The threat of more strikes by tens of thousands of civil servants could come closer this week when union bosses meet to consider industrial action.
THE Scottish publisher behind the Booker Prize-winning novel Life Of Pi is set to rake in hundreds of thousands of pounds as the fantastical tale hits the big screen.
A FAMOUS Church of Scotland kirk has been saved after villagers raised £500,000 to restore it.
A FUGITIVE wanted in connection with the rape of a woman in Perth in October has been arrested.
MINISTERS have commissioned research on the impact of marches on local communities in a move seen as the first step towards legislation on parades in Scotland.
TWO top NHS executives have been suspended amid a probe by watchdogs into discrepancies over waiting-time figures.
THE Scottish Government has been called on to investigate a high-profile publicly funded charity at the centre of a row over alleged nepotism.
British Army personnel have been granted an extra five days holiday this Christmas in recognition of their hard work during 2012.
RADIO presenter John Humphrys has insisted he did not set out to humiliate George Entwistle during the on-air mauling that led to the former BBC director general's resignation.
HOLLYWOOD stars Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Keira Knightley are said to be on the guest list for fashion house Chanel's first-ever fashion show in Scotland.
THE Herald Aberlour Christmas Appeal will support the work of the biggest children's charity working solely in Scotland.
Pamela Nash MP has visited Royal Mail's Christmas parcel sort centre in Lanarkshire to see first-hand the mountain of parcels the postal operator will deliver this year.
A group of students has become the first musicians to perform inside the Wallace Monument.
A group of 1960s music fans are aiming to give today's pop stars a run for their money in the race to be number one at Christmas.
THE driver of a horse-drawn carriage remains in hospital after colliding with a car as he carried a bride to her wedding on Saturday.
MOST of Britons would replace George Osborne with an entrepreneur.
SCOTTISH smokers could be given a genetic test to help them to quit their nicotine habit.
HE has sold more than 100 million albums, has a knighthood, and is the most successful songwriter in UK chart history.
Plans have been lodged to remove an entire hill, famed for its archeological heritage and geological significance, to make way for a quarry.
singer Amy Macdonald has been forced to cancel tour dates after suffering from a seizure.
MORE that half a million visitors have flocked to Edinburgh Zoo since giant pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang arrived in the city a year ago.
Doctors are too scared of getting sued to make any steps forward in finding a cure for cancer, Lord Saatchi said as he launched a Private Members' Bill giving legal defence for doctors who make medical innovations.
TRIBUTES have been paid to a young woman who died after a night out in Glasgow.
Investigations are under way after three separate blazes in Edinburgh.
PROTEST action by lawyers over legal aid changes is set to spread throughout the country this week.
Drivers were urged to take extra care as the first widespread snowfall of winter was due to hit many parts of Scotland.
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has launched this year's festive drink-driving crackdown with a demand for police to breathalyse drivers at random.
POLICE chiefs have drawn up a new strategy on Scotland's sex trade to be used by the new single police force, leading to fears of a national crackdown.
The death of a woman found in the River Clyde is not thought to be suspicious, police have said.
Online retailers are braced for their busiest day of the year as consumers take part in the annual pre-Christmas shopping spree dubbed Cyber Monday.