Catalan separatist Clara Ponsati arrives for extradition hearing in Scotland | AFP

Catalan separatist politician Clara Ponsati, wanted by Spain for alleged sedition, arrives at an Edinburgh police station to be detained for a bail hearing as part of extradition proceedings that could see her deported to Spain to face trial. IMAGES

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Sturgeon: Vote for SNP a vote ‘to escape Brexit’

The Scottish National Party officially launched its election campaign on Friday, ahead of a vote that it hopes will put Scotland a step closer to independence. (Nov. 8)

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Scotland leader Sturgeon promises new independence vote

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, says country’s vote to remain in EU in the 2016 Brexit referendum has been ignored by U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and promises to hold new independence referendum.

Scotland’s First Minister calls for independence at major rally | AFP

Scotland’s First Minister and the leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon addresses her first major Scottish independence rally for first time since 2014, as the SNP ramps up its campaign ahead of a general election in the UK in December. SOUNDBITE

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Brexit: Scotland’s Sturgeon says ‘bad deal’ will do ‘real damage’ to UK | AFP

Speaking at a joint press conference in London with the Scottish and Welsh Prime ministers, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she believes the Brexit deal negotiated between the UK and the EU is a ‘bad deal and a bad bill’, insisting that those who voted in favour of it are doing ‘real damage’ to the UK. SOUNDBITE

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SNP’s Blackford: Brexit deal would leave Scotland “shafted”

Ian Blackford, leader of the Scottish National Party in the House of Commons, has urged all lawmakers representing constituencies in Scotland to vote against a revised Brexit deal proposed by the government.

History-makers Japan floor Scots to reach World Cup quarters | AFP

Japan enjoyed a historic sporting victory on Sunday as the hosts beat Scotland 28-21 in a barnstorming Rugby World Cup clash to reach the quarter-finals.

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Images of Glasgow airport where Xavier Dupont was arrested | AFP

Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès, suspected of having killed his wife and four children in 2011 in Nantes and actively wanted since then, has been arrested on Friday at Glasgow airport in Scotland. IMAGES of Glasgow airport

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Rugby World Cup: Will Japan-Scotland match go ahead? | AFP

England and France are already qualified from Pool C, with England top of the group, but Pool A hangs in the balance ahead of Japan’s final game against Scotland in Yokohama on Sunday.If that game were to be abandoned it would be a disaster for the Scots, who would be eliminated, while Japan would go through to the quarter-finals as shock winners of Pool A with Ireland runners-up.

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Trump dismisses controversies over his resorts

US officials are disputing reports that a joint Air Force-Alaska Air National Guard unit spent a night at a resort in Scotland owned by President Donald Trump. Trump insists: “I don’t need to have somebody take a room overnight at a hotel.” (Sept. 9)

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Johnson: Brexit needs greater optimism

On a visit to Scotland, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he hopes to end negativity about leaving the European Union and focus on new opportunities. (Sept. 6)

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DNA hints the Loch Ness ‘monster’ might be an eel

A scientist who scooped up DNA from Scotland’s Loch Ness is suggesting that the lake’s fabled monster might be a giant eel. He said Thursday that the project found a surprisingly high amount of eel DNA in the water. (Sept. 5)

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In Scotland, Brexit anger fuels independence calls

With the Brexit deadline looming, Scotland is once again raising the issue of independence. Scotland had voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU and now is being dragged toward what many people fear will be an economic suffering on October 31st. (Sept. 4)

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Glasgow eye of storm as drug deaths spiral in Scotland | AFP

Drug deaths have nearly doubled in 4 years in Scotland, reaching record highs, with many predicting that these figures will be even higher next year. But so far, few solutions have been found.

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Boris Johnson a ‘disaster for Scotland’, some Glasgow residents say | AFP

Newly-selected UK Prime Minister-to-be Boris Johnson will be a ‘disaster for Scotland’ and the United Kingdom, some residents of Glasgow say. Johnson is expected to be confirmed as prime minister on Wednesday when his predecessor Theresa May formally tenders her resignation to Queen Elizabeth II.

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Scotland’s First Minister votes in European poll

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has cast her vote in the elections to European Parliament. It marked the first of four days of voting across the 28-nation bloc. Sturgeon voted in Glasgow, Scotland.