It will go down as one of the most bitter and hard-fought battles ever fought within the Church of Scotland.
At first glance last year's Scottish tourism figures looked disappointing.
IF the Church of Scotland is to be a national church, it needs to be a broad church.
THE international community is stuck between a rock and a very hard place when it comes to Syria.
The behaviour of the executives who run our delinquent financial institutions continues to be a national disgrace.
SOMETIMES it looks as if no major public project in Scotland ever finishes on time or within budget.
THOUSANDS of cyclists are expected to take to the saddle in Edinburgh tomorrow for the second annual Pedal on Parliament event.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage landed in Edinburgh yesterday, hoping to capitalise on his party's bounce in the Eastleigh by-election and the English local government polls.
WHEN Sir Mervyn King, the respected outgoing governor of the Bank of England, said: "A recovery is in sight" yesterday, it was a cautious statement, delivered as ever with the solemnity of a stern sermon on a wet Sunday morning.
AROUND one in six couples have difficulty conceiving.
IF David Cameron thinks he can head off growing anger among Conservative backbenchers with yesterday's publication of a draft bill for an in-out referendum on EU membership, he has another thing coming.
ATTACHED to the printed papers from the chairman and the chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland at the bank's annual general meeting in Edinburgh yesterday was a lengthy health warning regarding "forward-looking statements".
IT will have come as no surprise to patients who have experienced poor treatment at the hands of spinal surgeon Colin Campbell Mainds that a medical tribunal has found the doctor's fitness to practise is impaired.
THE years 2014 will be a significant one for Scotland.
Championing a world-beating Climate Change Act was always going to be the easy part.
Last summer, the Scottish prison population reached an all-time high of more than 8000, while at the same time the crime rate hit a 37-year low.