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  1. Jim Murphy and Ruth Davidson critical of flag tribute for Saudi king
  2. Archbishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia has suffered a heart attack
  3. Nicola Sturgeon would be invited to take part in two general election leaders' debates under revised plans
  4. Woman who 'set herself on fire' at police station dies
  5. Cyclists sue City of Edinburgh Council over tram track falls

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Coutts moves to Derby

Sheffield United have signed Scottish midfielder Paul Coutts from Derby until the summer of 2017.

Paul Coutts

Terror accused in court

A man has appeared in court accused of carrying out terror offences while living in Aberdeen. Yousif Badri - who has since moved to Halifax in Yorkshire - is accused of three crimes including collecting information useful to anyone planning a terrorist act.

The 29-year-old is accused of carrying out the crimes in Ashgrove Road, Aberdeen and at the city's Berryden Retail Park. He's accused of collecting information including footage of terror attacks and instructions on "urban assassinations" and "guerrilla tactics."

He's further accused of engaging in actions between 2006 and 2013 with the intention of committing acts of terrorism. A third charge is that he posted a quote on Twitter from an Al-Qaeda propaganda magazine.

Mr Badri denies the charges and the case was adjourned until next month.

'Sense of bewilderment'

Mr Murphy said: "I know there are all sorts of issues of protocol here. But when the sorts of things that happen in Saudi Arabia - a thousand lashes, the recent beheading of a woman.

"I think, all across Scotland - all across the UK - there will be a sense of bewilderment about it.

"I think the Scottish Government has got it right. They are not lowering either the Scottish flag or the UK flag on public buildings, and that is the right way to do it.

"I back the Scottish Government, not the UK government, on this."

Murphy on flags tribute

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy says he disagrees with the UK Government's decision to fly flags at half mast to mark the death of the King of Saudi Arabia.

Jim Murphy

Earlier, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said the decision was "a steaming pile of nonsense". The Scottish Government says flags are not routinely flown at half-mast from its buildings to mark the deaths of foreign heads of government or state.

Mr Murphy says Saudi Arabia's human rights record is an issue.

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Sportsound is on air now, as St Johnstone prepare to take on Aberdeen.

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West Ham want Fletcher

West Ham are interested in signing Darren Fletcher from Manchester United, says Hammers boss Sam Allardyce.

Darren Fletcher
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The Scotland captain, 30, has made 342 appearances for United but just five starts under boss Louis van Gaal and has six months left on his contract.

Davidson 'stood for women'

Former Conservative MP Louise Mensch

tweets: I am literally crying right now. One UK leader, just one, has stood for women and free speech today. And that leader is @RuthDavidsonMSP

Video - Churchill in Dundee

Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill.

Plaque to Winston Churchill in Dundee

The prime minister who led Britain to victory in World War Two had earlier served as MP for Dundee.

BBC Scotland's Andrew Anderson has been finding out what Churchill and the citizens of Dundee really thought of each other.

Budge on Ibrox trouble

Hearts FC owner Ann Budge has said that trouble at last week's match at Rangers was not caused by "poor or ineffective" preparation.

Ann Budge

Some supporter buses were damaged and fans hurt when the match at Ibrox was cancelled after 20 minutes due to heavy snow fall.

Ms Budge said she had spoken with a number of officials including the chief superintendent of police in Glasgow.

Sportsound on the road

Kenny Macintyre

BBC Scotland

BBC Sportsound will be on the road on Tuesday, 27 January. Aberdeen and Dundee United fans e-mail

We'll be at Kemnay Academy in Aberdeenshire for a 17:45 kick off. Confirmed on panel - Jackie McNamara, Willie Miller, Tony Docherty and Jim Spence.

Sport on Reporting Scotland


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Tune in to #ReportingScotland, on BBC1 Scot at 1830, for more from #Rangers' Kenny McDowall, and to hear from #Hamilton's new manager.

TV debate plans

Broadcasters have published new plans for TV election debates including leaders of seven UK political parties.

TV debate
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The BBC and ITV plan to stage debates involving the Conservatives, Labour, the Lib Dems, Green Party, UKIP, the SNP and Plaid Cymru.

Sky and Channel 4's plan to host a head-to-head between Mr Cameron and Ed Miliband remains unchanged.

The broadcasters said the debates would go ahead regardless of whether any party leader refused to take part.

Kellock in for Warriors

Captain Al Kellock returns to the Glasgow Warriors side in their must-win game on Sunday away to Bath in Pool 4 of the European Rugby Champions Cup.

Al Kellock

The lock is one of eight changes in the visitors' side after the 21-10 win over Montpellier as they attempt to reach the quarter-finals for the first time.

Bath, who sit second, and Glasgow, in third, both still have a chance to qualify as group winners.

Leaders Toulouse are favourites as they take on bottom side Montpellier

TV debates


Respect MP George Galloway

tweets: We could make the Leaders Debates a political X Factor with the public voting to decide who wins...#itsaknockout

Shetland crash

Police have said a man who was cut free from a van following a two-vehicle accident at Sound Brae, Shetland this afternoon is thought have no serious injuries.

The accident happened at 15.50pm, and involved the van and another vehicle.

The injured man has been taken to the Gilbert Bain Hospital.

The main road is now partially open, with police controlling the traffic. A spokesman says they hope to have it fully open again around 18:00.

Your Views - TV debates

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John: To those who think Nicola Sturgeon shouldn't take part in the leaders debate as she is not standing for Westminster, perhaps she will really put fear and panic into the other party leaders by deferring to Mr Salmond who is standing for Westminster.

Shereen on Radio Scotland

Join Shereen Nanjiani and guests tomorrow morning at 10:00 on Radio Scotland for a discussion on the will they-won't they get rid of topless women on page 3, the loss of the unforgettable Deirdre Barlow, and the latest delay in the Iraq inquiry.

Shereen Nanjiani

Police station fire woman dies

A woman who apparently set herself on fire in the reception area of a police station has died.

Clydebank police station

Katrien Pratts, a 58-year-old Belgian national, has died in Glasgow Royal Infirmary following the incident, which took place in the public area of the station, in Montrose Street, Clydebank, at about 09:55 on 7 January.

Police Scotland said Ms Pratts died in Glasgow Royal Infirmary on the night of Thursday, 22 January.

A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal and a post mortem examination will be carried out

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner is conducting an investigation relating to Police Scotland's contact with Ms Pratts in the lead up to the incident.

Your Views - TV debates

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Al, Croftfoot: Strange that the leader of the SNP will take part in the televised UK election debates as she is not actually standing for a House of Commons seat

Rob: Level of ignorance by Newsdrive presenter on multi-party election debate insulting listeners. TV in Denmark has six or seven panellists as the norm. UK is a multi party state. Catch up!

Maloney off to the US

Wigan Athletic have confirmed forward Shaun Maloney is set to leave the club.

Shaun Maloney
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The Latics have agreed a fee with Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire for Scotland star Maloney, 31, who saw a move to Leicester collapse.

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Very slow northbound traffic on the A90 heading for the Forth Road Bridge

Lerwick accident

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

Emergency services have been called to the scene of a serious road accident south of Lerwick on Shetland, police have said.

The road near Sound Brae has been closed.

Police Scotland said there were no further details at this stage.

Your Views - Ruth Davidson

Donald McLeod, St Andrews: At last there is something I can agree with Ruth Davidson about. Well done for speaking out about the ridiculous show of support for this repressive regime.

  • What do you think about Ruth Davidson's comments on the lowering of flags on public buildings as a mark of respect for the Saudi King Abdullah? Email us on

McGowan signs for United

Former Hearts defender Ryan McGowan has signed for Dundee United, subject to international clearance.

Ryan McGowan

The 25-year-old Australia cap, who most recently played for Shandong Luneng Taishan in China, has agreed a deal until the end of the 2015-16 season.

McGowan told United's website: "It is great to be back in the Scottish Premiership and I'm excited about the challenge of being a United player."

St Johnstone vs Aberdeen

There will be live coverage of tonight's Scottish Premiership fixture between St Johnstone and Aberdeen on BBC Radio Scotland, with the build-up beginning at 18:10.

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Man killed by lorry named

A man who was killed on the A96 in Aberdeenshire after being hit by a lorry has been named as 27-year-old Oskars Zenka.

Mr Zenka, who police say was from Latvia and living in Inverurie area, was killed after the incident on the Inverurie to Aberdeen Road at Tavelty junction, Kintore, at 02:20.

The 31-year-old driver of the articulated lorry was uninjured.

The road was shut in both directions, and has since reopened.

Ruth Davidson's tweet

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

We have been told by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport that it is a longstanding arrangement that when a foreign monarch dies that flags - not just down at Whitehall but also on Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace itself - are flown at half mast.

It was ordered by the department this morning that the flags be lowered on all UK government buildings from 08:00 until 20:00. There has been a pretty strong reaction not least on Twitter, where Ruth Davidson has made those comments. She confirmed to us that it was her that had made them - her Twitter account has not been hacked.

She told us that it was a steaming pile of nonsense, but also a stupid act on its own and a stupid precedent to set.

The reaction on this occasion for King Abdullah's death in Saudi Arabia is because some people believe that the human rights record of that country, under his leadership, does not deserve the flags on UK government building to be lowered.

Cocaine found in Glasgow

Police in Glasgow have discovered cocaine and "other substances to indicate the supply of cocaine" with a potential street value of £640,000.

Officers searched a house in the Saltmarket area of the city on Thursday night at around 19:00.

A 36-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman have been arrested and are currently in police custody in connection with drugs find.

A full report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal, and the pair are expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Raigmore ward closed

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

A ward at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness remains closed to new admissions because of flu.

Raigmore Hospital

Eleven patients in Ward 7C have the illness.

NHS Highland has asked that people who have the flu, or live with someone with the illness, not to visit the hospital.

The advice comes as the Scottish government urges people to get vaccinated after a rise in the number of flu patients taken seriously ill.

Ice warning

BBC Scotland Weather


Met Office Yellow 'be aware' warning for ice across most of the mainland. Valid 6pm Friday to 10am Saturday.

Weather on 23 Jan

Gordon bid turned down

Kenny Crawford

BBC Sport Scotland

Hamilton Accies have turned down a bid of £300,000 for right-back Ziggy Gordon from Polish top flight side Jagiellonia Bialystok.

Ziggy Gordon

Family plea for missing woman

The family of a missing East Kilbride grandmother have made an emotional appeal for her return.

Wilhelmina Rooney
Police Scotland

Wilhelmina Rooney, known as Anne, was last seen by her husband at their home in South Lanarkshire on Monday morning.

A large-scale search has been mounted for the 71-year-old, with police dogs and helicopters involved.

Her family issued an appeal directed to Mrs Rooney, saying: "Nothing's the same without you."

New Accies management team


Kenny Crawford

BBC Sport Scotland

New Accies management set up: Martin Canning - player boss, Chris Swailes - asst boss, Guillaume Beuzelin - head coach.

Hamilton management team

Hamilton confirm new manager

Martin Canning has been confirmed as the new manager of Hamilton Accies.

Martin Canning

From the archive

How did Belfast celebrate Burns Night in 1978? By parading three haggii around the streets of Belfast with a bagpiper, of course.

(And we bet you didn't know the plural of haggis until now!)

Burns Night in 1978

Watch this archive film from the BBC's Nicholas Witchell.

'Steaming pile of nonsense'

Union flags are

flying at half mast on UK government buildings out of respect to King Abdullah, the Saudi monarch who has died at the age of 90.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson

tweets that the move is a 'steaming pile of nonsense':

Ruth Davidson Tweet screengrab

Update: Archbishop 'out of hospital soon'

A spokesman for the Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, has given an update on his condition after

he suffered a heart attack in Spain.

Archbishop Tartaglia

"After tests and a minor medical procedure today it is hoped that Archbishop Tartaglia will be able to leave hospital in a few days and return to Scotland as soon as is possible," he said.

The archbishop, 64, was admitted to hospital in Salamanca on Thursday.

Video - Cyclists in tram court action

Watch a report from BBC Scotland's Steven Godden on Edinburgh City Council being taken to court after 60 cyclists claim to have fallen off their bikes due to tram tracks.

David Steele

David Steele was out of action for six weeks, and says he would like to be compensated for the injury and the damage to property. He says his main motivation is one of public safety.

"I did suffer some physical and financial loss. I ruined £600 worth of clothing in the incident, which I would obviously like to be compensated for but the important thing here is that we need to get the public safety issue resolved very quickly."