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Summary

  1. Five men arrested in connection with Argyll Arcade robbery
  2. Nicola Sturgeon is formally sworn in as first minister
  3. Ms Sturgeon will seek suggestions from political rivals during tenure
  4. University investigates rape threats
  5. Four Scotland changes ahead of rugby autumn Test vs Tonga

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By Thomas McGuigan, Paul McLaren and Laura Cuthill

All times stated are UK

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BBC Scotland News

That's all from the Scotland Live team for today. Join us again tomorrow from 08:00 for all the breaking news and sport, plus travel and weather updates from around the country.

MacAskill hails Clare's Law scheme

Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has met the father of a woman murdered by her ex-boyfriend ahead of the introduction of a pilot scheme to tackle domestic violence.

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Police Scotland's Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse, also known as Clare's Law, is being trialled for six months in Ayrshire and Aberdeen from next Tuesday.

It will allow people to access information on their new partners' offending history.

Mr MacAskill met with Michael Brown, whose daughter Clare Wood was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in Salford, Greater Manchester, in 2009. She was unaware of his history of violence against women.

Mr MacAskill said: "This law is a victory for common sense and I am pleased to see a similar scheme now being piloted in Scotland."

Woman in hospital after bus crash

A female passenger has been taken to hospital following

a crash between a bus, a Land Rover pulling a trailer of sheep and a car in Midlothian.

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A male passenger and the driver were trapped in the bus in the crash at 15:18 at Bush Loan crossroads near Gowkley Moss Roundabout.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue service said officers used a crow bar to release the double-decker bus doors to free the casualties.

BBC Scotland Weather

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Tomorrow: Still some showers in the north east, but bright and breezy for most. Rain and strong winds into the south west later in the afternoon. Wet for all tomorrow night.

Mackay hiring 'mocks FA'

BBC Sport

Scotland

Malky Mackay's appointment as Wigan's new manager "makes a mockery" of a Football Association inquiry,

according to Leroy Rosenior.

Malky Mackay
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The FA is looking into allegations Mackay sent homophobic, sexist and racist text messages while at Cardiff.

Former Brentford manager and Football League Show pundit Rosenior feels Wigan are "gambling on their reputation".

"People have made a decision without finding out what's actually happened," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

Man hit by train dies

A 30-year-old man has died

after being struck by a train near Edinburgh Park station.

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British Transport Police said the incident was reported to them just after 14:00.

The train was the 13:15 Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh service. Scotrail said two lines between Linlithgow and Edinburgh were closed until 17:00.

It said although the lines had reopened there was "ongoing disruption" due to a backlog of services.

OAP blocked fire engine

A pensioner almost ran a fire engine off the road by

refusing to let it overtake on the way to an emergency call-out.

John McIntyre, 67, made a rude gesture at firefighters when they eventually managed to pass him.

The crew had earlier been forced to take evasive action twice while trying to overtake with lights and siren on.

McIntyre, of Crieff, was banned from driving following the incident on the A85 on 19 April and fined £450.

Death bollard 'in bad condition'

The base of a concrete bollard that

killed a child at the Royal Highland Show was in a "pretty bad condition", a court has heard.

Construction safety expert Peter Cheesman, 69, said the fact the bollard was standing on gravel meant it would have a tendency to rock or fall over.

Ben Craggs
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Three-year-old Ben Craggs died after the post toppled onto him at the Ingliston showground in June 2008.

The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland denies eight charges against them at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

BBC Scotland Travel

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A9 Stirling - RTA northbound between Keir Roundabout and Dunblane. Inside lane blocked

Linwood - 15 minute delays on A737 westbound. RTA blocking one lane heading for Irvine.

Paedophiles suing over 'hurt feelings'

Two paedophiles who murdered a woman are

suing Scottish ministers over lack of contact in jail and for £35,000 compensation each over "hurt feelings".

William Lauchlan and Charles O'Neill killed Allison McGarrigle after she planned to reveal their sex abuse.

Charles O'Neill and William Lauchlan. Pics by CIARAN DONNELLY
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The pair say they were previously in a long-standing relationship.

They claim the Scottish government has breached their human rights by failing to let them have inter-prison visits and contact by telephone and letters.

Counterfeit cash trial

Four people are to stand trial accused of making counterfeit Scottish bank notes.

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Stuart Trimble, Victor Robertson, Angela Cartney and Anthony Howland deny three charges under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act.

It is alleged they made fake Royal Bank of Scotland £20 notes at two properties in Glasgow and one in Ayrshire between July and September last year.

At the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lord Boyd set a trial date for March next year.

Sex attacker jailed for six years

A man who indecently assaulted a woman in the street in Perth has been jailed for six years.

John Ness, 46, grabbed the woman from behind as she walked along St Leonard's Bank in the early hours of 25 May.

He pushed her to the ground and, removing her top and bra, placed his hand over her mouth and told her to be quiet.

Ness, who has two previous High Court convictions for sex attacks, was placed on the sex offenders' register.

Smith Commission date confirmed

David Porter

Westminster correspondent

A shadow minister has told the Commons that the Smith Commission will report a week today.

Ian Murray, the Labour MP for Edinburgh South, was speaking during a debate on devolution.

The commission has been charged with brokering agreement among the political parties on further devolution for Scotland.

Earlier, the Prime Minister confirmed to the Commons Liaison Committee that the report would be made public next week.

Second warrant for Whyte's arrest

An arrest warrant has been issued for former Rangers owner Craig Whyte

after he failed to attend a court hearing.

He had been due to appear at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, where Ticketus are suing him for about £18m over his part in the Rangers takeover.

Craig Whyte
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Mr Justice Newey issued the arrest warrant after Mr Whyte failed to appear following previous failures to show.

A separate warrant for Mr Whyte's arrest was issued in Scotland last week over a separate case.

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BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive (16:00-18:00) is getting under way. It will focus on today's biggest stories, including Nicola Sturgeon's inaugural First Minister's Questions.

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Person killed by train

A person has died after being struck by a train close to Edinburgh Park station.

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British Transport Police said the incident was reported to them just after 14:00.

ScotRail said trains between Linlithgow and Edinburgh will be disrupted until 17:00.

Kilmarnock attack

A street attack in East Ayrshire that left a man with a serious head injury is

being treated as attempted murder.

The victim was assaulted on a footpath, near Onthank Primary and Tourhill Road, Kilmarnock, at about 02:00 on Saturday.

Police
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He was approached by another man who hit him with a large weapon.

There is currently no description of the attacker. The victim, 32, made his way home and was treated at Crosshouse Hospital before being taken to Glasgow's Southern General Hospital.

Easdale 'wanted personal assurances'

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

Sandy Easdale, chairman of the Rangers football board, sought assurances that

boardroom changes would not force him out of Ibrox, Dave King has revealed.

Dave King
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During discussions about a proposed £16m investment by King and a Rangers fans' consortium, he wanted reassurance that his position was safe.

He was advised there was "no immediate intention to remove him or his brother [James] from the board".

Sandy Easdale subsequently supported Mike Ashley's offer of a £2m loan.

Travel update

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A96 - Inverurie to Huntly road partially blocked by RTA between Pitcaple & Inveramsay. Police directing traffic - delays in each direction.

Bird numbers down

Many of Scotland's

land-based birds have declined in numbers since the mid-2000s, according to a report by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Skylark
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Stonechats, buzzards, greenfinches and jackdaws have decreased in numbers.

Researchers also recorded a declines since 1994 in kestrels, skylarks, capercaillie and lapwings.

Factors for the falls include disease, severe winters, shortages of insects, poor breeding and - for swifts - a lack of suitable buildings for their nests.

Callous rapist faces life sentence

Police have condemned a "callous individual" who was convicted of a string of sex attacks across 18 years.

Adam Carruthers
Police Scotland

Serial rapist Adam Carruthers was convicted on Monday of 17 charges including rape and indecent assault in Falkirk between 1996 and 2014.

Det Ch Insp Samantha McCluskey said Carruthers, 44, had "targeted vulnerable women whom he believed would never speak against him".

Carruthers will be sentenced next year and could face a life sentence.

FMQs - Your Views

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David, Glasgow: FMQs was much better today. Yes the usual slanging match may be more entertaining but personally I'd prefer to turn on the TV and not see the leaders of my country slag each other and cheer and boo like kids in a playground. At the end of the day, all of the MSPs have been put there by us, the people, to work for us and if they can find consensus to work together to improve our country, how can that be a bad thing? Well done Nicola.

Man seriously injured in crash

A man was seriously injured in a

crash between a car and a truck on the A85 road in Perthshire.

The road was closed in both directions between Gilmerton and Crieff following the collision between a Honda Civic and a Isuzu truck at about 09:20.

The 25-year-old driver of the car suffered a life-threatening head injury and is being treated at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

Fire crews, a trauma team and an air ambulance were all called to the scene. Local diversions were put in place for more than five hours following the crash, about a mile west of Gilmerton.

Murder accused 'identified'

A murder accused was identified to police as the man who stabbed a taxi driver hours before a woman was killed in Glasgow, a court has heard.

Isabelle Sanders
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Cabbie Daniel O'Donnell identified Paul McManus as the man who knifed him in the knee during an attempted carjacking.

Mr O'Donnell told the High Court in Glasgow he was attacked when he got into his BMW outside a Spar shop on 8 April.

Later that day, Isabelle Sanders was found dead at her home in Crookston.

Mr McManus denies murder and the trial continues.

Polling power

Councillors have agreed to keep eight polling stations in the Borders open due to the "democratic boom" during the Scottish independence referendum.

Polling station sign
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Consultation had been carried out on the move to shut sites with an electorate of less than 100.

Scottish Borders Council was told the costs of running a rural polling place were far higher than in urban areas.

However, councillors backed a motion by leader David Parker to retain the sites after the high referendum turnout.

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Ali's Brighton breezy

Award-winning author Ali Smith has been named as the

guest director of the 2015 Brighton Festival.

Ali Smith
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The Inverness-born author won the 2014 Goldsmiths Prize for original fiction for her novel How to be Both.

She said "unexpected connection, the crossing places between the art forms" was part of her thinking for the event.

Previous guest directors have included children's author Michael Rosen, Oscar-winner Vanessa Redgrave and Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Queen visits military bases

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been visiting Moray's two military bases.

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The Royal party arrived by the Royal train at Elgin station before travelling to RAF Lossiemouth.

There they watched a Royal salute and parade before Her Majesty unveiled a plaque marking the assumption of quick reaction alert duties by squadrons based there.

The Royal party is also visiting the Kinloss barracks.

Police appeal over thefts

Police Scotland is appealing for information following two break-ins and thefts in Selkirk.

A petrol generator, scrap brass, a wheel barrow and ten gallons of diesel - all worth about £900 - were stolen when a garage on Whinfield Road was broken into sometime between 22:30 on Monday 17 November and 09:45 on Tuesday 18 November.

Meanwhile, about £1,500 worth of tools, including a power drill, circular saw, heavy duty breaker and a jack plane were stolen from a property in Bleachfield Road between 17:00 on Tuesday and 10:30 on Wednesday.

BBC Scotland Weather

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Tonight: Still a few showers, mainly in the north east. Most places dry with a few mist patches. Temperatures widely 5-7C, but chillier in Highland glens. Windy in the south west later.

Eight in court over football fight

Eight men have appeared in court charged with fighting following the Scotland v England football match.

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Alexander Dredge, 31, David Stewart 33, Darren Bigglestone, 46, Lee George, 34, Charles Kennet, 28, Graham Lewis 55, George Policelli, 33, and John Willet, 30, were all arrested on 18 November.

They are charged with engaging in a fight at the Thistle Hotel on Cambridge Street in Glasgow after the game at Celtic Park which England won 3-1.

All eight made no plea and were granted bail at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Tonga favourites?

Phil Goodlad

BBC Scotland

Tonga are "probably favourites" for the autumn Test against Scotland this weekend, according to head coach Vern Cotter.

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter
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He says that isn't psychology talk for his players but that the tourists have won two from two of their autumn Tests so far and reflects "what happened two years ago".

Tapestry headed for Stirling

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is to go on show at Stirling Castle.

Officially the world's largest embroidered tapestry, the 143m-long artwork uses 300 miles of yarn to depict 42 million years of Scottish history across 160 panels.

Tapestry Bannockburn
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More than 1,000 volunteers from across Scotland spent 50,000 hours stitching the piece together before it was unveiled last year.

The tapestry will go on show in the castle's Great Hall from 31 January.

Stranded seal pup recovering

An injured seal pup is being treated by the Scottish SPCA after becoming stranded on an Edinburgh beach.

stranded seal pandia
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The four-week-old female, which has been named Pandia by rescue staff, was spotted by a dog-walker near Seafield on 13 November.

Colin Seddon, manager of the National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Clackmannanshire where the pup is being treated, said: "She has a swollen flipper but is responding to treatment and doing well.

"We are hopeful we will be able to release her back to the wild once she is fully fit and able to fend for herself."

University rape threats

Edinburgh University has launched an investigation into threats of rape made by members of an American-style "fraternity" organisation.

It follows minutes leaked to student newspaper, The Tab, from a meeting of the The Delta Kappa Epsilon society.

edinburgh university
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The minutes reveal discussions of rape, sexual harassment and transphobia against the university's feminist society.

Police have been informed of the comments.

'Defensive ding dong'

Andrew Black

Political reporter, BBC Scotland

Scotland's new first minister has offered to consider suggestions from political rivals to help the government to a better job. Nicola Sturgeon used her first day in the job to eschew "the usual defensive ding dong" in favour of a more open-minded approach. Ms Sturgeon's comments, during question time at Holyrood, came as the SNP administration was accused of failing on justice and cancer treatment.

Sean yersel, Tom

Tom Cruise has been linked to a role made famous by Sir Sean Connery in a remake of 1986 cult fantasy movie Highlander.

Tom Cruise on set of Mission Impossible 5
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Summit Entertainment hopes to cast Cruise as Spanish sword fighter Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez,

according to Empire.

Connery played the character with a Scottish accent.

Cruise recently appeared in sci-fi Edge of Tomorrow and has been filming scenes for Mission: Impossible 5.

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Scotland changes

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has made four injury-enforced changes to his side to play Tonga in Saturday's autumn Test at Rugby Park.

Tight-head prop Geoff Cross and number 8 Johnnie Beattie step into the pack for Euan Murray and Adam Ashe; who miss out through thigh and neck injuries respectively.

Tim Visser and Sean Lamont replace Sean Maitland and Mark Bennet following the defeat by the All Blacks at Murrayfield.

Beaver trial reports

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

Six new reports examining the Scottish Beaver Trial in Argyll have been published. The studies will help the Scottish government in considering any future reintroductions of the animals.

The first Norwegian beavers were released in Knapdale in 2009 after six months of quarantine at the Highland Wildlife Park near Aviemore.

Young beaver
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The reports cover the health and diet of the mammals and their impact on the landscape and local economy. Researchers noted that the beavers changed the shape of woodland close to loch shores and increased the water level of one loch after building a dam on it.

The presence of the mammals at Knapdale boosted visits to the area by "beaver tourists" and volunteers to the project, according to one of the reports. The same research suggested the benefit to local businesses was "modest".

However, the report also said that shops and firms might be able to boost earnings and job opportunities if the beavers were allowed to stay permanently.