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Benedictines ‘can’t accept’ blame for child abuse at school

The head of a religious order has expressed “sorrow” that monks abused boys at Fort Augustus Abbey School but said his congregation cannot be held responsible for what happened.

Politics
Flights at Edinburgh suffered the most delays in the year to March, according to analysis of official Civil Aviation Authority figures. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Passengers face delays on one in four Scottish flights

Transport
St Johns Hospital in Livingston has been hit by summer shutdowns before in 2012 and 2015. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Campaigners fear for St John’s Hospital children’s ward

Furious campaigners fear for the future of the children’s ward at St John’s Hospital after a fresh staffing crisis forced it to close to inpatients for the third time in six years.

Health
More than 350 objects, including loans from the Vatican and the Louvre, are in the new Jacobites exhibition at the National Museum.

National Museum facing protests over lack of Gaelic in Jacobites exhibition

A major new exhibition on Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites is facing protests today over claims it has sidelined the Gaelic language.

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians

Billy Connolly awarded knighthood ahead of his 75th birthday

Billy Connolly has been given a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in a landmark year that will see him hit the milestone age of 75.

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Inverleith House art gallery was closed suddenly at the Royal Botanic Garden just after its 30th anniversary.

Botanic Garden told to rethink after Inverleith House closure

The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh has been urged by experts to overhaul its entire approach to the arts after the controversial closure of its long-running gallery.

Culture
VisitScotland's new Harry Potter campaign has been launched ahead of the 20th anniversary of the first novel on Monday.

Harry Potter holiday itinerary unveiled ahead of 20th anniversary

Scottish tourism chiefs have unveiled their first Harry Potter holiday itinerary to coincide with the 20th anniversary of JK Rowling’s famous creation.

Books
Edinburgh Festival Fringe  on the Royal Mile. Picture: Alex Hewitt

Sign up to our Edinburgh Festival Fringe newsletter

We know the festival can sometimes be overwhelming so we’ll be sending out a daily email newsletter loaded with the best of what Edinburgh has to offer this August.

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians
The Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act was introduced in 2012. Picture: Stephen Mansfield/TSPL

Scrapping Offensive Behaviour Football act ‘would be historic’

Scrapping a law aimed at tackling sectarian behaviour at football would be a historic moment for devolution, an MSP has said.

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A fishing boat lies idle in Ullapool. Michael Gove has said Brexit will offer the fishing industry an opportunity for expansion. Picture: Jon Savage/TSPL

Michael Gove: Brexit could boost Scots fishing industry

Leaving the European Union will create a “sea of opportunity” for the fishing industry, the new Environment Secretary Michael Gove has said.

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North Gaulton Castle Seastack. Picture: VisitScotland

5 hidden tourist gems on Orkney

THERE are a host of well-known tourist attractions when you visit Orkney, but what about the lesser-known tourism gems?

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
Donald Iain Brown, chair of M�d Ghlaschu 2019, is joined by school children from Gaelic School Glasgow to unveil the new logo for the festival. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Mod festival returns to Glasgow for first time in 30 years

Glasgow is set to celebrate the Gaelic community as a festival takes place in the city for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Music
Premier Punt is also revamping its website for the new football season. Picture: Scott Louden

Fantasy sports firm Premier Punt secures casino licence

Premier Punt, the Edinburgh-based fantasy sports operator, has been awarded a remote casino licence from the Gambling Commission.

Media & Leisure

Kevin Bacon attends Edinburgh International Film Festival premiere

KEVIN BACON has revealed Scots playwright John Byrne played a massive part in his fledging career.

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians
Cars on the A82.

Loch Lomond tourist road to be widened after tunnel rejected

A notoriously twisty stretch of the main road beside Loch Lomond popular with tourists is to be widened to speed up journeys and improve safety.

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76 workers have been flown off a North Sea oil platform. Picture; PA

BP’s North Sea platform evacuated with 76 workers flown off

More than 70 people have been flown off a North Sea platform after it suffered a loss of power.

Energy
The Oil & Gas Technology Centre is led by chief executive Colette Cohen. Picture: Ross Johnston/Newsline Scotland

Oil & Gas Technology Centre pumps £1.6m into projects

Aberdeen’s Oil & Gas Technology Centre has approved investment of more than £1.6 million in new projects, just four months after opening for business.

News
The finale of the Edinburgh International Festival will be staged in two parts in August - the first without any fireworks.

Shake-up revealed for Edinburgh International Festival fireworks finale

The grand finale of the Edinburgh International Festival is to be extended by around 20 minutes - for a special musical sequence unaccompanied by fireworks.
Edinburgh festivals
Housing minister Kevin Stewart said small-scale developers are 'essential'. Picture: Jon Savage

LendInvest launches academy for budding property tycoons

Online mortgage specialist LendInvest has kicked off a non-profit initiative in Scotland aimed at helping budding housebuilders and property developers to secure finance for their plans.

Financial
EY praised Cornerstone chief Edel Harris for her 'passion, drive and strategic mindset'. Picture: Contributed

Cornerstone charity boss Edel Harris wins entrepreneur award

Edel Harris was last night named EY Scotland Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 at an awards ceremony at Gleneagles.

Management
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