An invitation has been sent to Pope Francis for him to consider a day visit to Glasgow.
A safari park keeper has been using his workplace as an unusual training ground for a tough assault course.
Relatives of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the only man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, are to pursue a fresh bid to clear his name more than two years after his death, lawyers announced today.
THE NHS is planning to entice more foreign doctors to Scotland in a bid to plug staffing gaps in under-pressure hospital departments.
A registered childminder has been criticised by care chiefs for putting the health of children at risk - by smoking in her home.
The first summer storm of the year is threatening to cause disruption to a number of popular outdoor events this weekend.
IT is the former home of Sir Walter Scott on the banks of the River Tweed, which has just emerged from a battle to raise £11.5 million for a major restoration.
MORE people from the west of Scotland are visiting shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, sales figures show.
Bestselling crime writer Val McDermid will be hoping her favourite football team's fans will still be celebrating - if not "dancing in the streets of Raith" - after she agreed to sponsor Raith Rovers footballers' jerseys.
PROPERTY prices in Scotland's oil boom city have almost doubled during the last 10 years despite the turbulence felt during the economic downturn of 2007, a wide-ranging report has found.
A NEW symbol has been launched in an attempt to reassure shoppers that second-hand goods are of the highest quality and to drive more sales of the products.
A MUSIC company has lost a High Court fight with a rival over the rights to 13 Bob Marley songs.
AN inquest into the death of a Scottish gold mine manager in Zimbabwe has returned a verdict of suicide.
A COUNTRYSIDE champion has backed a bid to nearly double the size of one of Scotland's three regional parks.
The cost of mobile calls between networks is set to fall to the lowest level yet under proposals announced by Ofcom.
THIEVES have stolen metal plaques from a statue erected in memory of SAS founder David Stirling.
Royal Mail is to launch a set of stamps aimed at encouraging the conservation of UK fisheries.
A MAN of 36 has died following a crash between a car and a van.
READERS with a passion for genre fiction will have the chance to hear from top authors when Scotland's International Crime Writers Festival returns.
A specialist advice service for kinship carers has provided a "£1 million financial lifeline" over the last five years, a report has revealed.
The family of a woman killed when a rally car ploughed into a group of spectators have said she will be "missed immensely".
Forensics officers have begun probing an area of previously hidden ground during the search of scrubland close to where Madeleine McCann was last seen in Portugal seven years ago.
An adventurer has set sail for remote Rockall in the Atlantic in a charity bid to set a new record for occupying the island.
Victims of the payment protection insurance mis-selling scandal could have been under-compensated by £1 billion, an investigation has found.
POLICE are today examining CCTV footage in an investigation into the first person hit by a tram, five days after Edinburgh's controversial new system was launched.
A former Scout leader has been found guilty of attempted rape and a string of other sex offences against boys as young as seven.
A WOMAN and dog shelter from the rain in the Laburnum Arch of trees near the 15th-century Preston Tower in the East Lothian village of Prestonpans.
One hundred volunteers are being sought for a seven-week study to examine if eliminating wheat makes us feel less bloated and more energised.
A CHARITY single inspired by teenage cancer victim Stephen Sutton looks set to storm the charts this weekend.
A BABY died and 14 others across six hospitals have suffered blood poisoning from an apparently contaminated batch of intravenously fed liquid.