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Aberdeen & North East

Faslane and Lossiemouth to share £1.7bn MoD upgrade cash

Scottish military bases are to be upgraded in a £1.7 billion investment programme, the UK Defence Secretary has announced.

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Brian McKandie

Man to appear in court over pensioner mechanic murder case

A man is to due to appear in court charged with the murder of a pensioner in Aberdeenshire almost a year ago.

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Patch the Springer Spaniel at The Palace of Hollyrood in Edinburgh. Picture: SWNS

Dog in charge of protecting Queen at Balmoral retires

Her bark may have been worse than her bite, but Patch, the springer spaniel who helped guard the Royal Family during visits to 
Scotland, is retiring after nine years of loyal service.

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Public buyouts of vital North Sea platforms and pipelines could support the industry through the current slump. Picture: PA

SNP in talks over public buyouts of North Sea platforms

The Scottish Government is ready to look into the prospect of public buyouts of vital North Sea platforms and pipelines to support the industry through the current slump.

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Colin Parker is retiring after 30 years with Aberdeen Harbour Board. Picture: Contributed

Aberdeen Harbour boss to retire after 30-year stint

Colin Parker, the chief executive of Aberdeen Harbour Board, is to retire after three decades with the team.

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Artist impressions of the proposed Aberdeen Football Club new stadium at Kingsford.

Aberdeenshire councillors recommend refusal of Dons stadium

Aberdeen Football Club’s plan to build a £50m stadium to the west of the city has been opposed by a group of councillors.

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Colin Murray prepares for Etape Loch Ness charity cycle. Picture: Contributed

Grandad with cancer to do 66-mile Loch Ness charity cycle

A 62-year-old grandfather suffering form an incurable cancer will take part in the Etape Loch Ness challenge to raise money for Maggie’s Centre.

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The climber died of his injuries despite the best efforts of rescuers

Cairngorms climber dies from fall injuries

A climber in his 20s has died after falling in the Cairngorms, police have confirmed.

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Wood Group is 'cautious' on the near-term outlook for the oil and gas market. Picture: Contributed

Wood Group earnings hit by tough oil and gas market

Oil and gas services giant Wood Group is bracing itself for another tough year in the North Sea after reporting a slide in annual profits.

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Syrian refugees to work on Huntly art project inspired by Middle East conflict

Syrian refugees to work on Huntly art project inspired by Middle East conflict

Syrian refugees in the north-east of Scotland are to join forces with a Damascus-born artist for three months to create a new body of work inspired by the conflict in the Middle East.

Lifestyle
The Treasury invested �24m more into the industry than it got back in petroleum revenue tax. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Oil sector ‘getting head above water’ with £2bn revenues

The oil and gas industry is getting its head above water after posting negative tax receipts for the first time in 2015-16, the body which represents the sector has said.

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An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad attended the incident in Ballater. Picture: Neil Hanna

Flats in Ballater evacuated as wartime device removed

A device that prompted the evacuation of a block of flats in Ballater has been safely removed from the site.

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Edinburgh saw an 8% rise in sales at the top end of the market, but Aberdeen suffered a 44% slump. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Edinburgh bucks decline in £1m-plus home sales

The number of house sales valued at £1 million and above dropped by 6 per cent last year, according to data from property group Rettie & Co.

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The M8 westbound through Glasgow city centre was Scotland's third worst route for congestion last year. Picture: Hemedia

Revealed: Scotland's most congested roads and cities

Aberdeen has worse traffic congestion than London at peak hours, analysts INRIX revealed today.

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Queen Elizabeth II presents new colours to Cameron Highlanders at Balmoral Castle in 1955.

Queen’s private Balmoral golf course opened to the public

The Queen’s private Balmoral golf course is being opened to the public.

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Accidents took place in Aberdeenshire. Picture: John Devlin

Two people killed and baby injured in accidents

Two people have died and a baby has been injured in two separate collisions.

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The Nazi U-boat sunk by a toilet malfunction

IN APRIL 1945, with the end of the war in sight, German U-boat 1206 was navigating the depths off the Aberdeenshire coast when disaster struck.

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The deal includes student housing schemes in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Picture: John Devlin

Unite sells student housing sites in £295m deal

Unite, the student accommodation developer, has sold off 13 properties to fund manager Brookfield in a £295 million deal that includes several sites north of the Border.

Companies
Aberdeenshire school pupils could soon be studying Doric as part of the curriculum. Picture (posed by models): John Devlin

Aberdeenshire councillors consider Doric plan for schools

Pupils at Aberdeenshire schools could soon be studying Doric as part of the curriculum.

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The site of the illicit whisky bothy, thought to date back to the early 19th century, which has been found in the Cabrach area of Moray.. Picture: Dr Kieran German/The BIG Partnership/PA Wire

Site of illegal whisky bothy found on Scottish hillside

The site of an illicit smuggler’s whisky bothy, thought to date back to the early 19th-century, has been discovered on a remote hillside.

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