Seven hundred years after a vastly outnumbered Scottish army under legendary King Robert the Bruce defeated the English in a battle for Scottish independence, Scotland next year will again tackle the issue of separating from England.
Italy's justice minister is warning that rampant corruption by politicians' pilfering public funds is reaching unprecedented levels, just as the government is demanding sacrifices from its citizens to keep the country from succumbing to the European debt crisis.
For Ben Judge, Scottish independence is about something more than tartan, bagpipes or any other symbol of Scotland's misty past.
It was a case that gripped Scotland _ a firebrand leftist lawmaker who claimed he spent nights at home playing Scrabble versus a tabloid that claimed he took part in wild parties at a sex club.
Your Thursday editorial "BP's terrorist," (Comment & Analysis) repeats the serious but unfounded allegation that BP secured a "deal" to release the Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, from prison in order to protect its oil interests in Libya.