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Brexit bill to go ahead if ‘power grab’ talks collapse

UK ministers are preparing to push ahead with Brexit legislation even if last-ditch talks tomorrow fail to win the support of devolved administrations.

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Former Edinburgh councillor Lewis Ritchie.

‘Punch’ row SNP councillor accused of sexual harassment

FORMER Edinburgh planning chief Lewis Ritchie had two allegations of sexual harassment against him, it has emerged.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to marry in May. Picture: PA

Aberdeenshire pubs may get extra opening hours to mark royal wedding

Bars in Aberdeenshire may stay open longer on the day of the royal wedding if an application to extend licensing hours is granted by the local licencing board.

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Egor Piskunov. Picture: Contributed

Head of ‘Russian Propaganda HQ’ in Edinburgh says outlet is like BBC

The Editor of a controversial state-backed Russian media outlet with its UK headquarters in Edinburgh has compared his site to the BBC and insists that the organisation is here to stay.

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Mike Russell will meet UK ministers this week

Time running out in Brexit stand-off between Holyrood and Westminster

Time is running out for a breakthrough to be found in the constitutional impasse between Holyrood and Westminster over a post Brexit "power grab", a spokesman for Nicola Sturgeon has said.

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Jeremy Corbyn has instructed solicitors

Jeremy Corbyn threatens legal action against Conservative MP

Jeremy Corbyn has threatened legal action against a Conservative MP over an online claim that he sold British secrets to “Communist spies”.

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Ninewells hospital in Dundee

Mortality rate in Scottish hospitals drops by 10%

The mortality rate at Scotland’s hospitals has fallen by more than 10% since 2014, new figures show.

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Holyrood to back higher taxes for middle-earning Scots

The Scottish Parliament will today formally back a radical overhaul of the tax system which will leave Scots middle-earners facing higher levies than their counterparts south of the Border.

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Former minister for childcare and early years Mark McDonald stood down  after it was claimed he sent a woman lewd messages. Picture: John Devlin

Details of misconduct claims against former SNP minister revealed

The details of misconduct claims against a former SNP minister that led to his resignation over allegations of inappropriate behaviour have come to light.

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Scottish Government to ‘reject’ Downing St concession on Brexit

The Scottish Government is set to reject a key concession made by Downing Street in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock, it has been reported.

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Mr Sarwar said he would not be deterred from campaigning against racism. Picture: John Devlin

Police investigate far-right threat to Labour MSP Anas Sarwar

Police are investigating after Labour MSP Anas Sarwar was threatened by a far-right group.

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Lewis Ritchie

‘Punch’ row councillor Lewis Ritchie quits SNP

Edinburgh’s former planning chief has quit the SNP, amid complaints about his behaviour.

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Edinburgh firms Artemis Intelligent Power and Quoceant secured a �2.5m grant to develop improved wave powered machines. A new report calls for an improved strategy to help such developments

Scotland needs strategy for ‘fourth industrial revolution’

Scotland should develop an economic and social strategy for responding to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, according to a new report.

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Paris Gourtsoyannis: Ruth vs Jacob is battle for Tory soul

How the two most popular Tories – Ruth Davidson and Jacob Rees-Mogg – settle big differences will define Conservative party, writes Paris Gourtsoyannis.

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Digging up the road can let to major problems if the repairs are not done properly and the weather gets in (Picture: Michael Gillen)

Donald Anderson: Why Scotland’s pothole problem is here to stay

Donald Anderson, a former Edinburgh City Council leader, confesses he ended up swearing like Gordon Ramsay as he tried to improve the state of the Capital’s roads.

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Scottish food industry to be ‘devastated’ by hard Brexit

Scotland’s flagship food industry is facing a “devastating” impact from a hard Brexit with the prospect of a 90 per cent fall in sales across mainland Europe under a “no deal” scenario.

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Call for Scots student charges to be considered in UK funding review

The prospect of Scottish students being charged to go to university north of the Border should be examined as part of a review into the funding system for English institutions unveiled by Theresa May, according to the Scottish Tories.

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Nicola Sturegon has praised the SNP's childcare proposals. Picture: John Devlin

Childcare system ‘not working’ for Scots parents

Scotland’s childcare system is “not set up for working parents”, according to campaigners who have revealed just one in ten council-run facilities stay open to cover regular office hours.

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Taking personal responsibility can help people transcend life's problems

Darren McGarvey: Personal responsibility is a left-wing issue too

Last week, I was invited to a community venue in York to speak and perform on the theme of poverty. After reading a little, I decided to engage with some of the criticisms I have received of late, in relation to my writing on the topic.

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Fishing industry leaders are worried about the prospect of a 'hard Brexit' (Picture: Getty)

Leader comment: Scottish fishermen’s message for Boris on Brexit

It might seem slightly odd to compare the views of Boris Johnson and those of the Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation. But, as far as Brexit is concerned, it is absolutely vital.

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