The Edinburgh Fringe Festival - regarded as the world's biggest arts festival - gets underway today with acts ready to entertain audiences.
An investigation has begun into why the ashes of hundreds of dead babies were buried without their parents' permission in unmarked graves.
A joke about Posh and Becks has come out top in an annual competition to find the funniest one-liner at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Police investigating the discovery of two bodies in a hotel room in Edinburgh are considering whether the incident was a double suicide.
A large cordon stretches from the hotel entrance on North Bridge along the pavement towards the Balmoral Hotel on Princes Street.
From what I can gather so far the chemical incident and the deaths are linked.
The chemicals, gas or liquid, some form of noxious substance, were contained to this one room on the 6th floor and the chemical was ingested by the two people voluntarily, resulting in their deaths.
Nobody else at the hotel is at risk and only the 6th floor was evacuated to allow specialist chemical teams from Edinburgh Fire and Rescue service to get into the room.
As it’s still 3 hours since this happened, authorities are still trying to contact and locate the next of kin, so more details may emerge later today or potentially first thing tomorrow.
It’s now a police incident but the fire brigade is still present but only as supervisory prescence.
This is not a criminal investigation.
The incident comes on the eve of the start of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which means the city and the Scotsman hotel are both very busy.
There was also a wedding taking place at the time of the incident.
Police are investigating a possible chemical incident in relation to the death of a man and a woman in a Edinburgh hotel room.
The sixth floor of the Scotsman Hotel has been evacuated while officers were seen entering the building in chemical suits.
A police spokesman said the deaths were currently being treated as unexplained.
A couple have been found dead in a luxury hotel room in Edinburgh.
Emergency services were called to The Scotsman Hotel at around 12.15pm today where a man and a woman were found dead.
Police say their deaths are currently being treated as unexplained.
Officers wearing chemical suits have been seen entering the hotel, according to STV.
Signalling problems caused by lightning strikes have disrupted many train services this morning:
#Stechford - signalling problems are now also causing further disruption between Coventry and Birmingham International. Delays to 45 minutes
Passengers affected by the disruption are being urged to use the National Rail Enquiries journey planner.
A woman detained by police following an armed siege at an Edinburgh pharmacy has been taken to hospital for treatment, Police Scotland said:
Police confirm female detained by police following incident taken to Edinburgh Royal Infimary for treatment after becoming ill.
Specially-trained officers were in attendance and Taser was used to assist with safe detention of male to resolve incident.
An armed siege at a pharmacy in Edinburgh city centre has been "resolved peacefully", Police Scotland said:
Incident in the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, has been resolved peacefully. 2 people, a male & a female, detained.
Staff & members of public inside pharmacy were prevented from leaving by man & woman. Now being assisted by police & ambulance personnel.
Sky News' James Matthews, who is at the scene where the Edinburgh armed siege took place, said a woman has been brought out of the pharmacy on a stretcher:
Edinburgh chemist stand-off: woman brought out on stretcher by paramedics into ambulance
An eyewitness who lives on Edinburgh's Royal Mile said she saw a man lock himself inside the pharmacy with four or five other people.
Mayte Fernaudez, 27, said: "I saw one man in the pharmacy lock the door. The police couldn't get in. I think the man was in his late 20s or early 30s.
"There were four or five other people in the pharmacy. I think there was one lady and more people inside".