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Tom Peterkin: Sturgeon left in splendid isolation over ‘power grab’

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon’s splendid isolation in power grab row – following Wales’ decision to settle – will appeal to her hard-core supporters but few others, writes Tom Peterkin.

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Kenny MacAskill: Why Charles III should be the last king of Britain

A child being born is a magical moment and I wish the Royal Family well. The birth of my own sons remains the highlight of my life and something I’ll always treasure.

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David Alexander is MD of DJ Alexander. Picture: Contributed

David Alexander comment: Landlords punished despite fulfilling acute need

Last year Theresa May fought a general election on a platform of “strong and stable government”...and ended up infinitely weaker than when she started her campaign, a situation made all the more ironic because the poll was completely unnecessary in the first place.

The mother of 15-year-old Mohammed Ayoub, who was shot and killed by Israeli security forces on the Israel-Gaza border, sits beside a poster of her son (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Tommy Sheppard: Israel is killing unarmed Palestinian protesters

The world looks on as Palestinians die at the fence that has turned the Gaza Strip into an ‘open prison’, writes SNP MP Tommy Sheppard.

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Leuchie House is Scotland's dedicated respite centre for people with long-term conditions. Picture: Simon Groset

Becky Everett: Loneliness and isolation as bad for health as smoking

Loneliness is as likely to put us at risk of an early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and can increase our likelihood of an early death by 29 per cent.

Many young men, especially those from poorer communities, are caught up in patterns of what might be called hypermasculine behaviour and risk being left behind by a changing world. Picture: Getty

Martin Robb: Boys need help to find new ways of being men without using ‘traditional’ models

It’s not easy being a boy in 2018. Young men today face challenges that weren’t experienced by their fathers and grandfathers, including changing gender roles and the disappearance of many traditionally ‘male’ jobs, and with them many of the processes that once helped boys to make the transition to manhood.

Will we all need to have national identity cards soon?

Bill Jamieson: ‘Papers please!’ ID cards loom for UK

The Scottish NEC card could become the basis for a national identity system, writes Bill Jamieson.

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The media may focus on cases of young people with cancer, but three-quarters involve people over 60

Leader comment: Old age is a cancer risk

As academics point out today, the media is more likely to report on cancer if young people are affected, even though three-quarters of cases involve those over the age of 60.

Some Scots have been forced to rely on food banks (Picture: Sarah Peters)

Rory Mair: Why Scotland’s new Social Security Bill really matters

This Social Security Bill matters. Not just for those Scots who rely on benefits, now or in the future, but for Scotland as a whole.

Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump appear to be getting along famously despite the French President's snubs and criticism of his US counterpart (Picture: AP)

Leader comment: France usurping UK’s ‘special relationship’ with US

Emmanuel Macron has crushed Donald Trump’s hand in a vice-like grip, publicly snubbed him by swerving away to greet Angela Merkel first, cheekily repurposed the US President’s favourite slogan in the cause of climate change, and even made a public appeal to US scientists to move to France because of the Republican tycoon’s anti-science rhetoric.

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David Watt is Chief Executive of Arts & Business Scotland.

David Watt Helping our great cultural heritage to weather the storms of cash cutbacks

This is European Year of Cultural Heritage. Under the slogan “Our heritage: where the past meets the future”, the aim is to encourage more people to discover and engage with cultural heritage in all its forms, be that tangible or intangible, natural or digital.

James Shaw, right, gets a hug from Waffle House CEO Walt Ehmer during a press conference on the Waffle House shooting Sunday, April 22, 2018 in Nashville, Tenn. Shaw wrestled the gun from the suspect. (Wade Payne/The Tennessean via AP)

Martyn McLaughlin: The mass shooting ‘hero’ who rejected the accolade

What would you have done if you were in James Shaw Jr’s shoes? It is a question that has gripped much of the US and the wider world since the early hours of Sunday morning, when the 29-year-old stopped off at an all-night fast food restaurant in Tennessee in search of a snack, only to leave bloodied, dazed, and ultimately, revered.

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'Doric Boule', created in 2017 by Nick Ross, a graduate of Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen, featured a series of granite benches sourced from quarries all over the world installed in Marischal College's quad

Hillary Nicoll: Look Again... there is a lot more to Aberdeen than just grey granite

Look Again Festival of Art and Design is a relatively new fixture in the cultural calendar in Aberdeen, but one that is making an increasingly important impact on the city, not only with its annual celebration of great new art and design in public spaces, but also by encouraging creative talent to stay and work in the city.

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After Kevin McLeod's body was found in Wick harbour, police ignored an instruction from the procurator fiscal to treat the case as a murder

Chris Marshall: The murder case police ignored – sinister or inept?

On the evening of 8 February, 1997, 24-year-old Kevin Mcleod said goodbye to his parents for the last time.

Doreen Lawrence spoke with dignity and poise at the ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of her son's murder. Picture: AFP/Getty

Ayesha Hazarika: Institutional racism is alive and well in UK

You would have to be heartless not to be moved by the stories of the Windrush generation who came to these shores – at our invitation – to rebuild this island after the war but who now face deportation, loss of medical treatment and the denial of the right to exist here as a citizen.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn son outside St Mary's Hospital in London (Picture: PA)

Leader comment: Royal baby row proves social media has a purpose

Many people were heartened by the birth of a new Royal baby and were moved to congratulate the happy couple.

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The statue of women's rights campaigner Millicent Fawcett by British artist Gillian Wearing unveiled in London's Parliament Square (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Leader comment: Statues should not be set in stone

Statues tend to be set in stone. However, despite this being literally true, we are not bound by the metaphor.

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Pride Edinburgh marks 21 years since the festival started (Picture: Steven Scott Taylor)

Ruth Davidson: How secrets about sexuality damage the economy

Ensuring staff don’t feel the need to be secretive about their sex lives can help companies’ profits, writes Ruth Davidson.

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Sydney Chasin, founder of lil'POP

Edward Cunningham: Unlocking Ambition programme a route for entrepreneurs 
to realise aspirations

The Commercialisation Inquiry of 1996, which included Scottish Enterprise and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), concluded that a mechanism was needed to enable the commercialisation of the excellent research being carried out in Scottish universities and research institutes. Hence, the Enterprise Fellowship programme was created and began in 1997.

Several contenders for second position are leading their charge. Picture: Contributed.

Spring sees cryptocurrencies jostling for space

There is no doubt the winter has been long and hard.

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