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Breaking news, Friday 1 February

How the new Forth Replacement Crossing will look. Picture: Complimentary

How the new Forth Replacement Crossing will look. Picture: Complimentary

LATEST: A suspected suicide bomber set off a device at the entrance of the US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, killing himself and another person, officials said today.

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3.00pm: A suspected suicide bomber set off a device at the entrance of the US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, killing himself and another person, officials said today.

2.00pm: Politicians have criticised revelations that Ryder Cup volunteers face paying £75 for working at the Gleneagles tournament.

12.35pm: Perth and Kinross Council is planning to spend almost £40 million on improvements to the local authority’s housing stock over the next five years, it was revealed today.

12.05pm: A total of 7,600 different names have been suggested for the Forth Replacement Crossing at the end of a two-month search last night

12.00pm: A businessman who claimed the recession drove him to high-value drug dealing has been jailed for four years and three months.

11.00am: A 51 year-old man has been arrested in connection with firearms offences after a bomb disposal team were called to a house in Brechin in Angus.

10.55am: Transport minister Keith Brown today opened the upgraded M9 junction 1a, providing motorway access to the Forth Road Bridge from the west for the first time, saying project has been completed two months early.

10.45am: A senior counter-terrorism detective who is the first person to be convicted under the fresh investigations into corruption and phone hacking has been jailed for 15 months. Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn was sentenced at the Old Bailey today for misconduct in public office for offering to sell information to the News of the World (NotW).

10.35am: The manager of a coalmine where four men died after it flooded has appeared in court to face gross negligence charges. Charles Breslin, Philip Hill, Garry Jenkins and David Powell all perished at the Gleision mine, near Pontardawe in South Wales, in 2011.

10.25am: The British manufacturer of the distinctive London cab has been acquired by Geely, the Chinese carmaker that bought Sweden’s Volvo Cars in 2010.

10.05am: A truck filled with fireworks for Chinese new years exploded on an elevated highway in China, causing part of the road to collapse and killing eight according to state media.

9.30am: The economy has returned to growth in Scotland, according to statistics released today. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased slightly by 0.6 per cent during the third quarter of last year, and by 0.4 per cent compared with the same time in 2011.

8.30am: An explosion at the Pemex plant in Mexico has killed 25 people, and wounded over 100.

Today in 1865: The Highland Railway was formed from an amalgamation of the Inverness and Perth Junction and the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railways.

Today in 1844: The lamp at Skerryvore Lighthouse off the west coast of Scotland went into operation.

Today in 1708: Alexander Selkirk, a sailor born in Lower Largo, Fife, was discovered on the island of Juan Fernandez, near Chile, where he had survived for four years after being abandoned by his ship. His story inspired Daniel Defoe to write Robinson Crusoe.

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