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  • Activity in the trenches at the Ness of Brodgar dig site. Excavation this year was extended to 8 weeks with funding from an anonymous donor. Photo by Robert Scarth
    August 20, 2015   BY Lorna Baldwin 

    As I stand on this windswept bit of Orkney looking down at the Ness of Brodgar dig site, there’s a salty sea loch to my left, a freshwater loch to my right, and standing stones in front of and behind me. I can perfectly imagine why in 3,300 BC people might have flocked to this unique spot – this vast complex of buildings that was used for 1,000 years. Continue reading

  • Nicola Sturgeon
    June 11, 2015  

    A rising political power in the United Kingdom, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon believes one day Scotland will be an independent country. Now, she’s on a whirlwind tour of the U.S. to promote Scottish products and businesses. Judy Woodruff sat down with the politician in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

  • Prime Minister David Cameron from the Conservative Party (left), Labor Party leader Ed Miliband (center). and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg are competing in the 2015 British general election. Photos by Dan Kitwood/pool via Reuters and Peter Nicholls/Reuters
    May 6, 2015   BY Larisa Epatko 

    Every five years, Britons elect members of Parliament. But after this year’s vote on Thursday, the results of the new government might not be known for days. Continue reading

  • An artist's depiction of Dearcmhara shawcrossi, as it would have swam in the warm seas around Scotland 170  million years ago. Image from University of Edinburgh / Todd Marshall.
    January 12, 2015   BY Lorna Baldwin 

    No, it’s not the mythical Loch Ness monster, but 170 million years ago Dearcmhara shawcrossi prowled the warm coastal waters of Scotland in pursuit of fish and other reptiles. Scientists announced the discovery of the previously unknown prehistoric marine reptile in the Scottish Journal of Geology today. An artist’s depiction shows a dolphin-like creature measuring about 14 feet from snout to tail that lived during the Jurassic Period. It’s a moderate-sized ichthyosaur, the dominant marine reptiles that lived in the time of dinosaurs. They were around for 150 million years, until they disappeared about 95 million years ago. This discovery fills in some of the information of the Early-to-Middle Jurassic timeline that has proven hard to crack for paleontologists.
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  • Glasgow, Scotland. A healthcare worker has been diagnosed with Ebola a day after flying home to Glasgow from Sierra Leone, the Scottish government said on Monday. Photo by Russell Cheyne/Reuters
    December 29, 2014   BY Joshua Barajas 

    A healthcare worker, who was returning from Sierra Leone after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, tested positive for the disease, Scottish officials confirmed Monday. It is the country’s first confirmed Ebola patient. Continue reading

  • Revelers wrapped in a St Andrew's or Saltire flag, the national flag of Scotland, sit on a bench following Scottish independence referendum result night celebrations in George Square in Glasgow, U.K., on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Scotland voted to remain in the U.K. after an independence referendum that put the future of the 307-year-old union on a knife edge and risked years of political and financial turmoil. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images
    September 19, 2014  

    Since Scots decided to stay with the United Kingdom, British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised more powers for Scotland. Louise Richardson of the University of St. Andrews and David Rennie of The Economist speak with Judy Woodruff about the significance of the vote and what’s in store for the future of the U.K. Continue reading

  • NO THANKS monitor scotrland vote
    September 19, 2014  

    Voter turnout in Scotland topped an unprecedented 85 percent for a referendum on whether to leave the United Kingdom. In the end, 55 percent voted to stay. And with the threat of separation gone, Prime Minister David Cameron renewed a promise to grant Scotland more powers. Judy Woodruff reports on the reactions from both sides. Continue reading

  • Pro-Union supporters celebrate following the announcement of referendum polling results during a 'Better Together' event in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 19, 2014. Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond on Friday conceded defeat in his party's campaign for independence from the rest of the United Kingdom, after all but one result from the historic referendum was declared.  AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN        (Photo credit should read Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)
    September 19, 2014   BY Nora Daly 

    Scottish citizens awoke today — if they ever went to bed at all — to the news that their country will remain part of the United Kingdom. A record-breaking 85 percent of registered voters turned out at the polls Thursday to cast their ballots for or against independence, the Associated Press reports. This included a number of voters under the age of 18 — the referendum was the first time individuals as young as 16 were permitted to vote on a major matter of state in the United Kingdom. The majority of residents, 55 percent, voted against independence, while 45 percent voted for it. Continue reading

  • Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Democratic challenger Photo by David Paul Morris/ Bloomberg

    The Kansas state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Democrat Chad Taylor, who dropped out of the Senate race at the beginning of September, will no longer show up on the ballot on Nov. 4. Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach had previously rejected Taylor’s request to be pulled from the ballot because Kobach said he had not given sufficient legal reason for not being able to serve in the Senate. Now, independent Greg Orman has a clean shot at incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts, who faces a tougher re-election challenge. Continue reading

  • A voter leaves a polling station in Peebles, Scotland on Thursday, the day of the independence referendum. After months of campaigning, the people of Scotland got to decide the fate of their homeland. Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
    September 19, 2014   BY Larisa Epatko 

    Updated at 3:30 a.m. EDT Friday | Scots voted to stay in the union with England, following Thursday’s historic referendum. Continue reading

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