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Polluted streets ‘still poisoning lungs’ in Scotland

Environmentalists have named the Scottish streets they say are being blighted by air pollution fumes.

Environment
Humpback whale in the Firth of Forth with Edinburgh Castle  in the background. Picture: Adrian Plumb

In pictures: Spectacular humpback whale in front of Edinburgh Castle

A BIRD photographer couldn’t believe his luck when he snapped a “once in a lifetime” image of a humpback whale in front of Edinburgh Castle.

News
The A82 was closed by police near the Glencoe Mountain Resort

Five injured in car crash during drifting snow

Five people have been injured in a two-car crash as drifting snow causes hazardous conditions in the Highlands.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard

Richard Leonard claims Nicola Sturgeon is ‘most divisive UK politician since Thatcher’

Nicola Sturgeon has been branded the most divisive politician "since Margaret Thatcher" over her push for a second referendum on Scottish independence.

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Watch two climbers rescued from ‘precarious position’ at Glencoe

Two climbers have been airlifted to safety after being discovered in a “precarious position” - having survived a night without shelter at 3,000 ft.

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Commuters have been warned of potential delays.

Severe disruption on Glasgow - Edinburgh services

Commuters have been warned to expect delays to rail services from Inverness and Aberdeen to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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many are travelling to Glencoe for winter sports.

Police issue a ‘do not travel’ warning for Glencoe

Police Scotland is advising drivers of hazardous conditions in the area of the A82 in the Glencoe area and requesting the public to stay safe and not drive into the area.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
Zakia Moulaoui from Invisible Cities who is providing haircuts and handing out toiletries to homeless people from the police box on Leith Walk. Photograph: Greg Macvean

Barbers think outside the box to give homeless free haircuts

They’ve been transformed into tiny bespoke coffee kiosks, ticket offices for tourist attractions and even tapas bars after lying abandoned for years.

Education
Daniel and Joanna Campbell at the Leaf & Bean cafe, which has been hit hard by the rise. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Rates loophole brings businesses to their knees

Hundreds of firms have been hit with punitive business rates hikes as a result of a loophole in the Scottish Government’s budget, Scotland on Sunday can reveal.

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Glasgow Airport temporarily closed due to snow.

Scotland’s weather: Glasgow Airport reopens after temporarily closing due to snow

Glasgow Airport has reopened after temporarily closing to clear its runway from heavy snow.

Transport 1
Dr John Montgomery, right, the lead GP on the Govan SHIP, with practice manager Vince McGarry. Photograph: Nick Ponty

Leading doctor warns new GP contract fails to meet needs of poor patients

A leading doctor has spoken out against the decision to approve the new GP contract, saying it doesn’t go far enough in addressing the urgent needs of the most deprived people in Scotland.

News

Sinn Fein’s president-elect Mary Lou McDonald has said that the party will aim to convince unionists that a united Ireland is the best way forward for everyone.

Politics
Police officers are appealing for information.

Police officer forced to take ‘evasive action’ following attempted hit and run

Police are investigating following an attempt to injure an on duty police officer in Bannockburn Road, Stirling.

Stirling
Alan Cumming and Nicola Sturgeon at a flash mob meeting outside the Yes Campaign office in Finnieston , Glasgow in 2014. Picture: TSPL

Alan Cumming makes £64K profit on ‘Indyref flat’ he bought in Edinburgh

Scottish actor Alan Cumming has made a £64,000 profit on a flat in Polwarth he bought in the hope it would let him vote in the Scottish referendum.

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Kirsty Maxwell with husband Adam Maxwell.

Kirsty Maxwell’s dad hires top criminologist in his fight for truth

THE father of Kirsty Maxwell, who tragically fell to her death from a Benidorm hotel balcony, says he hopes a top criminologist can solve her death riddle.

News

David Mundell under pressure to drop Carillion interim chief exec as adviser

Scotland secretary David Mundell has been urged to drop one of his top advisers due to his links with Carillion.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at East Midlands Ambulance Service. Picture; PA

Corbyn’s Labour pours cold water on federalism

Jeremy Corbyn’s Scotland spokeswoman has distanced herself from calls for a federal constitution, arguing that the priority for post-Brexit constitutional reform under a Labour government should be new powers for local government.

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Gardener with a handful of freshly harvested potatoes

Science unearths neglected health food: potatoes

Move over goji berries and green tea and make way for the humble tattie.

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A better way to encourage sinners like me to eat veg

Aesop’s fable about the wind and the sun is a useful reminder that working with people is a better way of encouraging them to do the right thing. A bit like the wind’s relentless battering, we’ve gone on and on about five a day and as far as anyone can tell it’s not made a blind bit of difference for the last ten years. The Mrs Doyle messaging gets through – five a day is one of the most recognised public health campaigns in the world – but it doesn’t change what people eat.

Opinion
Jacinda Ardern and her partner, Clarke Gayford, speak to the press outside their home in Auckland. Picture: Hannah Peters/Getty

Dani Garavelli: Let’s share in premier’s joy at having a baby on board

When Benazir Bhutto – then prime minister of Pakistan – announced she was pregnant with her second child in 1990, the opposition leader, Syeda Abida Hussain, accused her of being “greedy”. “It is clear she wants it all – motherhood, domesticity, glamour. She is even seeking more power than she has,” she said.

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