Alex Salmond has resigned

He says he will stand down as first minister in November when a new SNP leader will be chosen. Follow live updates »

Scotland has voted against ending its 307-year-old union with England and Wales, with the Scottish National party conceding defeat in the historic referendum.

In the last few weeks, almost 200 students – almost all of them female – at Tottenville High School in Staten Island, New York have been given detention over dress code violations. 

Something’s very wrong here.

These dramatic photos come from California, where firefighters are currently battling an out-of-control wildfire in the Sierra Nevada mountains. By Wednesday, it had spread through 111 square miles and was threatening more than 2,000 homes.

Photographs: Noah Berger/Reuters

The Scottish referendum explained for non-Brits (ie most of you reading this) 

• Follow the referendum live - get the latest »

Tomorrow’s front page. Here’s a summary of today’s events, with more live coverage from 7am BST tomorrow. 

• Four new polls were released showing narrow leads for the no camp.


On 18 September voters in Scotland will be asked to make the greatest democratic constitutional decision in their nation’s history. The question is simple: should Scotland be an independent country, yes or no?

Everything you need to know about the vote »