British warplanes scrambled to divert US-bound flight after fire threat

Police escort passengers off the EgyptAir Boeing 777 flight from Cairo that was forced to land at Glasgow Prestwick airport in Scotland. Photo: AFP

“At around 1420 hrs today (1320 GMT) an EgyptAir aircraft flying from Cairo to New York was diverted to Prestwick Airport after a suspicious note was discovered on the aircraft,” said a statement from Police Scotland.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 1:31pm

Church of Scotland votes by narrow majority to admit gay ministers

The Church of Scotland has narrowly voted to admit gay and lesbian ministers after traditionalists agreed to compromise after four years of division. The church's ruling general assembly voted to allow congregations to admit gay ministers but only if they specifically elect to do so, in a radical departure from more than 450 years of orthodoxy set in train by the protestant reformer John Knox.

22 May 2013 - 4:13am

Scottish leader Alex Salmond says economy strong enough to quit UK

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond says Scotland might stick with the pound sterling rather than adopt the euro if voters call for independence in a referendum. Photo: AFP

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond believes the economy can prosper outside the United Kingdom, despite dire warnings from London about the risks of independence.

Salmond insisted that Scotland’s “increasing profile internationally,” as a result of the calling of an independence referendum to take place in September next year, had helped to attract foreign investment.

13 May 2013 - 2:31pm

Scottish adventurer sets out to break record for solo stay on remote Rockall

Remote Rockall in the North Atlantic, where Nick Hancock will spend two months in his homemade "survival pod".Photos: SCMP Pictures

An adventurer hoping to set a new endurance record by living alone for 60 days on Rockall, a storm-drenched rock in the Atlantic, was given a piece of advice by the last man who did so.

8 May 2013 - 2:56am

Scottish independence to damage Britain’s reputation

Pro-independence supporters take part in a rally in Princes Street gardens in Edinburgh. Photo: Reuters

Britain’s international reputation will be damaged if Scotland becomes independent in a referendum next year, a powerful committee of lawmakers warned in a report published on Wednesday.

1 May 2013 - 11:02pm

Scotland sets date for independence referendum

Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Salmond and his deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon chat to schoolchildren outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Photo: Reuters

Scotland will hold an independence referendum on September 18, next year, to decide if its five million people should end a 300-year-old union and leave the United Kingdom.

22 Mar 2013 - 2:07am

Scotland may have to reapply to UN and EU, if independent, says Britain

The Scottish flag is waved in Edinburgh. Photo: AP

Scotland may have to reapply for membership of international organisations such as the UN and EU if it votes for independence, according to legal advice published by the British government on Monday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

British PM David Cameron urges Scots not to split from union

British Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo: AFP

In his latest attempt to convince Scots ahead of a referendum on independence next year, Cameron urged Scotland to avoid breaking the nation apart, saying that it had the best of both worlds as things are.

10 Feb 2013 - 10:46am

Collectors line up for world's rarest liquors

Illustration: Tom Jellett

In July, in his bar at London's new Playboy Club, celebrated bartender and collector of rare spirits Salvatore Calabrese was about to make a Guinness World Records certified attempt to mix the world's most expensive cocktail.

8 Nov 2012 - 9:45am

Briefs, October 19, 2012

A supporter of pianist Fazil Say outside the court. Photo: AFP

Ai Weiwei tops list of influential artists

19 Oct 2012 - 5:23am

Scotland secures terms for 2014 independence vote

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond. Photo: AFP

Britain’s prime minister and Scotland’s first minister have fired the starting gun on a two-year campaign for the hearts and minds of Scottish voters ahead of an independence referendum to be held in 2014.

16 Oct 2012 - 2:12pm

Levein under pressure as Scots held by Macedonia

Craig Levein and his team were jeered by fans. Photo: Reuters

Britain's football teams found a way to quickly dissipate the nation's summer of sporting success and bring back the gloom, with dreary performances from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

13 Sep 2012 - 2:18am

Macedonia now a must-win game, says Scotland boss Craig Levein

Craig Levein says Scotland's World Cup qualifying match against Macedonia tomorrow is a must-win game after watching his side being held to a goalless draw by Serbia at Hampden.

The Scots failed to get their group A campaign off to a flying start as they struggled to find a way past Sinisa Mihajlovic's side.

10 Sep 2012 - 1:41am

Sports Digest

'Super Dan' sets his sights on gold in 2016

25 Aug 2012 - 3:18am

Spirited companions

Single malt Scotch whisky is not the only spirit that can be an appropriate partner to a range of dishes. Chilled vodka and caviar are a classic combination.

Irish whisky can match many of the same foods as Scotch, and may be especially appropriate for Irish salmon and oysters.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am