TWO gift shops in one of Scotland's main shopping thoroughfares have come under fire for selling and displaying golliwog dolls in their windows.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:55:00 +0000Andy Murray to attend BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015 awards after missing 2013 ceremony
Andy Murray has confirmed that he will attend this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards after missing the 2013 ceremony.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:16:23 +0000Glasgow community group to embrace Syrian refugees as 'refuweegees'
Vulnerable Syrian refugees are to receive special “Refuweegee” welcome packs when they arrive in Glasgow.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:12:43 +0000EU referendum: voters warned 'no certainty any agreed reforms will be implemented'
Voters in the EU referendum should be made aware there is "no certainty" of any agreed reforms actually being implemented, a committee of MPs said.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:02:23 +0000Energy efficiency call as fuel poverty levels remain much the same
Campaigners have called for significant investment in energy-efficiency measures after new figures revealed almost no change in fuel poverty levels last year.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 09:24:00 +0000Three chihuahuas stolen during Falkirk house break-in
Police are appealing for information after three Chihuahua's were stolen from a house in Falkirk.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:07:08 +0000Nurofen maker faces UK probe after Australian court ruling
The advertising watchdog is investigating claims made by the makers of Nurofen after an Australian court ordered the company to stop selling several versions of the popular painkiller.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:03:30 +0000Survey: alcohol is factor in over 50% of weekend call-outs for ambulance staff
Alcohol is a factor in more than half of all call-outs ambulance staff deal with at weekends, a survey has revealed.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 10:37:00 +0000Video: Rangers players perform special festive rendition of Twas the Night Before Christmas
Rangers are hoping to help fans get into the Christmas spirit after releasing a special version of a festive classic.
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 20:36:00 +0000Nicola Sturgeon optimistic about 'Valentine's Day deal' on more tax powers for Scotland
NICOLA Sturgeon is optimistic she can secure a “Valentine’s Day deal” with David Cameron on the transfer of more tax powers to Scotland.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 09:36:26 +0000Modern masterpiece: artist recreates Last Supper with homeless men from Glasgow
An artist has created a modern take on the Last Supper - replacing saints and apostles with homeless men from Glasgow.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:13:20 +0000Police Scotland's control room in the Lothians has been closed by IT problems.
Police Scotland's control room in the Lothians has been closed by IT problems.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:01:20 +0000Average UK house price soars to record £287,000 in October
House prices surged to another record high of £287,000 across the UK and hit the £300,000 mark in England for the first time on average in October, according to official figures.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:10:07 +0000Government website deletes reference to controversial gas extraction method
The Scottish Government has deleted a statement backing plans for underground coal gasification (UCG) from its website after a complaint from an environmental campaigner.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 10:16:00 +0000Ground control to Major Tim: Peake prepares to become first UK astronaut to join International Space Station crew
Tim Peake is blasting off into orbit from a base in Kazakhstan today, becoming the first British astronaut to join the crew of the International Space Station (ISS).
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 09:42:59 +0000Scotland's poorest families 'could be £800 a year worse off' as a result of UK Government cuts
Scotland's poorest families could be more than £800 a year worse off as a result of spending reductions and benefit cuts imposed by the UK Government, a think-tank has warned.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:16:07 +0000Actress Phyllida Law describes the burden of caring for a parent with dementia
Actress Phyllida Law has spoken out about the frustrations of caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 09:13:29 +0000Endurance athlete sets first sailing record for Land's End to John O'Groats crossing
An endurance athlete has helped set the first sailing record between Land's End and John O'Groats.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:03:29 +0000Rebel councils warned: 'Complaining from sidelines' will cost jobs and vital services
REBEL councils have been warned they are putting at risk vital services and thousands of jobs by "complaining from the sidelines" as local authorities braces themselves for a cash cut of over half a billion pounds.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:09:37 +0000Politicians 'must not waste chance to bring in fairer local tax system'
HOLYROOD'S political leaders have been urged not to waste the latest opportunity to reform local taxation despite opposition from the better off who would be forced to pay substantially more under a fairer system.
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 22:08:00 +0000Q&A: what council tax reform means for you
We answer all your questions on local tax reform and what it means for you.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:09:51 +0000Holyrood committee calls for SNP to get tougher on lobbying
AN SNP law to regulate lobbyists and increase transparency does not go far enough, according to a Holyrood committee made up of mostly nationalist backbenchers.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 06:54:00 +0000Artists shortlisted for Battle of Stirling Bridge monument
Six artists have been shortlisted for a public art commission which will mark one of the key battles in Scottish history.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:07:40 +0000Home village of space hero's wife tune into mission.
The world will today watch Tim Peake go where no Briton has gone before by launching into space to become a member of the International Space Station (ISS) in orbit around Earth.
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 20:36:11 +0000Girl, 12, targeted by online groomer encouraging her to undergo female genital mutilation
THE father of a 12-year-old Scottish girl who was groomed online by abusers trying to persuade her to undergo female genital mutilation has described how she "became a bit of a demon".
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 22:23:07 +0000Body found in search for missing Fife woman
A BODY has been found in the search for a missing woman in Fife.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:08:26 +0000Care services lax about responding to concernss
Barely half of care services required to make urgent improvements by a watchdog are doing so, it has emerged.
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:09:17 +0000Cameron still appears isolated on four-year migrant benefit ban ahead of EU summit
THE scale of David Cameron’s task on EU reform has been underlined by No 10 after it indicated that not a single other member state was publicly supporting his four-year migrant benefit ban nor had any suggested an alternative to reduce the migr...Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:07:52 +0000Underwater study reveals the secret life of cod and haddock
DEPLETED stocks of chip shop favourites, haddock and cod, have been given fresh hope after an underwater study revealed new insights into their behaviour.
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 18:47:00 +0000Engineers working to reopen Forth Road Bridge by January 4
Engineers are working to reopen the Forth Road Bridge by January 4.
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:13:01 +0000Labour MP warns Jeremy Corbyn: sort party out or I'll knife you in the front
A Labour MP has given leader Jeremy Corbyn a startling ultimatum as he bids to turn the party's fortunes around.
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:10:00 +0000No 10 say Cameron is not for budging on trade union reform
DAVID Cameron has set his face against allowing the Scottish Government to block the implementation of the UK Government’s controversial trade union reforms in Scotland.
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 18:47:00 +0000Rich face higher bills as commission says 'unfair' council tax must end
A LOCAL income tax is back on the political agenda in Scotland after an expert commission said that the current system for funding councils "must end".
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:31:03 +0000BP £100m deal with services firm to secure 240 jobs
A £100 million deal between an engineering and services firm and BP at two of its Scottish oil and gas terminals will secure 240 jobs.
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:37:21 +0000Scottish Labour reveal candidate lists for 2016 Holyrood elections
Scottish Labour has released its candidate lists as the countdown to the 2016 Holyrood elections begins.
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 18:47:00 +0000Classroom baby initiative 'lowers aggression', according to study
A PIONEERING project that uses babies to beat bullying and aggression in schools has been hailed a success.
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 20:36:00 +0000DJ Neil Fox cleared of sexually and indecently abusing young fans and colleagues
Radio DJ Neil Fox has been cleared of sexually and indecently abusing young fans and colleagues.
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 21:02:06 +0000Glasgow council land deal approved amid chaos
An off-market land deal that stands to benefit a Labour donor has been approved by a Glasgow City Council scrutiny committee amid "farcical" scenes.
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:10:08 +0000Police hunt men who sang offensive songs on a train
POLICE are hunting six men who sang sectarian songs on a train.
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 00:09:25 +0000Call for Westminster standards watchdog to probe SNP MP over financial interests
WESTMINSTER’S standards watchdog must investigate SNP backbencher Phil Boswell over what “appears to be a clear breach of the code of conduct” for MPs in relation to his financial interests, a Liberal Democrat peer has insisted.