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Kirk votes against economic sanctions for Israel

A call urging economic sanctions against Israel over the expansion of settlements on the West Bank has been rejected by the 2017 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

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Black smoke is visible from near to the Edinburgh hospital.

Firefighters tackle blaze at old Royal Victoria hospital

Firefighters have been battling a blaze at the old Royal Victoria Hospital this afternoon.

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Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte. Pic: SNS/Bill Murray

Craig Whyte trial hears claims use of Ticketus ‘actively concealed’

A key associate of Craig Whyte accepted it could have been “misleading” not to have revealed the role of a tickets firm in the Rangers takeover.

Rangers
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale during the launch of the Scottish Labour manifesto. Picture: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Kezia Dugdale: Vote Labour to ditch ‘divisive’ SNP and Tories

Kezia Dugdale underlined her firm opposition to a second independence referendum and a hard Brexit today as she sought to position Labour as the alternative to the “divisive politics” of the SNP and Conservatives.

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Dario Franchitti was robbed in the US. Picture; Ian Georgeson

Scots racing star Dario Franchitti robbed at gunpoint

Scottish racing driver Dario Franchitti has been robbed at gunpoint at a Taco Bell drive-through restaurant in the US.

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Professor Richard Wiseman will be leading the new Walter Scott Seances at the Signet Library.

Spirit of Walter Scott to be summoned at new Signet Library seances

With its elegant Georgian architecture, it has been one of the most prestigious buildings on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile for nearly two centuries.
Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians
The watchdog will launch an investigation by July 18.

Watchdog probing proposed Standard Life-Aberdeen Asset deal

The UK’s competition watchdog has launched an investigation into the potential £11 billion tie-up between Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management.

Financial
Tim Hortons is opening a store in Glasgow. Picture: Wikimedia/Creative Commons

Cafe chain Tim Hortons announces Glasgow opening date

Tim Hortons, the Canadian cafe chain, is to open its first UK store in Glasgow on 2 June.

Companies 11
Bob and Kelly McAlpine of Dalriada Luxury Lodges in Stonehaven. Picture: Contributed

Former oil exec invests £1m in Stonehaven luxury lodges

A former oil and gas executive has launched a new luxury tourism business in Aberdeenshire after his family unveiled plans to invest more than £1 million in the development.

Media & Leisure
Addleshaw Goddard's John Joyce, left, and Malcolm McPherson of HBJ Gateley have spent months finalising their merger plans. Picture: Chris Watt

Latest cross-border legal merger set to complete

It may not grab the headlines like Pippa Middleton’s wedding did over the weekend, but the senior partners who have thrashed out next Thursday’s official tie-up between Scotland’s HBJ Gateley and England’s Addleshaw Goddard argue it will be a good marriage for all.

Law 2
Lucy Bostock invented her More-2-Explore device after becoming separated from her young son at a theme park. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Monday interview: More-2-Explore founder Lucy Bostock

Today marks exactly a year since Lucy Bostock took her son, then aged five, to Legoland, where the distressing experience of being separated from him among the hordes ultimately proved the inspiration for setting up More-2-Explore.

Companies
Karen Dance becomes head of the Scotland business stream at insurance and risk law specialist BLM. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Insurance and risk law specialist BLM has named Glasgow-based partner Karen Dance as head of its Scotland business stream, while partner Gillian

Rushbury, who heads up its solicitor advocacy unit, has been appointed head of office in Glasgow.

Management
Driverless cars are the future of motoring

Is it time for drivers to take the back seat?

With test cars already clocking up millions of miles, Matt Allan looks into the technology behind autonomous cars.

Promoted content
The addition of the Mariner Sentinel to its fleet with create 24 jobs at Aberdeen-based Sentinel Marine. Picture: Contributed

Offshore support firm adds 24 jobs with fleet expansion

A business that owns and operates offshore support vessels for the oil and gas industry has boosted its fleet in a move that will create 24 jobs in its North Sea operation.

News
An example of charity Challenges Worldwide's work, seen here with staff at a bakery in Uganda: Picture: Contributed

Gin venture’s first round of profits to help the poor

A social enterprise gin based in Edinburgh that launched in November has given away its first funding from sales proceeds to help disadvantaged young adults help tackle poverty in developing countries.

Retail
Brave Eilidh Steel starts off  the Race for Life. Pictured: Contributed

Scots teen beats rare cancer after treatment in US

A SCOTTISH teenager beat a rare form of cancer thanks to cutting-edge treatment in America.

Charities
Matthew Bryce recovering in hospital after 32-hour ordeal at sea. Picture: BBC News\ PA

Surfer rescued after 32 hours stranded at sea may surf again

A SURFER rescued after more than 30 hours stranded at sea has revealed he may return to the sport.

News 2
Gail Hendry is standing for the SNP in the Scottish Parliamentary by-election in Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire. Picture: contributed

Alex Salmond’s sister steps up Holyrood election bid

ALEX Salmond’s sister has praised her “super brother” as she steps up her campaign to win election to Holyrood.

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Arkleston Road in Paisley is the No 1 cycling accident hotspot. Picture: John Devlin

Revealed: 20 black spots for cycling accidents

Scotland’s riskiest roads for cyclists have been named by campaigners, who called for the most dangerous junctions to be improved.

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Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale and representatives from the Lib Demss, the Tories and the SNP gather at the Serenity cafe to mark a campaign truce in honour of the murdered Labour MP Jo Cox. Picture: Getty

Candidates call truce in Edinburgh to respect late Jo Cox

CANDIDATES from across the political divide called an hour-long campaigning truce in Edinburgh today in memory of the murdered MP Jo Cox.

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