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Flag fight breaks out over 'Union Jack' on Scottish public buildings


EDINBURGH Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon has denied claims that her pro-independence government is trying to remove the United Kingdom's official flag, the Union Jack, from Scottish government buildings.


U.S. FDA's tobacco stance faces test with Philip Morris iQOS device 22 Jan 2018

WASHINGTON In a decision expected to test the Trump administration's approach to tobacco regulation, U.S. health advisers will vote this week on whether to allow Philip Morris International Inc to claim its novel iQOS tobacco device is less harmful than cigarettes.


Sturgeon sees growing support for UK to stay in single market 15 Jan 2018

EDINBURGH Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon has sought to up the pressure on the British government to stay in Europe's single market after Brexit, saying a growing political majority backs such a deal.


Britons gloomier about Brexit but no change of heart - pollster Curtice 10 Jan 2018

EDINBURGH British pessimism on the economic consequences of leaving the European Union is growing, but Britons have not broadly changed their minds about how they voted, Britain's leading pollster John Curtice said on Tuesday.


UK pledges to amend EU withdrawal bill, soothe Scottish devolution worries 09 Jan 2018

EDINBURGH Britain's government will amend the European Union withdrawal bill in time for it to win backing from Scotland's pro-independence devolved administration, Britain's Scotland minister said on Tuesday.