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Smith Commission confirms Scotland's control of income tax

The Smith Commission has revealed its recommendations for further powers for the Scottish Parliament.

They include:

  • The ability to set income tax rates and bands
  • Scottish Parliament will retain all income tax raised in Scotland
  • Powers to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in Scottish elections
  • The ability to create new benefits and make discretionary welfare payments


Vinyl enjoys revival as sales pass the million mark

Annual vinyl sales have been boosted by a new released from Pink Floyd. Credit: Suzan/Suzan/Empics Entertainment

Annual sales of vinyl albums have soared past the million mark for the first time in 18 years.

The format has been undergoing a renaissance with sales gradually increasing in recent years and it has now hit the seven-figure mark for the first time since 1996, only 11 months into the year.

Pink Floyd's first new release for 20 years, 'The Endless River', helped the figures sail over the million mark as it topped the chart at the weekend, according to new figures released by music industry body BPI.

The best-selling vinyl album of the year to date is AM by Arctic Monkeys, which was released in the summer of 2013.

Ex-Rangers owner Whyte 'held in Mexico'

Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte has been arrested in Mexico, according to reports.

An arrest warrant was issued in October relating to his involvement in the sale of Rangers back in 2011.

Craig Whyte failed to appear in court. Credit: Reuters

Four men appeared in court earlier this month charged with fraudulent activity in connection to the sale of the club.

Gary Withey, 50, David Whitehouse, 49, Paul Clark, 50, and David Grier, 53, were granted bail following a hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Whyte failed to show for his court appearance at Royal Courts of Justice in London, with an arrest warrant subsequently issued.

Five people dead after suicide attack in Kabul

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on a British embassy vehicle in Kabul. Credit: Reuters

At least five Afghan civilians were killed and up to 34 others hurt in a suicide attack on a British embassy vehicle, officials in the country said.

The attack caused parts of Kabul to shake and sent a plume of dust and smoke into the air.

Deputy interior minister General Mohammad Ayub Salangi said: "Foreign vehicles were targeted by a suicide attacker on a motorcycle."

The Taliban reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.


Police hunt double murder suspect

Surrey Police handout photo of Viktoras Bruzas. Credit: PA Wire

Police are hunting a murder suspect after the bodies of a man and a woman were found stabbed to death at a house.

Surrey Police want to speak to 38-year-old Viktoras Bruzas following the discovery of the two victims, believed to be in their 50s, at a house in Fetcham, Surrey, at around 12.30am.

Bruzas, from Walton-on-Thames, is likely to be in Sussex and may be driving a black Mercedes, registration AU11 WJY. He also has links to Surrey and south-east London, the force said.

Members of the public have been warned not to approach Bruzaz if they spot him but to contact police.

A man in his 30s has been arrested in Walton-on-Thames in connection with the inquiry on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder. Police said the victims and the two suspects were known to each other.

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