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S. Karly Kehoe, Debora B. F. Kayembe and Shawki Al-Dubaee: Academic refugees have much to offer countries which give them a safe haven

Imagine what it would feel like if you had your career ripped out from under you. If you had your entire life’s work destroyed by people who feared your critical appraisal. How would you feel if, all of the sudden, you became a ­target for violence or retribution just because you worked at a university and were considered to have intellectual ­abilities?

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Poll: most Scots back SNP’s tax rise plan

A majority of Scots back Nicola Sturgeon’s plans to raise income tax to help fund public services, according to a new poll.

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Every nation requires an immigration policy as an open-door plan is socially and politically unacceptable
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Kenny MacAskill: Migrants help make Scotland a cultural melting pot

Migration is the issue of our time, convulsing many countries as war and climate change wreak havoc. Fortress Britain is no more defensible than Fortress Europe, and an Immigration Home Guard is as ludicrous as Trump’s Wall.

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Carillion's collapse was spectacular and questions must be asked, but the answer is not nationalisation (Picture: SWNS)

Bill Jamieson: Carillion’s failure was necessary, nationalisation isn’t

The demise of the corporate behemoth Carillion is no argument for nationalisation, writes Bill Jamieson.

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Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson's frustration with Conservative party leaders at Westminster has boiled over into public view in recent days (Picture: Greg Macvean)

Tom Peterkin: Tory tin ear on Scotland is fuelling ‘power grab’ row

The UK Government’s failure to meet a deadline to amend legislation to devolve some EU powers to Scotland after Brexit may play into the SNP’s hands but a deal can still be struck, writes Tom Peterkin.

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The Bayeux Tapestry would be 'probably the most significant' loan of art by France to the UK, according to the British Museum (Picture: PA)

Leader comment: Rude UK must learn from Macron’s Bayeux diplomacy

Emmanuel Macron has just given Britain a masterclass in diplomacy. His announcement that the Bayeux Tapestry will be loaned to the UK has already created a significant stir. Just imagine what it will be like when the 950-year-old artefact actually arrives.

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The laws were introduced following the infamous Old Firm shame game of 2011, which saw then Celtic manager Neil Lennon (pictured) and his Rangers counterpart Ally McCoist square up on the touchline after the match. Picture: SNS Group

Controversial Scottish sectarian laws face the axe after MSPs back repeal

Controversial laws aimed at cracking down on sectarian abuse at football are facing the axe after a MSPs at Holyrood backed their repeal.

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Scotland faces severe accommodation shortage for university students on campus

Scotland faces severe accommodation shortage for university students on campus

Scotland has a “clear problem” with providing accommodation for university students on campus, an MSP has claimed.

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Former Carillion boss resigns from Aberdeen oil firm

Former Carillion boss resigns from Aberdeen oil firm

Former Carillion chief executive Richard Howson has resigned from an Aberdeen oil services giant.

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Whisky distilleries are opening in greater numbers south of the border. Picture: Carl Court/Getty Images

Whisky distilleries on the rise south of Scottish border

It has long been regarded as Scotland’s national drink. But now, a growing number of whisky distilleries are opening south of the Border, with the number of new spirits manufacturing facilities rocketing in England and Wales over the past five years.

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Brexit Secretary David Davis described the passing of the EU Withdrawal Bill as an "historic milestone"

‘Historic milestone’ hailed as MPs vote through Brexit Withdrawal Bill

Flagship Brexit legislation has cleared the House of Commons in a significant parliamentary milestone on the way out of the European Union.

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Bernard Ingham, Margaret Thatcher's former press secretary, fears the House of Lords' attempt to control the press could have serious consequences for democracy

Bernard Ingham: Press freedom attack could turn UK into a totalitarian state

Heaven only knows what they would call me now in this at once sensitive and insensitive age. As Margaret Thatcher’s press secretary for 11 years, I copped a lot of abuse and ridicule.

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RBS Bothwell is among 62 branches set to close across Scotland

RBS workers joked about letting customers ‘hang themselves’

RBS employees in a controversial small business unit joked about letting customers “hang themselves”, newly published memos reveal.

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Tesco has delayed plans to change its Clubcard rewards scheme

Tesco delays Clubcard changes

Tesco is delaying changes to its Clubcard rewards scheme after an outcry from customers who objected to a cut to the value of vouchers without warning.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attacked Theresa May over Carillion at today's Prime Minister's Questions. Picture: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Jeremy Corbyn accuses Theresa May of being ‘negligent’ on Carillion

Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Government of “negligence” over Carillion as he urged Theresa May to end the “costly racket” of private companies running services for the public.

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Finance Secretary Derek Mackay

Scottish Government accepts calls for Budget changes to protect services

The Scottish Government has accepted calls to make ­changes to its budget to protect services and increase ­public sector pay.

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Ruth Davidson.

Can the Tories win the 2021 election?

Not for the first time in the last 18 months or so, the Scottish Conservatives are seemingly a party with their tails up.

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A section of the Bayeux Tapestry

France set to loan 950-year-old Bayeux Tapestry to Britain

French president Emmanuel Macron mounted a diplomatic conquest of Britain yesterday with the announcement that the 950-year-old Bayeux Tapestry will finally be loaned to the UK.

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Catalonia's new parliament has elected a speaker. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Independence push surges ahead as Catalonia parliament elects speaker

Catalonia’s new parliament has elected a pro-secession speaker, virtually guaranteeing the push for independence for Spain’s northeastern region will go ahead.

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Tourists at Burns Cottage in Alloway. Picture: Rob McDougall

SNP MSP hails ‘economic impact’ of Robert Burns

An SNP MSP will today lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament celebrating “the economic impact” of Robert Burns on Scotland.

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