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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

Breakfast politics briefing: Majority 'No' vote in Indyref2 poll | Boris Johnson will comply...

Welcome to The Scotsman’s morning politics briefing. Here’s all you need to know for the day ahead. Source: Scotsman Read full story: Breakfast politics briefing: Majority...

Obituary: Rick Ocasek, singer, songwriter and musician who was one of the drivingforces behind...

Ric Ocasek, singer, songwriter, musician and painter. Born: 23 March 1949 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Died: 15 September 2019 in New York, US. Source:...

Obituary: Phyllis Newman, actress and singer who won two Tony Awards

Phyllis Newman, actress and singer. Born: 19 March 1933 in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States. Died: 15 September 2019 in New York, US. Source:...

Don’t let the Brexit clamour drown out the rights of people with disablities –...

There’s no room for complacency, so politicians and parliamentary candidates should be backing the Royal Blind’s Rights Pledge, argues Mark O’Donnell Source: Scotsman Read full story:...

Great news that Tom Gilzean, an icon of Edinburgh, will be back soon –...

It’s great news indeed that Tom Gilzean is on the road to recovery and that he hopes to be seen on his usual spot...

Any change to hate crime laws in Scotland must protect faith groups – Dr...

People of faith are not second-class citizens, writes Dr Stuart Weir Source: Scotsman Read full story: Any change to hate crime laws in Scotland must protect...

Bloody Scotland’s lesson for public figures who tell lies – Alexander McCall Smith

Bloody Scotland is with us again. That is not a deliberate echo of Hamish Blair’s infamous wartime poem, Bloody Orkney, but a reference to...

Queen ‘must give up’ Palace of Holyroodhouse, says Greens MSP

The royal family should relinquish any claims to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the event of independence, according to a Scottish Greens MSP. Source: Scotsman Read...

Scottish Independence: Poll – majority of Scots will vote "remain in the UK"

A majority of Scots would vote to stay in the UK in a fresh independence referendum, new polling indicates. Source: Scotsman Read full story: Scottish Independence:...

Girl scares off knife-wielding armed robber…by throwing bread at him

An 11-year-old girl has scared off an armed robber by throwing bread at him with her father. Source: Scotsman Read full story: Girl scares off knife-wielding...

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Recession fears as Scotland's economy falls into downturn

Scotland's economy has fallen into a downturn with "Brexit uncertainty" blamed for the slowdown. Source: Scotsman Read full story: Recession fears as Scotland's economy falls into...

Corbyn to outline a 'sensible' Leave deal in a new Brexit referendum

Jeremy Corbyn has said Labour would offer a "sensible" Leave deal in a new Brexit referendum as he signalled he could remain neutral in...

Polish ambassador tells UK Poles to 'seriously consider' returning to home country amid Brexit

Poland's ambassador to the UK, who has written a letter to 800,000 Poles advising them to "seriously consider" returning to their home country, has...

Forfar manager and coach escape serious injury in 'horrific head-on motorway collision'

Forfar manager Jim Weir and first team coach Barry Sellars are recovering at home after the pair were involved in a serious car crash...

Edinburgh's electric Just Eat hire bikes delayed to next year

Edinburgh's electric hire bikes have been delayed till next year, Just Eat Cycles operator Serco announced today. Source: Scotsman Read full story: Edinburgh's electric Just Eat...